Thurton Teaching Assistant Post – September 2015

NCC application form

Required from September 2015

Scale: C

12 hours per week term time plus 1 week (4 mornings) and

2 or 4 hours per week term time only Midday Supervisor (depending on the need of the school)

Thurton Church of England Primary School is a lovely village school within easy reach of Norwich, off the A146. In March 2015, Ofsted recognised that the school was outstanding in every area. This was because the culture and ethos of the school relentlessly focuses on teaching and learning and strives for excellence now and in the future. Where a ‘Team Thurton’ spirit has developed because children and staff work harmoniously. To be successful in gaining this post, we require someone who can become immersed in a ‘can-do culture’ where nothing is seen by pupils or teaching staff as a potential barrier to successful learning. We can offer you an enthusiastic and committed team within a friendly school community, where we laugh everyday!

We currently have four classes and initially this post will be within a year 3/4 class, Tuesday to Friday mornings.

We require a Teacher assistant with very good communication skills, a welcoming and friendly approach with a high level of professionalism, while being able to relate well to both children and adults. This is an important post in the school and we want a reliable, well organised, adaptable caring person with a sense of humour. We would prefer to appoint an experienced Teaching Assistant with good standards of literacy, numeracy and computing skills, with an understanding of the national curriculum to help move children’s learning forward if issues are found.

This post is funded through the use of the Pupil Premium grant and will be temporary for one school year in the first instance and will be reassessed at the end of the year dependant on the needs of the children.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children in our care. This post is subject to an enhanced DBE check. Please complete a Norfolk County Council application form, no CV’s will be considered.

If you are interested in this position and would like further information please discuss with Mrs Cassandra Williams, Headteacher or see our school website where job description and application form can be found at

Closing date:  8 June 2015, 9am , Interview date: 15 June 2015

Job Description and Person Specification template

Form number GR9009 – Scale C TA POST


Job Title Classroom Assistant (T9)
Group Scale C
Location Thurton Primary School
GR Number GR9009
Grade Scale C
Responsible to Responsible to the Headteacher or Senior Teacher or Higher Level Teaching Assistant but works to and with a qualified teacher on a day to day basis.
Effective Date 1st September 2015


Role and Context
Job Purpose Under the direction/instruction of teaching/senior staff: work with individuals/groups to supervise physical/general care of pupils, including those with SEN; support access to learning for pupils and provide general support to the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom.

Job Family: Classroom and Pastoral

Other Job Information Liaise with teachers and other support staff and appreciate/support the role of other professionals. As directed, liaise with parents and volunteers.


Principal Accountabilities(in order of importance)
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES OR ACTIVITIESSupport for Pupils1.   To attend to the personal and social needs of pupils and any other special requirements depending on the nature of a pupil’s special needs and, wherever possible, making these part of the learning experience.2.   Under agreed school procedures and in line with statutory guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions, to give first aid/medicine where necessary; accompany sick children home, or to a health centre or hospital; or assist with programmes of special care such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy or speech therapy, under the direction of the appropriate specialist.3.   Supervise and support pupils ensuring their safety and access to learning. Including assessing and marking of groups of children’s work that working alongside.4.   Establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs, promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils and encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.Support for the Teacher5.   Prepare classroom as directed for lessons and clear afterwards and assist with the display of pupils’ work.

6.   Be aware of pupil problems, progress and achievements, report to the teacher as agreed and undertake pupil record-keeping as requested.

7.   Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate.

8.   Provide clerical and administrative support by photocopying, typing, filing and collecting money.

Support for the Curriculum

9.   Support pupils to understand instructions and in undertaking literacy and numeracy tasks as directed by the teacher.

10. Prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use, including the use of basic ICT as directed.

Support for the School

11. Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.

12.  Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

13. Attend relevant meetings as required and participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.

14.  Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school.  Accompany teaching staff and pupils in visits and out of school activities as required.

15. Undertake other similar duties and activities that fall within the grade and scope of the post, as directed by the Headteacher.


Person SpecificationThis should describe the qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge which are essential to do the job to a fully competent level.
  Essential Desirable
Qualifications Good numeracy/literacy skills at least C at GCSE;Completion of DfES Teacher Assistant Induction Programme or equivalent experienceParticipate in development and training opportunities.
Experience Working with or caring for children of relevant age. Experience of working in Key stage 2, in particular supporting children with literacy and numeracy.
Skills/Knowledge First Aid training;Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier;Ability to relate well to children and adults;Work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these. 

Have a really good sense of humour.


General Information 

  • The job descriptions details the main outcomes required and should only be updated to reflect major changes that impact on the outcomes of the job


  • All work performed/duties undertaken must be carried out in accordance with relevant County Council, department and school’s policies and procedures, within legislation, and with regard to the needs of our customers and the diverse community we serve.


  • Job holders will be expected to be flexible in their duties and carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade and falling within the general scope of the job, as requested by management.