Teaching Assistant
Catch22 Multi Academies Trust
King's Lynn, England, United Kingdom
7d ago
Company Description

The Catch22 Multi Academies Trust is the vehicle for our sponsorship of an expanding number of academies focusing on learners who can benefit from small, supportive alternative education provision.

Academy sponsorship is about using partnerships to provide specific expertise and skills to enhance standards. Catch22, with our existing wide experience of alternative education provision, brings a focus on academic and behavioural improvement leading to re-integration back to mainstream provision up to Key Stage 3, infrastructure support, improvement to pastoral provision and greater focus on preparing young people for the world of work.

We look to increase access to one to one and mentoring opportunities through a mixture of off-site and extra curricular events in order to improve the self-esteem and self-confidence of learners. We also implement speech and language development programmes.

We offer a full national curriculum as well as a nurturing environment for primary and vocational subjects for older students. We have high aspirations for all learners, with an expectation that all secondary learners will work toward achieving at least five GCSEs.

The Fen Rivers Academy is a special school that, when completed, will offer full time education and therapeutic support to 96 children aged 5 to 16 years old. Pupils will be referred to the school by the local authority as part of their duties to arrange SEN provision. 

Phase one of the Academy is now open and offers primary places only. The school occupies premises on Kilhams Way that have been converted specifically to meet the needs of the young people it will serve. 

Phase two will occupy the adjacent St Edmunds Academy premises once that school has relocated to its proposed new site in Lynnsport. It is planned that phase two will open in the refurbished premises in Autumn 2020 and offer places for secondary pupils at that point.


Job Description

Join us as a Teaching Assistant and you could be playing a key role in providing an invaluable programme of education for vulnerable students who present challenging behaviours.

Catch22 Multi Academies Trust schools provide an alternative to mainstream schooling for young people aged 5 to 16-years-old where multiple barriers to learning have previously affected engagement and access to education.

As a Teaching Assistant you will provide support for our students, ensuring that the education provision is of a high quality and that students are supported, motivated and challenged.

If you have the passion, resilience and determination to make a difference this really is a great opportunity to become part of a small team where you can see the impact your interventions are having. Join us and help change young people's lives for the better.

As a Teaching Assitant, your main accountabilities will include:

  • Working with individuals and groups of students, assisting in ensuring students are kept on task and complete activities set by the teacher.
  • Dealing with behavioural and special needs issues in conjunction with the teacher.
  • Delivering Special Educational Needs (SEN) interventions.
  • Helping to implement lesson plans, aims and contents with the teacher.
  • Providing feedback to students without reference to the teacher.
  • Taking small groups of students for defined activities.
  • Supporting and working with the teacher in testing/assessment.
  • Providing individual student and group counselling.
  • Providing detailed written reports when addressing complex student needs.
  • Briefing and supporting new staff on the stage of development of students.
  • Inputting to and participating in professional development of the school’s staff during in service delivery.
  • In addition you will:

  • Take responsibility for small groups during the temporary absence of a teacher.
  • Work externally to the school site, e.g. on trips, educational visits etc.
  • Supervise students at breaks and lunchtimes.
  • In conjunction with the teacher, liaise with parents on student progress.
  • Physical intervention and de-escalation responsibilities.
  • Undertake behaviour strategies in line with Catch22 policy.
  • Adherence to charity safeguarding, child protection, health & safety and data protection policies.
  • Ensure records are kept up to date.
  • Undertake other duties as directed by management that are commensurate with the post.

  • Qualifications

    To be successful as a Teaching Assistant, you will need to be committed to advocating for our most vulnerable learners, inspiring and supporting children to learn and achieve. You will be resilient, patient and adaptable with good communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. In addition, we are looking for:

    Essential criteria:

  • English and mathematics at GCSE / equivalent, minimum grade C.
  • Experience of working with children that have additional complex behavioural needs.
  • Experience of teaching children with EAL, SEN, speech and languages difficulties or other complex needs.
  • High expectations of students’ behaviour and clear strategies for working with challenging students, motivating and encouraging children appropriately.
  • An ability to work independently, supported by the teacher, with groups of or individual students.
  • An ability to work with challenging students, understanding their needs and demonstrate effective behaviour management strategies as and when required.
  • An ability to work at an advanced level with the teacher in planning and delivery of teaching activities (including those defined in Individual Education Plans).
  • An ability to establish and maintain good relationships and rapport with internal colleagues and external contacts (e.g. parents, education phycologists).
  • Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of supporting learning in an alternative provision environment.
  • An understanding of the curriculum, particularly literacy and numeracy requirements.
  • An Ability to contribute to a specific curriculum area or areas.
  • Evidence of successful work with disaffected and emotionally vulnerable students.
  • An ability to apply knowledge and skills from training in a practical classroom context.
  • Knowledge of differentiation strategies.
  • Knowledge of specialist qualifications or skills to deal with the needs of particularly challenging students.
  • An ability to monitor and record student progress.
  • Personal Qualities

  • An ability to develop and maintain good professional relationships.
  • Good communication skills and able to clarify and explain instructions clearly.
  • Commitment to actively supporting the multi-cultural ethos of the school.
  • Commitment to raising the levels of achievement of children of all abilities.
  • Committed and be able to actively demonstrate safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Demonstrate the ability to uphold public trust and confidence and maintain appropriate positive professional boundaries in relationships with both children and adults at all times.
  • An ability to cope with emotionally demanding situations.
  • An ability to manage your time effectively
  • Highly organised and motivated to manage diverse roles.


  • Additional Information

    Salary: Zone 3 Grade C £16,327 - £20,409 (pro rata)

    Contract: Term time only (41 weeks per year) – full time – permanent, 37 hours per week.

    Contract start date: September 2019

    Catch22 Multi-Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

    As part of the pre-employment checks that are undertaken for this role, you will be asked to complete a Pre-Employment Medical Questionnaire. The questionnaire is confidential, and is screened by our Occupational Health Department, who will ensure that you are medically fit for this role before being formally offered the position.

    Working Conditions include: 

  • Working with children 9 – 16 years old
  • Children with special needs and/or who demonstrate challenging behaviours
  • Verbal abuse and/or aggression
  • Physical Behaviour Management Techniques
  • Lone Working

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