Teaching Assistant (KS2)

Birmingham, West Midlands
10 Jan 2022
24 Jan 2022
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time



The Blue Coat School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are seeking to recruit a Full-Time Teaching Assistant to support children in Prep (Years 3 – 6). The successful applicant will need to be caring and flexible and be able to communicate effectively with children, parents and colleagues. The successful applicant will also be expected to promote and safeguard the welfare of all children for whom the post holder has responsibility and with whom the post holder comes into contact. The Teaching Assistant will report directly to the Head of Prep. The hours are 8.30 am – 4.00 pm together with some Prep Aftercare duties which will usually be until 5 pm. We are looking to appoint as soon as possible.

The salary awarded for the post will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Core Purpose of Post

To promote and safeguard the welfare of all children and young persons for whom the post holder has responsibility and with whom the post holder comes into contact.

General Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities will be undertaken:


  • Exercise loyalty to the Headmaster and to the School, upholding and maintaining its traditions and ethos.
  • Set and maintain high standards of work in supporting the teaching and learning, as well as of personal and professional conduct, as guided by the National Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
  • Comply with all regulatory requirements.
  • Comply fully with the requirements as set out in the DfE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and any relevant supplementary guidance and as set out in the HM Government document ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and any relevant supplementary guidance.
  • Abide by the School’s current systems and structures as outlined in policy documents including the First Aid and Health, Health and Safety and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies, and take appropriate action in accordance with all such documents as and when necessary.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and parents/carers.
  • Participate as required in meetings with colleagues and parents in respect of the duties and responsibilities of the post.
  • Take responsibility for one’s own professional development, attending INSET days at the start of each term and attending other relevant courses whenever possible.
  • Be punctual and adaptable, and dress in a smart but practical manner.
  • Ensure that the principles for the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the children and the principles of the fundamental British Values are actively promoted.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Have knowledge of and keep up to date with the National Curriculum, and current educational practice.
  • Understand how pupils’ learning is affected by their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and understand the stages of child development.
  • Be familiar with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy and contribute to the identification, assessment and support of pupils with learning support or special educational needs.

Welfare and Development

  • Support and assist the Head of Prep and Form Tutors in providing a happy, secure, safe and stimulating environment in which the children can develop to their full potential.
  • Liaise with the teaching staff to contribute to the planning and delivery of the teaching programme for all pupils within the classes or groups allocated, having regard for the National Curriculum and the School’s statement of aims, policies and schemes of work.
  • Liaise with the teaching staff to assist in preparing materials for the teaching programmes.
  • Liaise with the teaching staff to assist in the monitoring, assessment and recording of each pupil’s academic and social progress systematically according to the School’s current practice.
  • Run small group sessions with Prep children as part of the School’s ADP (Academic Development Programme).
  • Supervise children as required on the school campus and on off-site visits and outings.
  • Supervise the children as required at break and lunch times including indoor and outdoor play.
  • Assist in ensuring that the children’s dietary and medical requirements are adhered to.
  • Eat lunch with the children as required, encouraging good manners and sensible eating habits.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist the teaching staff to create a bright classroom environment in which children’s work is displayed to promote and enhance learning.
  • Assist the teaching staff in the maintenance and general orderliness of the classroom environment and its resources.
  • Assist with any reasonable request in connection with the day-to-day organisation of the classroom or School.
  • Attend assemblies and Chapel Services as required.
  • Be available to attend Open Mornings, Parents’ Evenings and other Prep or whole school events as required.
  • Assist with Prep Aftercare as and when required.
  • Support House events as required by the Head of Prep.

This job description is indicative of the nature and level of responsibilities associated with the post. It is not intended to be exhaustive; other tasks may be allocated as necessary from time to time. It may be amended at any appropriate time, following consultation between the post holder and a senior colleague, and will be reviewed annually.

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