Senior Teaching Assistant

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Type of Position:Senior Teaching Assistant
School:Christchurch Junior School
Salary:£15,202 to £17,121
Start Date:September 2022
Closing Date: 9th September at 8am

Start date

 September 2022

Contract term


Working hours

31.5 hours per week

Green book (support staff) conditions

Weeks per year

39 (school term time + INSET days)


Grade 7

Salary range

Support staff pay scale points 8-14 £15,202 to £17121  per annum


Christchurch Junior School


About the Post


We are looking for a candidate who wishes to pursue a career in education to join our expert team of Teaching Assistants in our age 7 – 11 Junior School.


The successful applicant will be a Senior Teaching Assistant with a responsibility for providing cover supervision for classes during the short-term absence of their usual class or subject teachers.  (Lesson plans are provided). The School’s Deputy Headteacher deploys the Senior Teaching Assistants (and supply teachers) in the event of teacher absence.  The Senior Teaching Assistants will usually be deployed in the event of a short-term absence, such as teacher sickness or a teacher attending a meeting or training event, so a degree of flexibility is an asset.


In the event of an absence, teachers’ planning is available. Sometimes this planning may need some adaptation, and for this reason the post has been graded at a higher level than that of a cover supervisor.


Our Senior Teaching Assistants work alongside our teachers to deliver units of work and lessons for any assigned classes and groups within the context of the school’s curriculum. 

They contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s policies, practices and procedures in such a way as to support the school’s values and vision. Our deployment of Senior Teaching Assistants is designed to ensure continuity for children in their learning in the event of short-term staff absences. 


About our School


Christchurch Junior School is a large, popular community school, which caters for almost 500 children aged between 7 and 11 years. The children spend four years here. The classes are organised in year groups hosting four classes each. We are an inclusive school and welcome children from all walks of life and all faiths. The children enjoy excellent facilities in purpose built premises, which were constructed in 2001. Our facilities include a well-stocked Library and specialist teaching areas for Music and Computing. We take pride in our school’s support for music and sport, and our playing field has recently been enhanced by a non-turf cricket pitch. 


Our vision is to create a caring community of motivated young learners who develop the confidence, skills, attitudes and qualities to realise their full potential. The concepts of ‘Belonging’, ‘Achieving’ and ‘Growing’ are important to us, because they support us to achieve our vision.



The Wider Trust


We are a member of Twynham Learning - an exciting multi-academy trust of ambitious infant, junior, primary and secondary schools serving the local community. Our aim is to offer this generation of children, young people and those involved in their education the very best leadership, teaching and learning, professional development and support services.


Who we are looking for


We are looking for an outstanding individual who will relish the opportunity to:

  • be immersed in the life of a busy school
  • work alongside a team of hardworking, committed and caring colleagues
  • teach classes of well-behaved and motivated pupils across KS2
  • an individual who will be prepared, with consultation, to support after-school clubs, fixtures and events. This would be negotiated and would be in addition to the 31.5 hours contract.



You are likely to be someone who is or has the potential to be:

  • a classroom teacher
  • able to relate to children in and out of the classroom
  • flexible with the ability to work as part of a team
  • self-motivated with the ability to use own time effectively
  • able to keep safe working practice
  • understanding of how children learn
  • able to evaluate children’s progress and feedback to teaching staff


You will also be keen to live our Twynham Learning employee values which are:

  • Aim high
  • Keep improving
  • Don’t leave anyone behind
  • See the bigger picture



Any questions?


To discuss the post or your application, please contact Emma Barton at


How to apply


To apply for this vacancy, please submit an application form by email to:  


Only applications on the Twynham Learning official ‘Application Form – Non-Teaching Posts’ will be accepted. You can download the form here:


The closing date is 8am on Friday 9th September with interviews being held on Thursday 22nd September.



Twynham Learning values diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote diversity throughout our whole workforce. We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of our community, so we give equal opportunities to all job applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability status, gender reassignment, marital/partnership status, pregnancy/maternity, race/colour/national origin, religion/belief, sex or sexual orientation. Only people who can evidence their right to work in the UK will be considered for this vacancy. We are committed to robust Safer Recruitment processes as part of our strong commitment to safeguard children and young people. An enhanced criminal records check will be undertaken on the successful candidate. Candidates must disclose all unprotected spent and unspent cautions and convictions. It is an offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity with children.


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