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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”


Teaching Assistant - The Downley School

Location: High Wycombe


This is an exciting opportunity for applicants with the right training, experience and skills to be a part of our school team.

We are recruiting Teaching Assistants to support children with specific needs on a one-to-one basis, and to support children’s learning in class. The school our looking for support staff members to become part of newly formed team and move the school to the next part of its journey.

All our teaching assistants work alongside our qualified teachers to support learning – whether supporting individual children, providing administrative and welfare support, teaching small groups, supervising children at play or lunchtimes and much more!

Term time only: Yes + 5 training days

Salary Type: Bucks pay

Salary details: Range 1 or 2 depending on skills and experience

Contract type: Fixed Term contract until July 2023

Hours: 8.30am - 15.30pm, Monday to Friday

Closing date: 30/09/2022 12:00

Interviews to be held: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews may be offered before the closing date so early submissions are advised

About us

The Downley School is a large primary school offering the very best learning opportunities for our children in a Chilterns village setting of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A warm and friendly atmosphere pervades throughout the whole school as everyone feels extremely fortunate to be a part of this exciting, progressive and caring community. 

About the role

- To work under the guidance of the class teacher to support teaching and learning in the classroom, including support for specific named children

- To provide general support to the class teacher in the management and organisation of the pupils and the classroom, and specifically for named children

- To assist the teacher in creating and maintaining a purposeful, orderly and supportive learning environment

- To promote the inclusion of all pupils ensuring they have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop (including working 1:1 to support children with special educational needs)

- To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school

About you

A good level of secondary education including Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
Experience of working in a school as a member of staff or volunteer
Experience of working alongside individual or groups of children

Relevant Level 3 qualification or better
Evidence of participation in school or setting based training and development
Training relating to Special Educational Needs (for example, Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Attention Deficit Disorder, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties)
Current First Aid Certificate
Team Teach (or comparable physical intervention) training
Experience as a Teaching Assistant in a school setting
Experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs

Personal Qualities
An understanding of the needs of young children, including those with special educational needs
Knowledge of child development and the ways in which children learn
Knowledge of behaviour management strategies
Effective communicator with children
Able to work well as part of a team and to get on with people
Has good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English
Proven ability to relate well to children, and to know and treat each child as an individual

Other information

Visits to the school are warmly welcome. To arrange a visit or to find out more about the role, please contact our school office on the number below.

Please send completed application forms to the email address below.

Tel No: 01494 527033

At The Downley School, the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is for children to enjoy their time as pupils in this school. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
The Downley School is committed to safeguarding and welfare of all our pupils. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to provide an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.