About the role
Westfield is a happy school with highly motivated, friendly staff, and children who love to learn.
Our vision is for our children to become confident, independent and resilient learners. We believe that this is best achieved by applying a ‘growth mindset’ which is about encouraging our children to believe in themselves and their abilities. Through hard work and effort, we apply this approach to everything we do at Westfield. As a result, our children discover a love of learning, embracing the challenges which face them and crucially – equipping them for the future.
We believe that children learn more effectively if they feel happy, safe and secure. Well-being for all is at the heart of Westfield school life and we feel this is incredibly important now more than ever, as we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are very proud to have been awarded ' The Healthy Young Minds in Herts Accreditation for the whole school approach for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Awareness'.
We are now looking for an experienced Teaching assistant to join our team, who preferably has had experience in KS2 of working with children to support their emotional wellbeing as well as all aspects of their learning.
This part time position will be supporting children in KS2 in the first instance as well as carrying out a Midday supervisory role. The Teaching Assistant contract will be for 17.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12pm) and the Midday supervisory role will be for 5 hours per week (12 - 1pm Monday to Friday). This is offered on a fixed term contract basis to start asap and until July 2022, however, may have the opportunity to extend.
Classroom duties include teaching groups, planning activities, maintaining the high standards of behaviour and classroom management we expect and supporting the social and emotional needs of the children.
As a Midday Supervisory Assistant you will support our Midday Supervision team, ensuring that our children have a safe and enjoyable lunchtime experience.
You will need to be patient, work in a calm and positive manner, literate and numerate, have initiative and the ability to work as part of a team. In return, we can offer
- A friendly and supportive team
- Excellent resources in a bright, modern school
- Supportive parents, staff and governors
- Excellent professional development opportunities
The Teaching Assistant position will be paid on scale point H3 (Point 5) and the Midday Supervisory Assistant on scale point HB (Point 1).
Our most recent Ofsted Inspection highlighted that the school: "provides an outstanding education for its pupils. A potent combination of excellent teaching and leadership, together with pupils' very positive attitudes and eagerness to learn, is the key to the school's success." (March 2010).
Full Job Descriptions for both the Teaching Assistant and MSA roles are attached. As a school we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity to all applicants.
If you wish to apply, please submit fully completed application form by 5pm on Tuesday 31st August 2021. Interviews will take place during the week of 6th September 2021. Please be advised that interviews might take place using Zoom or face to face, depending on any COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the interview. You will be informed of the outcome of your application as soon as possible after the closing date.
A phone conversation with the Head or a visit following COVID health and safety measures are encouraged and warmly welcomed. For an informal discussion about the post prior to application or to arrange a visit please contact the school office on email@example.com.
Westfield Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will therefore be subject to suitable references, medical and DBS checks in accordance with Herts County Council guidelines.
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