Teaching Assistant

Millbay Academy

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional Teaching Assistant to join the school as soon as possible.

Post:                           Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Start Date:                  As Soon As Possible

Location:                    22 Millbay Road, Millbay, Plymouth, PL1 3EG

Salary Range:            Grade C, £19,312 rising to a maximum of £20,092 pro rata per annum

Actual Salary:             £15,030.72.19 rising to a maximum of £15,637.80 per annum

Hours/Contract:         Term time only, Part-time, Permanent contract: 32.5 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

The Role: We are looking to appoint a flexible and dedicated person to work with our teaching staff under their guidance to undertake a range of work to enable access to learning for pupils and to assist the teacher in the management of pupils in the classroom or other educational settings, as required.

The Person: This role involves providing support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities. Assisting with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes. We are looking for some of the following qualities and experience:

  • NVQ2 Teaching Assistants or equivalent qualification and/or experience.

  • Completion or willingness to complete DFE Teacher Assistant Induction Programme

  • Experience of working with classes or small groups of pupils

  • Experience of working in a secondary school

  • Good standard of English & Mathematics at Grade C or above

  • Ability to apply good behaviour management strategies in the classroom

  • Patience and resilience

  • Good understanding of child protection and bullying issues

School Background: Millbay Academy is an all-through school in Plymouth’s Coastal Quarter. This is a place where everyone is important and where every moment counts. Our values will underpin all that we do: we will provide a stimulating learning environment where children will feel safe, happy and consequently thrive.

Our vision is clear: challenging academic and personal goals will be set for every member of the Millbay Academy community, and we will provide the support and encouragement required to reach them. We will do whatever it takes.

At Millbay Academy we are passionate advocates of all-through education. Through this, we will be able to serve our community and families, ensuring an excellent educational experience with continuity and progression. All-through education offers many unique opportunities, including shared experiences, powerful role models and the in-depth knowledge of subject specialists. The Academy has a PAN of 1020.

Trust Background:  Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.  We operate 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire.

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with curriculum autonomy, within a consistent framework of a metacognition focused pedagogy.  We are committed to collaboration with other schools, MATs, colleges, Local Authorities, employers and Government to bring the widest benefit to young people and our staff.

Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them.  We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Further Information: So if you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development, please get in touch by calling Helen Johnston, Deputy Head Teacher of Operations, on hjohnston@millbayacademy.org for further information.

Job Description: Teaching Assistant Job Description & Person Specification

To Apply:  Please send a completed application form (below) to recruitment@reachsouth.org

Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 31 January 2021 at Midnight. The Trust reserves the right to close the job vacancy on receipt of sufficient applications without notification. It is therefore vital that should you wish to apply for this post that you submit your application as soon as possible.

Interview Date: Interviews will be held week commencing 8 February 2021.

Opportunities and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary plus LGPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities with many other benefits.

We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training.


Application Form

Prospective Applicant Letter

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

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.  Please note the information you provide in this section of the form will stay confidential, and be stored securely and limited to only the Trusts Human Resources team and used for monitoring purposes only.