Job Description – Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant
This position offers the opportunity to join our strong and successful Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant team and work alongside enthusiastic and dynamic colleagues. You will be required to ensure all children have the opportunity to engage in the Key Stage 1 Curriculum and Early Years Department according to the school’s requirements. Within the school day it is fundamental that you facilitate opportunities for children to experience successful learning of knowledge and abilities, including ‘soft’ skills. The ideal candidate will be passionate about education and will have an ability to connect with pupils to create positive and trusting relationships.
Somerhill Pre-Prep is one of the three sections at Somerhill. It is a co-educational school, comprising of an Early Years department and Key Stage 1 department. There are approximately 200 pupils, ranging in age from rising 3 to 7 years. There are currently just over 30 full and part-time staff, including One-to One Learning Support Assistants and specialist teachers. Somerhill Pre-Prep provides families the opportunity to start their child’s learning in a school environment prior to statutory school age. Our Early Years department currently comprises of two Pre-School classes, offering a mixed age range environment for Rising 3 and Rising 4 year olds and three Reception classes. There are three Year 1 and three Year 2 classes. We are a mixed ability school and pride ourselves on developing each child to their full potential, both academically and socially.
Somerhill Pre-Prep is an IAPS school, and the majority of our children continue their learning at our prep sections. The boys can join Yardley Court, which currently has 250+ pupils, at Year 3 and they will stay until Year 6 (11+) or Year 8 (13+ Common Entrance). The girls can join Derwent Lodge which currently has 135+ pupils aged 7 to 11 years. Overall, there are 600+ pupils here on site at Somerhill. The schools are all based in a stunning Jacobean mansion set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.
At Somerhill Pre-Prep, our goal is to ensure pupils are offered a range of stimulating and engaging experiences to develop a life-long interest and enjoyment of learning for everyone.
Teaching and learning
- To assist in the educational and social development of pupils under the direction of the Class Teacher, Key Stage 1 Coordinator or Head of Pre-Prep,
- To have a sound knowledge of the Key Stage 1 curriculum and learning outcomes,
- To plan and prepare activities, manage resources, make observations and compile or contribute to online learning journals, records and reports as deemed necessary,
- To share the responsibility for pastoral care of the children,
- To co-operate with other members of staff throughout Pre-Prep and Somerhill,
- To attend relevant staff meetings and participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as identified in appraisal and annual reviews,
- To assist with cover for absent colleagues as directed by the Head or EY Coordinator,
- To promote good relationships between staff and parents,
- To establish and maintain a positive regard towards pupils,
- To fulfill the role of Teaching Assistant and contribute to the monitoring and the needs of the children, including making observations on Tapestry,
- To keep abreast of current issues and attend training as necessary,
- Communicate with parents and other visitors in a calm, friendly and efficient manner,
- Ensure your working practices are appropriate to meet ISI standards and requirements.
Standards and quality assurance
- To support the aims and ethos of Somerhill,
- To follow all Somerhill policies and the Somerhill Handbook,
- To keep up to date with First Aid paediatric training,
- To be aware of and able to follow the procedures in the Somerhill Safeguarding Policy,
- To set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance,
- To attend all required out of working hours activities e.g. training, staff meetings, parent evenings,
- To respect confidentiality within Pre-Prep and the Somerhill community.
Knowledge, experience and training
- Ability to work on your own and as part of a team,
- Experience of providing high quality care and contributing to high quality learning of the children,
- To hold a recognised childcare qualification; NVQ 3 equivalent or higher would be beneficial.
- To undertake After School Care duties or clubs as required,
- To undertake any duties or tasks as reasonably requested by the Head of Pre-Prep or the Principal.
Closing Date for Applications: 4 June 2021
Interviews: 10 June 2021
Start Date: September 2021
Hours of work: Full Time 8.00am – 4.30pm (4 days per week) and 8.00pm – 6.00pm (1 day per week *agreed termly)
Salary: £9.50 per hour (£10.60 including holiday pay)
Reporting to: Head of Pre-Prep
Please note that we do not accept CVs in place of a Somerhill application form as we require the same range of information from all of our candidates. Completed applications can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the current pandemic, we will not be able to offer tours of the school prior to interview. However, a tour will form part of the interview process. Our website provides a lot of information about us including a virtual tour https://spark.adobe.com/page/NWmTWhbdpiUZE/
Somerhill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child-protection screening, including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS check. Somerhill is an equal opportunities employer and educator.