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Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Merthyr Tydfil

  • Location: Merthyr Tydfil
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Salary: £75 per day
  • Start date: To be confirmed
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Sector: Primary
  • Posted:

Job Description

New Directions Education are dedicated to preparations for schools re-opening fully in September when restrictions are lifted. We anticipate a high demand for supply teachers and are therefore recruiting high levels of staff. We have moved our registration process to be completely online and easy, so staff can ensure a smooth process.

The role of a higher level teaching assistant can vary from school to school. As a more qualified member of staff you may be expected to take on a specialist area of learning or a senior role amongst support staff. The main aim is to increase learning standards in the school by supporting class teachers in their delivery of the curriculum.

Responsibilities can include leading small groups of pupils or covering whole classes for PPA, sickness or course cover. It is important that higher level teaching assistants have excellent communication skills to build strong relationships with pupils, parents and staff. Also, to offer guidance and advice to support staff within the school. On occasion you may be asked to prepare resources for lessons and deliver effective engaging lessons. Experience working with additional learning needs would be beneficial but is not essential.

Job Specification

The HLTA role adds further support to those teaching in a classroom environment. The post is more senior than a Teaching Assistant, and comes with added responsibilities.

A HLTA may be required to teach classes on their own at times, or cover planned absences to allow teaching staff to plan and mark.

To become a HLTA you must have experience as a teaching assistant. You will also need the support of your school and senior staff.

As an HLTA you’ll be expected to:

  • Meet HLTA standards or equivalent qualification or experience
  • Hold relevant qualifications at Level 3 minimum
  • Demonstrate numeracy and literacy skills to GCSE (A-C) or L2 equivalent
  • Have a minimum of two years’ experience in a teaching assistant role.

Typical duties of a HLTA include:

  • Teaching small groups of students
  • Offering cover supervision in teacher absence
  • Organising classroom activities – planning and setting out resource
  • Providing verbal and written feedback on classroom sessions to teaching staff
  • Promoting the inclusion of all pupils in a learning environment
  • Working with teaching staff to evaluate pupils’ learning progress
  • Contributing to observation and assessment in classroom environments.

What New Directions Education offers:

  • A dedicated and expert Account Manager
  • Regular and varied supply work
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Potential long-term roles
  • Full compliance with the Agency Workers Regulation (AWR)
  • A network of branches across the UK
  • One of the preferred suppliers to all 22 local authorities in Wales under the All Wales Framework Agreement
  • We are the major teaching supply agency for Welsh speaking teachers across Wales
  • Recommend-a-friend scheme
  • Respected reputation across the education and recruitment industry

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