Teaching Assistant, Pontville School, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Teaching Assistant

£18,065 – £19,171 (NJC 3-6) + £1289 SSA + excellent benefits (paid full school holidays)

Level 2 NJC 3-4: £18,095 – £18,426
Level 3 NJC 5-6: £18,795 – £19,171

Our salaries will not be pro rata’d to take out the school holidays.

Pontville School, Ormskirk, Lancashire

A helping hand from you. A head start for them.
We want all our young people to have the best chance of success in life. To make sure that’s the case, you’ll give them extra help when they’re in the classroom. The right support can really make an enormous difference. As a Teaching Assistant, you have to be understanding and committed. That’s because the young people in our schools have complex learning needs, social communication difficulties and challenging behaviours that call for extra dedication. Help them progress and you’ll have every opportunity to do the same with your career.

The role
As a Teaching Assistant at Pontville School, you’ll be working directly with young people in the classroom every day. You’ll help them learn, monitor their work and help raise their self-esteem. It’s not just about academic achievement; we want them to feel accepted and confident in their abilities.  You’ll need to be very resilient and dedicated to the wellbeing of our young people. Your support can be invaluable to teachers and young people, which means it’s very rewarding.

Your profile
As an experienced Teaching Assistant already, you should be used to life in the classroom and up to date with welfare and safeguarding practices within Education. You’ll also need to be qualified to at least NVQ level 2 (or equivalent), but what we’re really looking for is the ability to connect. We need you to build great relationships with all our young people, so you can motivate them to do well and be the best that they can be. If you’re emotionally strong and good in a team, we can offer a role with exciting prospects.  There are occasional meetings outside school hours, for which your attendance will be required.

About us
Join us in making headlines and setting standards at Pontville School in Ormskirk. We provide an outstanding environment in which young people with complex educational needs, communication difficulties or challenging behaviour can reach their full potential. Catering for children and young people, between the ages of 5-19 years old, offering a specialist 38 week residential provision.

For children with complex, challenging needs, the level of care and education must go above and beyond. That’s what drives us, here at Witherslack Group. With our high staff-to-child ratio and in-house clinical teams, we’re proud to have won a reputation for excellence and market leading Ofsted ratings. Our aspirational homes, schools and ethos help us achieve the best possible outcomes. In short, we’re enhancing life opportunities.

We know you’re going to do great things as part of our brilliant team. To say thank you, we offer a salary and benefits package that’s among the best in our sector. In return for your hard work, you’ll enjoy a competitive salary, full school holidays (including bank holidays), contributory pension (matched up to 5%), Life Insurance based on two times your annual base salary, comprehensive induction and ongoing training, Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance, and Cycle to Work Scheme. We’ll also cover the cost of your Enhanced DBS check, which is a compulsory part of our recruitment process.

For further information please contact Genevieve Watt – Senior Administrator on 01695 578734.

The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Closing Date: Friday 10th July 2020
Interviews: Wednesday 15th July 2020