About us

Lady Zia Wernher is an outstanding Ofsted rated community primary special school educating children between the age of 3 and 11 years where standards of education are very high.  Our core values are respect, creativity, passion and independence.  Based on the Bedfordshire Hertfordshire border, we have a diverse staff and welcome applicants from all communities.  Our grounds, buildings and surrounding areas offer great opportunities for creative learning.

Our pupils have severe learning difficulties, or profound and multiple learning difficulties.  The designation of the school means that pupils typically have complex needs and medical needs requiring a high degree or differentiation and bespoke provision.  In most cases our pupils will be working within and below the national expected levels for pupils of their age.  We offer small classes working with large teams of support staff and additional NHS therapists. 

The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

If you share our values of teamwork, inclusion and innovation and have high expectations of what children can achieve we would like to hear from you.

About the job

Contract: Term time plus 5 days

Hours: 30.5 per week

Salary: £4.35 a hour

You'll gain valuable experience working with children under the direction of the teacher as part of a year group team supporting the teachers in a variety of activities throughout the school.

As a Teaching Assistant in our school, your duties will include:

  • Following agreed lesson plans to support the teaching and learning of individual or groups of pupils, using support strategies appropriate to the needs of the pupils.

  • Contributing to the development of pupils.

  • Contributing to the planning and assessment of teaching and learning for individual pupils.

  • Working closely with Class Teachers.

  • Be a good role model, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities.

  • Undertaking the lunch duty in the class and Year Group you are working in.

  • Promote Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

About you

To be successful in this role will have

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

  • Ability to work on own initiative

  • Ability to communicate effectively with children

  • Able to contribute to the support and development of children

  • Ability to keep accurate records

  • Basic ICT skills

  • Knowledge of equality issues

  • Good timekeeper

  • Understand current statutory guidance including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Part 1, safeguarding policies, Prevent Strategy

  • Ability to deliver/lead small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters using initiative, sensitivity and understanding

Personal Qualities

  • Professional appearance and manner

  • Enthusiasm and confidence when working with children

  • Quick and enthusiastic learner

  • Self-motivated

  • Prepared to learn new skills

  • Able to contribute constructively to and work effectively as a team member

  • Reliable

  • Honest

  • Commitment to learn and improve personal skill set

Application process

Interview date: 8th September 2020

Additional information

As this is a term-time only role, it is expected that the post holder will take annual leave during the school holidays.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Because of the nature of this post, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken.

The role may involve lifting of children and equipment. There may also be the requirement to clear up after a pupil has been ill or had a spillage/toileting accident.