For further information about this vacancy please contact us using Ref: JFO/TA
Hours: 31 hours per week, term time only
Salary Range: Sandwich Technology Range 3, Point 11
Salary: £13,551 (pro rata to £19,293 full time equivalent)
Start date: September 2022
We require a teaching assistant to join our well-established SEND team. We are seeking candidates with good standards of numeracy, literacy and ICT skills. The successful candidates will be enthusiastic, positive and committed to supporting our students. In return the school can offer excellent CPD opportunities and a supportive and friendly team to work with.
Candidates must be able to work collaboratively and it would be preferable but not essential to have some prior experience of working with children or young adults.
Please note that should sufficient applications be received this advert may close earlier than stated, so if you are interested in this position please apply now.
**Please note we are not accepting agency applications at this time.**
Information about the school
STS is an 11 to 18, mixed, secondary school that has an excellent reputation across Kent where "Pupils engage well in learning. They enjoy their lessons and behave well. Pupils show respect for each other and value the work their teachers do to support them" (OFSTED May 2019).
The success of our students from Year 7 through to the Sixth Form is due to the ‘can do, will do’ attitude that is the hallmark of staff and students alike. At STS we ‘Hold fast that which is good’: a broad and engaging curriculum; interesting, inspiring and innovative classroom practice; as well as a whole host of enriching extra-curricular activity. Throughout their time at STS the students are provided with quality advice, support and guidance to help them progress and grow academically, personally and vocationally. We recognise and celebrate diversity and understand that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is inappropriate for the unique individuals we serve.
What is it like to work for us?
We pride ourselves on our friendly, purposeful and supportive working environment where staff can develop professionally and meet their own career aspirations. Please read the quotes below from current staff members as to what it is like to work at Sandwich Technology School.
"There's a balance of warmth and professionalism; ambition is encouraged and innovation is welcomed."
"The amount of autonomy and trust is really amazing here..... I have been given the chance to teach in my own way, yet have a supportive and collaborative department that shares ideas"
"I am free to take risks and try new things and share my experience with others."
"There is a rich CPD offering that supports research based methods informed by experience."
"Staff actively support each other through tough times, both personal and professional."
"There is plenty of opportunities for aspiring leaders at all levels."
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
Welfare of the child is paramount.
All children have equal rights to protection.
All staff have an equal responsibility to act of any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.
Students and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support.
The Schools Child Protection Policy can be found in the Policies section on out website.
Please apply via our online application form below. Please note that in order to complete this form you will need your National Insurance (NI) number, education and work history to hand. Please complete our form in one go as you are not able to save a part completed form.
Equal Opportunities and Disability Statement
This section of the application form is CONFIDENTIAL and will be detached from your application form. You do not need to complete this section of the form, however the more information that is provided, the more effective the schools equal opportunities monitoring will be.
If you are offered an interview, we have a policy of providing appropriate access and equipment so that disabled people are considered on an equal basis. If you would like any further assistance or advice about this application we will try to help.
Information on Section relating the Criminal Convictions or Cautions
It is an offence for an individual to attempt to engage in regulated activity (working with children). As a result, an individual would be unable to carry out the advertised role if they have certain criminal convictions.
As part of the application process, we ask candidates about whether they have any criminal convictions that would prevent them from fulfilling the role. Thi is to ensure the candidate is suitable to work for the school. The school are also required to carry out a DBS check in order to determine your suitability for the role.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. We will take into account the circumstances and background of any offences and whether they are relevant to the position in question, balancing the rights and interests of the individual, our employees, pupils, parents, suppliers and the public.
We will treat all applicants, employees and volunteers fairly but reserve the right to withdraw an offer of employment if you do not disclose relevant information, or if a DBS check reveals information which we reasonably believe would make you unsuitable for the role. The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are "protected" and are note subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account.
If you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) please complete the relevant section in the form below.
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