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Teaching Assistant

The Dorcan AcademySwindon

Would you like to join us on our journey to become an outstanding school of first choice at the heart of our local community? Do you care enough to want to make a significant difference to the lives of our amazing students? This is an opportunity for you to become a valued member of our highly effective Additional needs team which is committed to in-class and individual support to promote the emotional, physical and educational development of students.  There is also a requirement to undertake break duties. 

This post would suit a graduate looking for experience in the educational sector or prior to starting a teacher training course. An A-level in English and/or Maths would be an advantage. You will be supporting students in class to be able to access tasks set by the teacher; by breaking down and repeating explanations where needed,  by preparing relevant resources, questioning students to challenge them to think and by building confidence through praise. 

The Dorcan Academy is a popular 11-16 school with an exciting and enriching curriculum, and a myriad of learning experiences. We are located on the eastern edge of Swindon, within easy reach of the scenic Cotswolds and nearby Bath, Bristol and Oxford.  We are an inclusive, caring school with friendly staff with high expectations of ourselves; and students have a positive attitude to learning. The school prides itself on challenging, supporting and developing staff and students, so that we are the best we can be. Our vision is to be an outstanding school of first choice at the heart of our local community.  

We aim to do this through our: 

1) Culture - An inclusive school where everyone is valued, cared for and nurtured in an extraordinary way.

2) Curriculum - Students acquire ‘powerful knowledge’ and skills that prepare them fully for the world work and their wellbeing, delivered through outstanding teaching

3) Character - Students stand out as model citizens, showing kindness, respect and doing their best

4) Community - All stakeholders use their unique gifts and talents to serve others and enable them to flourish

 At The Dorcan Academy our ethos is underpinned by the five principles of: Belonging, Purpose, Aspiration, Perseverance and Achievement and seek to develop in our students the character attributes of Honesty, Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Generosity, Gratitude, Personal Responsibility, Resilience and Self-Discipline. 

The Dorcan Academy is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All appointments will be subject to satisfactory references, a DBS clearance, and proof of the Right to Work in the UK.

Closing Date:   Friday 17 September 2021

Hours:  8:15am – 3:15pm (to include half hour unpaid lunch break)

Salary:  £19,312 - £19.698 (full-time equivalent)

Start Date:   September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

(Please note that this advert may close early if a suitable candidate is found before the closing date)


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