September 16, 2022
Short Summary
We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and committed Teaching Assistant. In a mainly classroom based role, you will work with colleagues to support both individual and groups of children.
Actual starting salary (calculated pro rata): £6,849 per annum + pay award pending • Salaries are paid in 12 equal monthly instalments
Working Pattern
Part Time • Permanent
Closing Date
September 26, 2022


Silverdale Primary Academy

Term Time Only plus Inset Days • 15 hours per week

We believe all children deserve the very best early start in life. Do you?

Are you passionate and committed to supporting children with their learning and personal development?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

​​​​​​ ​​​​If you have answered 'yes' to both of these questions, please continue reading about our new and exciting vacancy.

​​​​​​​We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and committed Teaching Assistant. In a mainly classroom based role, you will work with colleagues to support both individual and groups of children in their core learning including: reading, writing, and mathematics. ​​​​​​​You will also provide support in the playground encouraging the children's development of positive social friendships and play skills.

As our new Teaching Assistant, you will:

  • Provide support to the Teacher in the planning and evaluation of learning activities and support the delivery of learning activities
  • Motivate and encourage students by providing levels of individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks
  • Consistently and effectively implement agreed behaviour management strategies
  • Demonstrate active listening skills and communicate effectively with pupils, parents and carers

​​​​​​​To be successful, you will have:

  • A strong commitment to supporting children's learning
  • ​​​​​​​Experience of establishing positive relationships with young children and the ability to empathise with their needs
  • Maths and English skills equivalent or above, those of the GCSE grade A- C pass level
  • A patient, resourceful, enthusiastic and flexible approach
  • Experience of working with/caring for children, have your own children, or have worked with children in a voluntary capacity

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In return for your skills, knowledge and experience, we offer you:

  • Family friendly policies that are designed to support you with a work-life balance, wellbeing and the financial aspects of life​​​​​​​
  • Excellent facilities and resources for staff and students
  • ​​​​​​​Automatic annual pay progression
  • Generous public sector pension scheme
  • Flexible working opportunities from day One
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​A calm, positive and innovative learning environment​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Discounts on retail & travel
  • Cycle 2 Work scheme
  • Charity giving
  • High quality continuous professional development and support for your career progression including: An annual personal development day, Job-related apprenticeships to enhance your skillset, ​​​​​​​​​​Open access online training courses and Scholarships run in collaboration with the University of Brighton.

​​​​​​​And when the time is right for you to take the next step in your career, we can help you to find the right opportunity in one of our 15 schools. ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​This role is very well suited to a graduate who would like to undertake initial teacher training in the future, acting as an initial springboard for your future teaching career.

​​​​​​​About The Silverdale Primary Academy

The Silverdale Primary Academy is at the very heart of the community of St Leonards on Sea. We love our town. And the feeling's mutual.

We are deeply committed to our families and making sure that the education we provide for their children will raise standards and aspirations for everyone.

The academy has an extensive and beautiful grounds and very large playing fields, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool on site, a rainforest themed library, a Forest Schools outdoor learning area and a large bank of ICT resources. It has a published admissions number of 90 and total capacity of 630 pupils.

About the University of Brighton Academies Trust

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is the fifth largest multi-academy trust in the south east, with 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all graded by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. We educate 7,700 children aged 3 months to 16 years and employ 1,200 staff across East and West Sussex.

Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us.  We work collaboratively to help our pupils and everyone connected with our academies achieve excellence. By working together, sharing insights and best practice our schools support each other to improve. 

The University of Brighton is our sponsor.  We work closely with the University’s School of Education: in 2019 it was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for all Initial Teacher Training and was awarded the Student Union’s school of the year.

Closing date: Monday 26 September 2022

Interview date: Week 26 September 2022

Our commitment

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We welcome applications from all members of the community.

The Trust is proud to be part of the government’s Disability Confident scheme which underpins our staff recruitment practices.

Only registered members can apply for jobs.