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Teaching Assistant 
Leeds West Academy

A1/B1 .2 - .6 £17,711 - £19,171 per annum, pro rata (actual salary £13,898 - £15,044)

34.10 hours per week, term time only plus 5 days (39 weeks per year)

Accountable to: Assistant SENDCo

Leeds West Academy is a school with a remarkable sense of community and a strong and safe culture, a place where staff and students can thrive.  As judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’ in May 2019, teaching is strong and the support we provide for our students and staff is unrivalled.  With improved results year-on-year since 2016, 2019 saw our students secure the best results in the school’s history.  In short, there is no better time to join Leeds West Academy, as a colleague, a leader or as a student.


Leeds West Academy is a fabulous place to work, accommodated in a £30 million pound facility which opened in late 2011.  As part of the White Rose Academies Trust (a member of the Luminate Education Group), we have a strong reputation of being a caring and supportive organisation.  The academy also benefits from an exceptional in-house Trust CPD programme, driven by the latest in educational research, focused on the development of all professionals in the organisation at each career stage.  Colleagues train with us, grow with us and progress with us.



We are looking for a Teaching Assistant to provide effective support to access to learning for students with SEND and provide general support to the teacher.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • To supervise and support students inside and outside of the classroom by:

    1. ensuring they have access to the curriculum

    2. encouraging them to participate in learning activities as required in lessons

    3. ensuring they understand learning objectives and instructions

    4. ensuring they are able to effectively use access arrangements as required under their study support plans 

  • Meet the physical needs of students, as required, whilst encouraging independence including attending to the students’ personal needs and implementing related personal programmes, including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters. To be aware of and support difference and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

  • Support with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes including gathering/reporting information to/from parents/carers as required.

  • To establish good relationships with students acting as a role model, responding appropriately to individual needs whilst promoting the inclusion and acceptance of all students.

  • To prepare the classroom, as directed by the teacher, for lessons, prepare and maintain equipment/resources and assist students in their use.

  • To be aware of student challenges/progress/achievements and report to the relevant member of staff.

  • To undertake and maintain accurate student records.

  • To support the teacher in managing student behaviour, reporting and recording difficulties as appropriate.

  • To provide clerical/administrative support such as photocopying, typing, filing etc.

  • To support during examinations by assisting in the setting up of rooms and invigilating including reading and/or scribing for students with access arrangements.


The successful candidate will have experience of supporting young learners in an organisational setting, along with an understanding of individual learning styles and the ability to identify potential barriers to learning, engaging in strategies and coaching skills to overcome these barriers. They will also be educated to GCSE level (or equivalent) at Grade C (including English and Maths).


Part of The White Rose Academies Trust, Leeds West Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of World Class.


We're securing our vision for World Class by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation in West Yorkshire.


We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society.

The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies in Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.

The Trust employs almost 400 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation.

We benefit hugely from our sponsor, Leeds City College which, along with the White Rose Academies Trust, is part of the Luminate Education Group.  Other members of the group include Leeds College of Music, Keighley College and Harrogate College.   Our sponsor provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our academies.  They also share our vision of creating a truly World Class Trust.


Closing Date:           Tuesday 3rd March 2020 - 9am

Shortlisting:                Between 3rd  March and 6th March 2020

Interview Dates:       w/c 9th March 2020 or w/c 16th March 2020

Start Date:                As soon as possible


For more information, please visit our website at .  To apply, please complete the application form and return to by the closing date of Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 9am. Please note we are unable to accept CV’s.


The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and a DBS check.



Teaching Assistant - Application Pack
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