Top Job HIGHER LEVEL TEACHING ASSISTANT 35 hours per week, Term time only + PD days


  • Employer - Dormanstown Primary Academy
  • Reference number - DPA288
  • Sector - Public - local government
  • Department - Education
  • Location: - Redcar
  • Salary - SCP 12 to SCP 15 FTE £26,421 to £27,803 (Pro rata £21,594 to £22,723)
  • Duration - Permanent
  • Hours - Full time | 35 hours per week, Term time only + PD days
  • Closing date - Monday, 04 March 2024

Job Description

About the Post

Dormanstown Primary Academy is a thriving inclusive learning community for 270 pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Within our provision, we have 40 High Needs places for children with complex learning needs from across Redcar & Cleveland.

We are seeking to appoint a pro-active and enthusiastic Higher Level Teaching Assistant who can demonstrate high expectations for all children and has a genuine interest in supporting children’s development and their learning outcomes both academically and pastorally. The role involves supporting pupils to overcome any barriers, so that they can successfully access their education. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to supporting children so that they have the best chances to engage in their learning every day. The ability to develop positive relationships with pupils across all areas of the academy, excellent communication and organisational skills, together with the drive and initiative to make a difference to the lives of our children are essential for this role.

In return, we can offer you the opportunity to join the staff team at our successful academy within a well-established Trust. Both the Trust and the academies have a strong inclusive ethos and an inherent drive for quality. The best interests of the children are central to our decision making. Our children are proud academy citizens, care for each other and enjoy their learning and achievements in school. Please see the website for further information about our academy

This is an exciting role offering a varied and challenging key position in a busy and rewarding working environment with access to continuous professional development, as part of a highly functioning team.

Visits to the academy are encouraged, if you wish to visit please contact the academy office on 01642 483696 or email to confirm which visit time is convenient for you.
Tuesday 20th February 3:30 p.m.
Friday 23rd February 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday 28th February 3:30 p.m.

What the Trust will provide the successful candidate with:
• A workplace where all staff are valued and treated with respect as outlined within the Trust’s Diamond Standards
• A passionate, enthusiastic and supportive Leadership Team
• A listening and learning organisation where all staff are encouraged to be curious and share ideas for the Trust/academies/team to improve
• Hard working, committed and dedicated staff who strive to gain the best outcomes for all children across the Trust’s academies
• Dedicated approach to children’s learning to encourage them all to be the best they can be
• Career enhancement opportunities within areas of interest as well as supporting ongoing professional development and training specific to job role
• Dedicated line manager to discuss work streams and capacity
• Free access to the Trust’s Wellbeing offer, which includes counselling, access to GP, Mindfulness and so much more.
• Free parking
• Enrolment into the local government pension scheme
• All support contracts are employed on National Joint Council (NJC) for local government services (also known as Green book)
• Benefits of the Trust’s Staff Charter which can be found at TVED Staff Charter.

Safeguarding requirements for the role:
Tees Valley Education Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and, therefore, all convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as “spent” must be declared. The Trust’s Recruitment of Ex-Offender policy can be requested or visit the Trust’s website.

Applications are invited from prospective candidates who demonstrate that they are able to meet the essential criteria set out in the person specification and who have the vision, values and tenacity to join an outstanding team and help continue the journey towards excellence.

Contact information

 An application form is attached below. Application packs can be downloaded or printed directly from the Trust website or requested from the academy. Only applications via the Trust’s official application form will be accepted. Please do not submit a CV as substitute for part or full application form, the information will not be accepted or considered.

If you are submitting your completed application form by e-mail to – please add Dormanstown HLTA Application in the subject box. Please be aware the academy cannot be responsible for any formatting anomalies when printing. If you are unable to submit an electronic application form, hand written or electronic printed copies should be posted or hand delivered to the following address for the attention of Mrs Alison Hill.

Dormanstown Primary Academy
South Avenue
TS10 5LY

Shortlisting Process
After the closing date, short listing will be conducted by a panel, who will match your skills/experience against the criteria in the Person Specification. You will be selected for interview entirely on the contents of your application form, so please read the Job Description and Person Specification carefully before you complete your form.

Shortlisted candidates will receive:
• Letter confirming interview details.
• Details of original ID documentation is required to confirm candidates. Photocopies or certified copies are not accepted.
• Criminal Record Self-Declaration Form, which must be brought on the day of the interview in the sealed envelope provided.

References for successful Candidate/s
We may seek references for shortlisted candidate/s and we may also approach previous employers for information to verify particular experience or qualifications before the interview. Finally, we may also undertake a social media search in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. Any relevant issues arising from references will be taken up post interview.

Interview process
In addition to candidates’ ability to perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:
• Motivation to work with children and young people
• Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
• Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
• Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline

Conditional Offer: Pre-Employment Checks
Any offer to a successful candidate will be conditional upon:
• Verification of right to work in the UK
• Receipt of at least two satisfactory references (if these have not already been received)
• Verification of identity checks and qualifications
• Satisfactory enhanced DBS check
• Verification of professional status such e.g. QTS Status, NPQH (where required)
• Satisfactory completion of a Health Assessment
• Satisfactory completion of the probationary period (where relevant)
• Where the successful candidate has worked or been resident overseas in the previous five years, such checks and confirmations as may be required in accordance with statutory guidance.

DPA HLTA Feb 24.pdf (451.8 KB)

How to apply

Please see the contact information section above for details about how to apply for this job.

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