Job description: Teaching Assistant

Reporting to: SENCO

Grade: Level 2/3

Hours of Work: 33 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (Term Time)

Purpose of the role:

  • To be a member of the SEND team and work with students with learning needs, physical needs, medical needs, emotional needs, and whose first language may not be English. All responsibilities and duties to be undertaken at the direction of, and in conjunction with teaching staff and the SENCO

Duties to include:

  • Informing staff of student needs.
  • Advising subject teachers in adopting appropriate teaching methods to support SEND students
  • Prepare or pre-teach students to ensure that they are able to fully engage with learning. This will include reminding them of previously learned strategies
  • Ensuring students can effectively access their learning by simplifying or presenting work in a range of different ways
  • Provide intervention and implement strategies where necessary
  • Assist students to attend lessons punctually and prepared to learn
  • Provide, and as appropriate develop, additional resources, models or images to assist students with their learning
  • Identify and signal transitions, preparing students for change
  • Working with individual students, pairs, groups, or supporting the whole class.
  • Assisting students in a variety of settings including extra-curricular activities.
  • Supporting, and in some instances implementing, individual pupil programmes e.g. literacy, numeracy, speech and language (after suitable training).
  • Supporting the whole school system of monitoring SEND student progress.
  • Acting as a key worker for SEND students.
  • Attending training and relevant meetings as agreed with line manager.
  • If able to speak another community language to assist in translating for parents.
  • Supporting school staff in the implementation of school rules.
  • Acting at all times in accordance with all school policies and to provide a professional role model for students, parents and other staff.
  • Any other reasonable duties within the scope of this function and grading as directed by the  Headteacher.

This job description only contains the main accountabilities of the post and does not describe in detail all the tasks required to carry them out

All schools in Barnet are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Therefore, all employees working at this school are expected to share this commitment.


This person specification describes the skills, abilities and experience that we think are needed to do the job successfully. You should think about these carefully when writing the supporting statement part of your application form. We use the person specification as a benchmark against which we assess all candidates.

We will shortlist only those applicants who demonstrate in their application that they meet the criteria set out in the person specification. You should therefore make sure that your supporting statement demonstrates how your previous experience, skills, qualifications and abilities match all those on the person specification.

You may find it helpful to list each of the person specification criteria as a separate heading and explain how you meet that criterion. When outlining your skills and abilities, try to give examples of your successes and achievements. Simply saying 'I have an understanding of…' is not enough.


  • Demonstrable levels of numeracy and literacy equivalent to GCSE (Grades A*-C) or NVQ level 2.
  • Experience of working with young people with Special Education Needs e.g. general learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties, physical needs, emotional needs, language needs.
  • in a secondary school  
  • Understanding of the diverse needs of students requiring support.
  • Resilience and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Effective organisational skills and ability to prioritise own workload.
  • A keen and flexible attitude to work.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Track record of excellent punctuality and attendance at work.
  • Creative and the ability to be innovative in finding solutions
  • Good knowledge of IT skills
  • Enthusiasm and energy
  • The ability to think reflectively
  • A commitment to professional, personal and social development of self and others
  • The ability to meet deadlines
  • A sense of humour
  • A good knowledge of educational issues


  • Qualifications at level 3 or higher.
  • Understanding, or experience of student learning styles.
  • Track record of continuous professional development.
  • Expertise and qualifications in a specialist subject relevant to a secondary school.
  • Ability to speak a community language.

Thank you for your interest in the position of Teaching Assistant at Copthall School at this exciting time for our organisation.  I would like to welcome you personally, and I hope that you will find here all the information you need to inspire you to join our team.

Our school is unstoppable in its pursuit of Excellent Education for All, which has been highlighted by Ofsted 2018. We have been recognised for the rapid transformation and excellent progress of students and have been awarded Good status. The full report can be accessed using the following link:

Our Governing Body is strong and are highly ambitious for the school.  They have a wealth of expertise in a range of areas and are very committed to ensuring we deliver first class educational opportunities to the communities we serve and make a difference to the lives of the girls who learn with us.

We are achieving exceptional results which have seen our girls buck the national trend in 2017 putting the school a huge 12% above the national average. Our girls surpassed the highest expectations to exceed the National Average for All Schools and All Girl Schools. Copthall Students received 80% A* and students received 80% A* - C or 9 – 4 grades, which overshadows the National Average by 12%. 30% of Copthall's students were awarded A*- A or 9-7 grades which puts them 10% above the National Average and 8% above the All Girl School National Average.

In addition to this, in the summer of 2017 our  P8 figure has seen an outstanding increase from +0.18 in 2016 to +0.81; clearly demonstrating the significant improvements in teaching and learning across the school

We are immensely proud of our fantastic results and we are also immensely proud of our entry into the 2017 Parliamentary Review which showcases our investment in staff development through our coaching programme.

We want you to look forward to each day at our school.  We expect hard work, skill and dedication to our values, and in return we will provide you with outstanding experiences and training opportunities. We have a strong focus on staff well-being and have a range of incentives including staff yoga and staff well-being days.

This post is a key appointment to the school so if  you feel you can make a positive contribution to our school, please apply online via our website, If you would like to discuss the role or have any queries, please call 0208 959 1937 or email  Visits to the school are also encouraged and welcomed.

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