Senior Teaching Assistant

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Type of Position:Support staff - Permanent
School:Christchurch Junior School
Salary:£18,090 to £20,018 per annum (with a pay award pending)
Start Date:September 2024 or as soon as possible afterwards
Closing Date: Friday 13th September at 8am


Start date

September 2024 or as soon as possible after that

Contract term


Working hours

31.5 hours per week

Weeks per year

39 (school term time + INSET days)


Grade 7

Salary range

(Per annum)

Support staff pay scale points 8-14

£24,702 to £27,334 per annum FTE

£18,090 to £20,018 pro rata per annum

With a pay award pending


Christchurch Junior School

Reports to

Deputy Headteacher




About the Post


We are looking to appoint a flexible and enthusiastic Senior Teaching Assistant to join our expert staff team in this 7 – 11 Junior School.


This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wishes to pursue a career in education and, in particular, someone who is considering a career in teaching.


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, in line with 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.


The role is varied and requires a staff member who can be both proactive and reactive. Senior Teaching Assistants are able to respond promptly to the changing needs of the school, giving the successful candidate the opportunity to become fully skilled in the delivery of any subject in any year group. Senior Teaching Assistants may begin the day teaching English in Year 3 and then finish it teaching Science in Year 5! Clearly, flexibility and adaptability are essential qualities for the role.


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 modern premises. Our facilities include two halls, two libraries with computer technology, a multi-purpose room where cooking, art and science can be taught, and a specialist Music Room.


Our vision:


 We will do all that is possible to enable pupils to reach the highest levels of academic achievement, staying true to our school values of Belonging/Achieving/Growing.


This will be achieved through a truly broad curriculum which provides rich experiences and by engaging fully with our community.


Children will graduate into secondary education as motivated young people who have maintained a love of learning.


We are a member of Twynham Learning – a growing multi-academy trust of ambitious infant, junior, primary and secondary schools serving our 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.



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

  • be immersed in the life of a supportive school
  • work alongside a team of hardworking, committed and caring colleagues
  • teach classes of well-behaved and motivated pupils across KS2
  • be prepared, with consultation, to support after-school clubs, fixtures and events (potentially off-site). This would be negotiated and would be in addition to the 31.5 hour contract.
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people in accordance with our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies.


What we can offer you


  • By working at our school, you will be making a positive contribution to our community
  • An opportunity to work with engaged pupils
  • Automatic membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Free on-site parking
  • The opportunity to work within Twynham Learning; a progressive multi-academy trust
  • The opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful areas of the South Coast


Who we are looking for


We would love to hear from you if you are or have 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 follow health and safety policy
  • knowledgeable about how children learn
  • able to evaluate children’s progress and provide 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 on 01202 485579 or email us at


How to apply


To apply for this vacancy, please submit a Job Application Form and Diversity Questionnaire by email to:  


Only applications made using our own official application form will be accepted. You can download the form and questionnaire here:


The closing date for applications is Friday 13th September at 8am. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26 June.



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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