Teaching Assistant

Chase Grammar School
20 Aug 2019
17 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Teaching Assistant

Chase Grammar School is an independent boarding and day school for children aged 2 - 18 in Cannock, South Staffordshire. We put the children and young adults in our care at the heart of everything we do.

Lyncroft House Preparatory School sits within the site of Chase Grammar School in the heart of Cannock. In a stimulating and caring environment, children begin their journey of discovery with us in the Nursery. Small class sizes, individual care and the very best staff ensure that we celebrate the talents of the individual, nurture their inquisitive mind and take them on a journey of discovery.

In the Prep School, phonics and number work are a strength, and we ensure that children thrive through swimming, games, dance, music and drama, all taught by specialist teachers. French and Mandarin are also part of our broad, creative curriculum, ensuring that Chase Grammar School achieves the best examination results in Staffordshire.

Caring family values are at our core and we are one big family community. All pupils belong to one of our three houses, giving access to a wide range of exciting inter-house events, competitions and trips. Our standards are high, our curriculum is wide and our door is always open.

Teaching Assistant for Lyncroft House Preparatory School

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

* Provide pupils with the level and type of support specified by the teacher, whilst at the same time encouraging the pupils towards independence and accepting responsibility for their own behaviour.

* Establish a good relationship with pupils by using language and other communication skills that the pupils can understand and relate to.

* Promote positive pupil behaviour in line with school policies by the use of praise and encouragement.

* To undertake playground supervision during the mid-morning and/or afternoon breaks and to deal with unruly behaviour and, where necessary, report difficulties to a member of the teaching staff.

* Work under the direction of the teacher to prepare and maintain an effective learning environment, by preparing work materials and apparatus and clearing up afterwards.

* To abide by and work towards all the policies within the school e.g. Health and Safety

* To liaise regularly with the teacher and/or take part in planning meetings, inset days and any other meetings as required.

* To assist with language, literacy and numeracy development, and other activities under the direction of the teacher.

* To assist in the recording of lessons and assessment as required by the teacher.

Key Areas

Working with Children;

Team Work;

Liaise with Parents/carers.

Hours of Work - Term Time Monday to Friday, 08:20 - 16:40

Responsible to: Moira Simpson, Vice-Principal

Person Specification:

Essential Skills, aptitude, knowledge and experience

Previous experience of caring for, or working with children aged 0-5 in a voluntary or paid capacity

An understanding of the Early Learning Goals

Knowledge of the National Standards for the regulation of Childcare provision

A commitment to the provision of high quality childcare

A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities

Desireable Skills, aptitude, knowledge and experience

Interest in the care, learning and development of young children

An understanding of the Foundation Stage curriculum

Essential Personal qualities

Good organisational, record keeping and planning skills


Excellent communication skills, with children, colleagues, advisors and parents/carers/carers.


Empathy with children, colleagues and parents/carers/carers

Reliability and trustworthiness

A positive approach to inclusive practice, with children and colleagues

Enthusiasm for working with young children

Flexibility - occasionally working hours might be changed, e.g. if the setting hosts a Parent's Evening

Able to work in small teams

Essential Qualifications

Completion of a recognised Level 3 Childcare qualification, e.g. Level 3 Certificate for the Children & Young People's Workforce, NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development (BTEC or CACHE or NVQ)

A positive approach to gaining further qualifications

Some understanding of the importance of Health & Safety and Food Hygiene in the workplace

Desireable Qualifications

Completion of Safeguarding Awareness course (Group 2)

Health & Safety certificate

First Aid certificate

Completion of other relevant courses