About the Role
Who are we?
The Robert Fitzroy Academy is a primary school in Croydon situated in the heart of the local community. Our fundamental belief is that the whole child is the whole point.
It is our goal to create a school where children can achieve academically but also flourish as citizens of the world.
What are we looking for?
We are looking to recruit an experienced Teaching Assistant, specifically to work with pupils with special educational needs. You will need to have personal qualities and skills of the highest order, to help ensure that the Robert Fitzroy Academy becomes a truly outstanding and highly successful school. Your role will be to support the class teacher, to support pupils’ learning and to support the ethos of the Academy.
In particular, successful candidates should have:
- Experience of working with and caring for children with special educational needs within a school setting.
- Experience of working with children with limited verbal skills.
- Ability to work independently with support from teachers to deliver a personalised curriculum & the ability to ask questions
- Ability to deliver intervention to support skills.
- High expectations of students in terms of learning, achievement and behaviour
- Enthusiasm and dedication to developing innovative approaches to learning, teaching, mentoring and guidance
- A commitment to promoting and fostering good relationships between children and with parents and colleagues
- The ability to deescalate children who are dysregulated and an understanding of positive behaviour management.
- Knowledge of the SEND code on practice
You should be:
- Forward thinking and willing to adapt to the changing needs of the school and the SEN pupils
- Able to work independently and plan support for children in collaboration with the teacher and follow recommendations from outside agencies.
- Able to promote the warm, caring and friendly ethos of the school to pupils, parents and the public
- Able to work under pressure, whilst remaining calm and patient
- Able to manage challenging behaviour linked to needs
- Confident to use your own initiative when required
- Good at working to timescales and able to timetable your day using visual timetables for the children
- Computer literate and knowledgeable about SMART targets
You are invited to submit an application form to Deborah Tapson, HR and Office Manager. Email: [email protected]
REAch2 is continuously working towards improving the diversity of the Trust, and the experience for our staff from diverse backgrounds. We are clear that the value of greater diversity to the Trust lies in the way we will value difference when we work together towards richer solutions.
We are keen to hear from all candidates with the appropriate experience who feel they can make a real contribution to the Trust. If you can bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from an ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBTQ+, your application will receive a warm welcome. As will applications from all suitable candidates.
REAch2 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all adults working in or with our schools to share this commitment.
Enclosed in our application pack is a copy of our safer recruitment policy, which outlines the steps we take to ensure that we attract the most suitable, high calibre candidates, and to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuited to working with them.
We encourage all potential candidates to read this policy carefully in order to fully understand what is expected of you in our recruitment process. All roles will be assessed for the appropriate level of DBS check, which will include a Children’s Barred List check if the role meets the criteria for regulated activity.
What we can offer you?
- An active school community with supportive parents
- An award winning learning environment
- Excellent professional development opportunities
- A supportive working culture that focuses on positive learning behaviour and high expectations for all children
- Continued professional development through weekly meetings.
- Support from teachers, team leaders and Senior leaders
- The chance to work with a supportive family of schools (REAch2 trust) who share the same passion for primary education.
Find out more
Our website http://www.robertfitzroyacademy.com is full of information about our school. We also have a very lively social media culture at the school which we would expect you to contribute to if you join us. You can see all our social media in one place on the Latest News tab on our website.