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Teaching Assistant (Primary)

Teaching Assistant (Primary) 27 hours per week, 39 weeks per year, SS (3—6) £14,255 — £14,980 Actual (£22,737 — £23,893 FTE) Successful candidates for posts with the school, will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

The Duston School is looking to appoint a Teaching Assistant in the Primary Phase to actively participate and work as part of the primary school team, providing education and care for children aged 4-11 years, their families and carers. Implement plans/programmes by working with individuals and groups of children to ensure that children’s educational and personal needs are met, and the school’s curriculum is delivered effectively. To be responsible for groups of children, including planning and maintaining the learning environment and record keeping.

The hours of work will be: Monday—Thursday 9.00am—3.00pm (with a 30 minute unpaid lunchbreak) and Friday 9.00am to 2.30pm (with a 30 minute unpaid lunchbreak Please refer to the job description for full details of the role.

Closing date: midday, Friday 28th June

The school takes the workload of employees very seriously and offers the following support :

• A flexible approach to PPA, which can be taken off-site

• Early finishes for parent consultation events and the opportunity to utilise the gained time as you wish if you are not involved in the event

• Use of the TDS swimming pool

• Cycle to work scheme

• Understanding approach to outside/personal matters

• Performance management based on a coaching model

• The opportunity to be part of the school’s wellbeing committee

• A staff CPD library

• A commitment to 8 days’ worth of INSET/CPD

• An opportunity to access a huge wider network that we are part of, including NITE, university based ITT providers and the Inspiring Leaders network Candidates are welcome to visit the school prior to application


The school offers competitive working conditions and packages, including:

• Future progression resides at the heart of the school’s ethos

• Personalised and bespoke CPD is offered to all staff

• Opportunities to attend external CPD courses and visiting other schools are positively encouraged

• An enhanced induction programme to support all new staff to the school, with a bespoke package of support for ECT’s. • Westfield Health - Private Health Plan for permanent, salaried employees

• On-site car parking

• A laptop • On-site Before & After School Club for Primary Phase pupils available *

• A detailed Workload Charters, which sets out the school’s commitment to support all staff with their workload

• No emails are sent at weekends nor holidays, we respect as a school the need to rest

• Co-planning is a guiding principle upon which our curriculum is built, with the use of workbooks and knowledge organisers across the school

• On-site restaurant for staff to use on a daily basis

• The lion share of directed meeting time is handed to staff to work on the curriculum

• Two faculty away days

• 4 traded days (which includes one day off to thank staff for the extra miles that they go)

• A priority place for staff children at the school

• Face-to-face meetings for all staff with the Principal to discuss your wellbeing, professional development and career aspirations

• Membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme for teaching staff

• Membership of the LGPS Pension Scheme for nonteaching staff For support staff

• Generous Holiday entitlement, including bank holidays (or pro-rata of) which increases with service

Non-contractual discretionary days leave for school shutdown over Christmas * Fees apply Candidates are welcome to visit the school prior to application


Please apply here if you are interested in this role

Applying: Please complete an application form (we do not accept a CV alone) along with a letter of application to the Principal. Please email the application form and letter to: If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. The Duston School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safer recruitment practice and all appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks. In addition references will be requested for short listed applicants prior to interview and will form part of the interview process. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. Online searches will be carried out for all shortlisted candidates