Teaching Assistants | Walthamstow | Term-time only, Permanent, 34 hours per week | £18,646 to £18,983 Teaching AssistantsSalary: Scale point S5 actual salary £18,646 to £18,983 (with the possibility of eventual promotion through our career progression scheme to scale point 12 £21,126)Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time, Term time only, 34 hours per week, 45.6 weeks per yearLocation: E17 4AZ, Walthamstow, London Borough of Waltham ForestSite: Whitefield SchoolWe are looking for an exceptional Learning Support Assistant or a Teaching assistant with experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs. You will need an NVQ3 qualification or equivalent.About WhitefieldWhitefield School and Centre is the largest special school in Europe and has an international reputation for its expertise and resources within the special school sector. The pupils on roll have a wide range of Special Educational Needs. In order to successfully address the children's learning needs Whitefield Schools and Centre operates as three Specialist Schools - Sensory Impairment and Learning Difficulties (SILD), Communication and Interaction Primary (CIP) and Communication and Interaction Secondary (CIS).About Whitefield Academy TrustWith an ethos based on enjoyment, achievement and wellbeing for all, Whitefield Academy Trust seeks to open up the world for children and young people with SEND. Located in Waltham Forest, the Trust comprises Joseph Clarke School (for children with vision impairment and /or additional needs), Whitefield School (for pupils with complex needs including autism, learning difficulties and sensory and physical impairments), Professional Development Services and the highly successful Project SEARCH East London.We are expert in serving children and young people with SEND and giving them the tools, skills and confidence to move on to the next stages of their education and lives.The roleResponsibilities will include:* Working with class teachers to plan, prepare and deliver learning activities for individuals, groups or classes on or off site, including inclusion into other settings where appropriate* Providing cover for absent teachers or Supervisory Teaching Assistants in their own or other teams as necessary (once they have completed relevant training). You will be paid £40 extra per day to cover unplanned teacher absence on request and £20 per half day to cover planned teacher absence when you have assisted in planning lessons delivered without a teacher present.* If required, providing planned cover when required to release teachers from the classroom, e.g. for PPA or leadership and management time (once they have completed relevant training).Successful candidates will be required to satisfactorily complete the training course in planning for and managing a group. On completion of this course they will be expected to undertake planned or emergency cover for teachers.Why join Whitefield School?Just as we seek to give our pupils an outstanding school experience, we want every member of our team to find being part of Whitefield Academy Trust a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Whatever their role, we are committed to supporting each team member and giving them every opportunity to progress their careers across our schools and services.We are proud to offer:* A wide-ranging and high-quality CPD programme which can be tailored around each team member's unique skills and career aspirations;* A welcoming and inspiring working environment in which colleagues look out for and support one another;* Opportunities to share best practice and ideas with colleagues across the Trust;* Wellbeing support mechanisms including practical and emotional support and a Staff Wellbeing Group,* A competitive local government or teachers' pension scheme, with defined benefits;* Recognition of continuous service with Local Authorities and other academy trusts for various employment entitlements;* Interest free loans for bicycle purchase;* Childcare voucher scheme.* Refer a friend to work scheme and earn £300* Mentoring schemeBut, above all, working at Whitefield Academy Trust is a highly rewarding and satisfying experience. Thanks to the commitment, energy and determination of our staff, all of our children and young people make fantastic progress during their time with us. Watching their progress and working alongside families is immensely satisfying and, as a Trust, we take every opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important role our staff play in transforming the lives of our children and young people.How to applyYour application is a direct permanent application to Whitefield Trust.To apply, please request an application form from Iain Slinn at or call Iain on for more information. Your application is a direct permanent application to our school (not through agency), Hays is our recruitment partner for all permanent appointments.We warmly encourage visits from prospective candidates to experience our school first hand. Visits are by appointment only, to book please contact Iain Slinn for a confidential discussion.Closing date: 12 noon on 1st July 2022Interview date: w/c 11th July 2022Whitefield Academy Trust is uncompromising in its commitment to safeguarding children and young people.The Trust is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit, ensuring best practice in our recruitment process is essential to our commitment.