September 15, 2023
Short Summary
Oaks Primary Academy has an exciting opportunity to appoint an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced Teaching Assistant
Actual salary £16,720 per annum (£22,714 full time equivalent)
Working Pattern
32.5 hours per week, Term Time only
Closing Date
October 15, 2023


Oaks Primary Academy has an exciting opportunity to appoint an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced Teaching Assistant to join our highly collaborative and supportive team. Our teaching support team is pivotal to our success in the classroom and provides a great deal of support for our teachers, and this position for an TA will strengthen the team even further with their knowledge, experience and additional support that they can provide our teaching staff with. Our successful candidate will be able to establish strong working relationships with staff and students alike, be able to work as part of a team and will be reliable and excellent communicators. Our new TA will work to support children struggling with confidence or with any additional needs across EYFS/Key stage 1 and 2. You will support class based and small groups/1:1 interventions to ensure children can progress confidently.

Our successful candidate will be;

  • Enthusiastic, energetic and adaptable
  • Capable of working independently and in a team
  • Able to motivate and support pupils
  • Able to work with individual pupils and small groups of pupils
  • Able to demonstrate experience with interventions and learning support
  • Candidates should have a minimum of a Level 3 NVQ or equivalent and have experience of working within a primary school
  • Possess an unending desire to help all children achieve their best
  • Possess a caring nature and a deep regard for children
  • An exemplary communicator with patience and experience of working with children with additional need or low confidence.

Join our team because:

  • We care - about our pupils through our human scale approach to education, our staff and their well-being and the communities that we serve, driven by our high ideals and strong moral values.
  • We have boundless ambition - to achieve excellence for all and create confident young adults with high levels of resilience and integrity.
  • We work together - as one team in the belief that we are greater than the sum of our parts. We foster an enterprising culture through collaboration and in close partnership with industry and other educators.
  • We keep getting better - using our ‘can-do’ attitude towards continuous improvement and innovation.

This is a permanent role offering an actual salary of £16,720 per annum (£22,714 full time equivalent) based on 32.5 hours per week, Term Time only.

Working for Oaks Primary Academy: Oaks Primary is a single-form-entry academy with approximately 200 pupils on roll and an additional 20 pupils in our 30 hour provision Nursery. We are extremely proud to be leading the field as one of the very first International Baccalaureate Primary-Years-Programme schools in the UK. Upon achieving our official accreditation, we quickly added to this accolade with a successful Outstanding judgement by Ofsted. Both inspections took place in September 2021.

We are proud of our innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning and champion our conferencing approach to feedback. By bravely diverting away from traditional forms of written marking, we have been able to develop agency and ownership within our pupils from an early age. This also contributes greatly to teacher well being, handing back valuable time to planning, preparation and delivering the highest quality lessons possible.

The teachers and support staff form a very strong team and work closely with the Governing Body and Leigh Academies Trust to promote high standards throughout Oaks Primary Academy. Parents provide invaluable support throughout the academy and we have thoroughly enjoyed reigniting our collaboration with them following the pandemic. We value their feedback, contribution and buy-in to our curriculum and regularly provide engagement sessions to learn about curriculum changes and how best to support their child’s learning.

The academy delivers a broad and balanced curriculum which is rooted in the IB PYP framework and the United Nations agreed 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We take great pride in providing our young learners the opportunity to be well-rounded world citizens with an acute awareness of the world around them and how to make it a better place.

Our curriculum is enriched by a wide range of co-curricular activities, giving all children the opportunity to explore their talents and passions. It is our aim to provide a happy, safe, and caring community, where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their potential.

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2022, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing 3,000 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates - you can read more about this in our Recruitment Guidance. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not discriminating on any grounds.

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.
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