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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Term-time only (Temporary)
Working Pattern:
Full time - term time plus specified days
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
15/11/2021 23:59
£18,562 - £18,933 pro rata
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Schools - Support
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Wheatley Hill Community Primary School
Number of posts:

Job details 

Closing date:
15 Nov

Further information

Temporary Teaching Assistant
Grade 2 £18,562 - £18,933 pro rata
Required from November 2021 or as soon as possible until August 2022, with possibility of extension

The Governing Body of this popular primary school seek to appoint excellent, enthusiastic, creative and motivated teaching assistants to support the excellent teaching and learning within our school as it continues to grow.

We are looking for teaching assistants who have a passion for working with children with additional needs. All of our teaching assistants will be well supported to develop into highly skilled practitioners and will receive a significant training package including curriculum, assessment, SEND support etc. We strongly recommend interested candidates to contact the school for a discussion around this exciting position and how the future of these roles could develop.

Our highly inclusive school is dedicated to delivering outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for all pupils regardless of needs, through a culture of co-production, experiential learning and growth, where carers and professionals work together to support the holistic development of the child. Therefore, we are seeking to appoint at least one committed and passionate teaching assistant to work in one of our classrooms within Wheatley Hill Primary School. If possible, the successful candidate would also join our team of staff providing pupil transport using school vehicles as either a driver or as an escort.

The post may be extended beyond August 2022 subject to review and satisfactory probationary period, depending on SEND funding.

The successful applicants will have a keen interest in predominantly working with children with SEND, mainly on a small group basis in a mainstream classroom or within a specialist setting. You will need to be wholly committed to becoming an integral member of our hard-working and dedicated team and will:

• Have high expectations and a strong commitment to raising standards for children with SEND
• Make learning exciting, memorable and enjoyable
• Have experience and a keen interest in supporting SEND pupils, including those with complex needs
• Support pupils who display complex and challenging behaviour
• Support the school transport system as a driver/escort
• Be able to fulfil requirement of Durham County Council’s Grade 2 TA Job Description

There will be the opportunity to work with the mainstream provision in school as well as you support children with SEND to integrate into the mainstream classroom. We are looking for people who have a Level 2 or equivalent childcare / teaching assistant qualification and some experience working with young people. The candidate must be willing to work hard to develop their understanding of high quality teaching & learning strategies as well as knowledge of the supporting children with SEND in education. It is essential that the successful candidate has a clear desire to work with children with SEND.

Wheatley Hill Primary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. Applications are invited from prospective candidates who are able to demonstrate that they are able to meet the essential criteria set out in the person specification and who have the vision, values and tenacity to join an outstanding team and help continue the journey towards excellence. Visits for discussion with the headteacher and to see excellent provision at Wheatley Hill are strongly encouraged and can be arranged by appointment with the school office. (TBC during the current circumstances)
Durham County Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We want to develop a more diverse workforce and we positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Term time only plus two additional weeks’ pay is calculated on the basis of the following:
• Number of ‘teaching’ weeks – 38 weeks; plus
• Public (bank) holidays – 1.6 weeks (8 days); plus
• Two additional weeks, inclusive of CPD – 2 weeks; plus
• Individual leave entitlement - 5.2 weeks (26 days) or 6.2 weeks (31 days)
Individual leave entitlement is calculated on the length of continuous service.
Employees with less than 5 years’ service will receive 26 days annual leave.
Employees with more than 5 years’ service will receive 31 days annual leave.
For example:

Calculation for employees with less than 5 years’ service:
40 weeks (term time plus 2) + 26 days (annual leave) + 8 days (public holidays) = 46.8 weeks’ pay, to be paid in 12 equal monthly instalments

Calculation for employees with more than 5 years’ service:
40 weeks (term time plus 2) + 31 days (annual leave) + 8 days (public holidays) = 47.8 weeks’ pay, to be paid in 12 equal monthly instalments

Applicants with disabilities will be invited for interview if the essential job criteria are met.

Where our roles are customer facing and you are required to speak to members of the public, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post. As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

For further information about this post please contact the Headteacher, Mr Scarr.
Completed application and safeguarding forms are returnable to the school. If you wish to email your application send it to wheatleyhill@durhamlearning.net

Closing date: 15th November 2021
Interviews: TBC - under current circumstances these may be by telephone or remote

This post is not open to job share.
Wheatley Hill Community Primary School
Wheatley Hill,
Co. Durham,

Tel: 01429 820594
Email: wheatleyhill@durhamlearning.net
Website: www.whprimary.com

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