Early Years Teaching Assistant - Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School - REF: KA 067

Company overview:

"Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary school is a happy vibrant school where all children are given the opportunity of learning in a Christian environment. We have an excellent range of provision that will allow children to flourish in all areas. We believe education is a partnership between home, school and church. The co-operation and participation everyone involved with our school in the education of our children is positively encouraged. The best schools are those with strong links and good relationships, our relationships are very good. Ofsted rated our school as a good school during their visit in December 2019."

Key responsibilities for the role:

  • Support pupils to access the Early years curriculum in line with appropriate activities, plans or/teach direction
  • Provide support and meet the needs of pupil(s) in relation to welfare, health, hygiene, toileting, dressing, feeding and mobility - if required
  • Establish good working relationships with pupils, acting as a good role model using appropriate vocabulary
  • Encourage pupils to act independently as appropriate
  • Be aware of and respond appropriately to individual pupil need
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the nursery manager or key workers
  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Promote self-esteem and independence

To work with and supervise individuals and groups of children under the direction of the Nursery Manager, inclusive of physical/social needs general care and basic classroom management techniques to support the learning of the pupils.

Support for the nursery manager

  • Prepare the classroom as directed for activities including the preparation of resources and tidying away
  • Assist with the display of children's work
  • Provide clerical/admin support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money. Use of tapestry
  • Manage pupil behaviour in line with school policy
  • Gather/report basic information from/to parents/carers as directed
  • Undertake tapestry as directed by nursery manager

Support for the curriculum 

  • Support pupils to follow simple instructions
  • Support pupils in using basic ICT equipment as directed by the teacher
  • Prepare and maintain nursery equipment/resources as directed by the nursery manager and assist pupils in their use in accordance with the activities set
  • Be aware of, and comply with, school policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Contribute to the school ethos, aims and development/improvement plan
  • Be aware of, and support difference, and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop, respecting their social, cultural, liguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds
  • Work as part of a team, appriciating and supporting the role of other people in the team
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of directed lesson time, including before and after school if appropriate and within working hours
  • Undertake personal development through training and other learning activities including performance management as required
  • Assist with the organisation, routines and upkeep of the wider learning environment

This is not a comprehensive list of all tasks which may be required of the postholder. It is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the work to be undertaken, commensurate with the grade.

Key skills to be successful in your application:

Organisational awarenesss 
Understands how own job contributes to the schools activities. Stays up to date with developments in school and discusses with colleagues their activities to gain a broad understanding.

Understands the need for, and the effects of, change and is able to adjust style and way of working taking others into account. Learns from experience.

Use of technology
Has knowledge of, and is able to use, the range of technology within own workplace (e.g. PCs including standard software, printers, photocopiers etc.) Has a willingness to remain proficient as the technological needs of the school change.

Professional Values and Practice
Demonstrates high expectations for all pupils.
Ability to build and maintain successful relationships with pupils, treat them consistently, with respect and consideration and demonstrate concern for them development as learners.
Ability to improve your own practice through observations, evaluation and discussion with colleagues.

Experience & Knowledge
Experience of working with and or caring for children (within a specified age range).
Awareness and basic understanding of school curriculum (within specified age range or subject area).
Basic knowledge of First Aid.
Basic awareness of inclusion, especially within a school setting.

Qualification & Training
Have achieved or working towards a Level 1 qualification in Numeracy/Maths and Literacy/English.
Requirement to complete DfES Teacher Assistant Induction Programme.

Location: Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, Moorfield, Kirkby, L33 1DT
Contracted hours: 30 Hours p/wk Term Time Only
Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum Wage for age     

Closing date: 25 June 2021       

How to apply: 
1. Download and complete the application form 

2. Return it via email to theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk

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