Teaching Assistant - Penhale Infant School

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Job type

Term Time, Permanent


£14,423 - £17,034 Per Annum

Closing date

5 September 2022

Please note the school is now shut for the summer so we will be unable to contact candidates until September, if your circumstances change after your application or if you have any queries please contact recruitment@tsatrust.org.uk

Teaching Assistant– Rainbow Fish Inclusion Unit

Salary: £20,252 – £23,918 Full Time Equivalent (Pro-rata £14,423.24 – £17,034.13) – Please note this is subject to agreement in line with September 2022 salary increases but the amounts shown are a minimum of what you will earn and if any changes are made they will be increases on the amount shown. 

Contract: 30 hours per week, 39 weeks per year (term time only + one week)

Start date: September 2022

Closing Date: 05/09/2022

Interview Date: TBC

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Teaching/Learning Support Assistant to work within our brand-new inclusion centre, Rainbow Fish at Penhale Infant School. Class sizes are up to 8 pupils.

Rainbow Fish provides state-of-the-art facilities for children with complex cognition and learning difficulties aged between four and nine, who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). The children work towards being able to integrate into mainstream for some learning, with a high level of support to meet their specific needs from the provision staff.

Our curriculum centres on each child as an individual, looking at their starting points and next steps.

Click here for more information about Rainbow Fish unit.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our school and join our Trust!

What you will need to succeed:

  • Ability to provide teaching and learning to our students with the support of Classroom Teacher
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to supporting pupils
  • Effective communicator both orally and in writing
  • Effective ICT skills
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Understanding of the educational system and current developments
  • Ability to motivate and to support learning

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a family of schools consisting of both primary and secondary schools across Kent, Hampshire and Plymouth. 

We believe that every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities at life regardless of their individual circumstances.

Education is the key to transforming life chances and we support and develop every member of our community to:

  • Think about their Thinking
  • Be their Best self
  • Shape their Success

In this way we transform life chances

Click Here To view our Trust video to gain an insight into The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

What our Trust will offer you:

The opportunity to work with and support happy and well-behaved children who are excited about learning and work with parents who are supportive of our school values and ethos.

  • Vast support network from senior leaders within the school and our trust
  • Outstanding CPD tailored to you, wherever you are in your career
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas

What you need to do now:

If you are interested in working at our friendly school, benefitting from a supportive network of colleagues across our Trust, and are keen to progress your career then please apply today!

Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy if a suitable candidate is found.

Visits to our school are very welcome and strongly encouraged. Please contact Sarah Arthur on s.arthur@tsatrust.org.uk to arrange a suitable time.

If you experience any issues in applying for this role via our careers site, please click here to submit an application via Microsoft Forms

If this position  is not quite right for you, but you would be interested for any other positions within our Trust please click here to join our Talent Pool.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.