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Higher level teaching assistant

Monday—Friday 8.00am—4.00pm with an earlier finish of 3.30pm one day a week

37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

SR1 (7—11) £19,154 - £20,597 Actual (£22,369—£24,054 FTE)

Closing date: Midday Thursday 23 February 2023

Do you want to work in a hugely successful and dramatically transformed school? Do you want to work in a school that operates on common sense and places people at the centre of all that it does?

In joining The Duston School you will be joining a school that is:

  • Built upon strong values and principles
  • Places people at the heart of all that it does
  • Heavily over-subscribed
  • Nationally recognised, heralded and applauded
  • A Behaviour Hub Lead School
  • The 27th most improved school nationally, with GCSE outcomes in 2019 placing the school in the top 20% of all schools nationally and A Level results in the top 5% of all school
  • GCSE and A Level outcomes in 2022 were the best in the school’s history
  • A school of Character
  • An Investors in People Gold School
  • An Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Flagship School
  • A Global Equality Collective School
  • The home of ResearchED Northampton
  • A PKC Curriculum Hub
  • An Ofsted ‘Good’ school

The Duston School is looking to appoint a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to add additional capacity to the primary phase. Duties and Responsibilities

• To contribute positively to the ethos of the school.

• To work independently and collaboratively to ensure than curriculum planning is effective in enabling high levels of challenge and achievement.

• To teach National Curriculum objectives to individuals, small groups and whole classes as and when required.

• To organise and manage a safe, stimulating learning environment and resources, including displays.

• To evaluate and adjust lessons, as needed, to ensure progression.

• To monitor, assess and report on pupil’s achievement, progress and development.

• To liaise with relevant professionals and provide information on pupils, as appropriate.

• To support children’s social and emotional well-being and report any concerns to the class teacher.

• To manage the behaviour of children within the framework of the school’s behaviour policy.

• To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.

• To supervise individuals and groups of children throughout the day, including supervision in the classroom, playground and dining areas.

• To attend to pupils personal needs and implement personal programmes including: medical needs, physical hygiene and welfare matters with appropriate training/support.

• To escort and supervise pupils on educational trips and out of school activities.

• To be responsible for the preparation, maintenance and control of stocks of materials and resources.

• To provide basic first aid, when needed.

To be available to cover classes at such times as necessary.

• To fully engage in meetings, training and performance management, as required.

• To maintain good relationships with children and colleagues and work as part of a team.

• To demonstrate and promote equal opportunities and be active in eliminating behaviour and practices which could be discriminatory.

• To use data effectively to monitor the attainment and progress of all groups of children.

• To administer national and school assessments thoroughly and to use the information to improve standards.

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 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.

Please apply here if you are interested in this role