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Manchester High School for Girls

Key Stage 1 Teaching Assistant


The post holder will work alongside the class teacher to assist with the provision of an attractive, supportive, caring and safe learning environment for the girls in our Preparatory Department. The appointment is full time, term time only plus staff training days. Salary range £18,152 to £19,059 pro rata salary £14,285 p.a.

Closing date:  9.00 a.m. Tuesday 25th September 2018

Interviews:  Week commencing 1st October 2018


Post:  We are looking for an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to work alongside our Year One class teachers to assist with the provision of an attractive, supportive, caring and safe learning environment for the girls in the Preparatory Department.

Responsible to: The post holder will be directly responsible to Class Teacher/Assistant Head of EYFS and Key Stage 1.

Salary Grade: Salary will be pro rata to a full time salary of £18,152 - £19,059 per annum, (Points 15 - 18 on the support staff scale), equating to an actual part time starting salary of £14,285 per annum.

Hours: 37 hours per week: 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Friday, with 30 minutes unpaid time for lunch each day. The appointment is for 37 weeks per year (term time + 5 INSET days).

Main purpose of the job

  • To work under the guidance of the class teacher to implement agreed work programmes with individuals or groups of pupils to promote effective teaching and learning.
  • To provide general support to the class teacher in the management and organisation of the pupils and the classroom.
  • To assist the teacher in creating and maintaining a purposeful, orderly and supportive learning environment.
  • To promote the inclusion of all pupils.
  • Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area including, by arrangement, the supervision of pupils in out of school hours activities.
  • To contribute to the safeguarding and protection of all pupils.

Supervisory responsibility

None, apart from assisting in work familiarisation of new members of staff or volunteers.

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Within a framework of supervision, to deliver agreed learning activities/teaching programmes to individuals or groups of pupils, or to the whole class. Some activities/programmes will require developed knowledge/skills to be applied, e.g. in setting differentiated work according to individual needs or working on specialist programmes.
  • To support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.
  • To prepare and maintain appropriate learning aids, materials and equipment and assist the pupils in their use. To make or adapt resources (e.g. worksheets or sight cards) to enable the pupil(s) to access the learning activity at their appropriate level of understanding.
  • As required, to prepare the classroom for lessons, ensuring that resources are available and cleared away at the end of the lesson as appropriate.
  • To work on classroom displays following consultation with the teacher.
  • To monitor and evaluate pupils’ responses to learning activities and progress towards targets, record achievement and feedback to the teacher and/or other professionals as required.
  • To administer and mark tests and basic homework as required by the class teacher.
  • To maintain an awareness of pupil problems and report these to the class teacher as required.
  • To encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.
  • To provide support for pupils’ emotional and social needs by encouraging and modelling positive behaviour, in line with the School’s Behaviour policy, and demonstrating high expectations of work and behaviour at all times.
  • To work with the teacher in the planning of work and activities as appropriate.
  • To provide general clerical support to the teacher, e.g. photocopying, laminating, filing, etc. as required.
  • To assist with the general pastoral care of the pupils, including helping pupils who are sick, distressed or injured.
  • To 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.
  • To assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson time, as necessary for their safety.
  • To accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required.
  • To attend relevant meetings and participate in training opportunities and professional performance development as required.
  • To undertake any other broadly analogous duties.

General duties

  • To carry out any other reasonable request of the Head Mistress or Head of Preparatory.
  • This job description may be subject to reasonable changes in the future, to reflect changing circumstances and to aid professional development.


Essential Criteria

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Applicants must share the commitment of the School to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children at all times
  • The ability to work calmly under pressure and to relate to a wide range of people within the School
  • The ability to work as a member of a team
  • Pleasant and approachable manner and smart appearance
  • Reliable and responsible
  • A sense of humour
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Computer literate
  • Creative flair for practical/art type activities

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in a similar post
  • Have Higher Level Teaching Assistant status or a relevant level 4 qualification
  • First aid qualification