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Teaching Assistant & Positive Play Worker
  • Employer: Skills for Life Trust
  • Reference: WWCA/22/219537
  • Published: Wed 16/11/2022, 11:57 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 01/12/2022, 16:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Term Time
  • Hours: 32.5 hours per week
  • Salary: NJC Grade D2 Point 4-11 £15,509-£17,451 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Rochester, Kent, Kent

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Teaching Assistant & Positive Play Worker

Teaching Assistant and Positive Play Worker (PPW) at Warren Wood Primary Academy

Required: December 2022

NJC Grade D2 points 4-11 £15,509 – £17,451 per annum including PPW

21,189 - £24,054 FTE)

Hours: 32.5 hours, term time only

Location: Rochester

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated teaching assistant and positive play worker to join our established team providing support at Warren Wood Primary Academy. Warren Wood Primary Academy is designated by the Local Authority as a co-located specialist provision for speech and language needs. The Evergreen Centre is included within the main Warren Wood School building and has the same Headteacher and Governing Body as the main school.

The successful applicant must be able to build relationships, have a positive outlook and the ability to try different approaches when needed.  You should be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills and show initiative when working with different adults and children.  You will follow a programme of support clearly defined by the SENCO and work alongside teaching and other appropriate staff dependent on the nature of the particular needs of the pupils.

The Skills for Life Trust have developed a set of core values for staff which are promoted, encouraged and led by our CEO, Mr Andy Reese. The values help to ensure staff have a healthy work-life balance, are recognised and praised for their work, and are empowered to make decisions. As part of the Skills for Life Trust you will be involved in collaborative working across the primary and secondary settings.

Our aim is to provide a stable, nurturing environment in which children are happy, stimulated and keen to learn. As part of the Skills for Life Trust, our ‘Skills for Life’ strategy is an integral part of the school, equipping children with the vital skills they need for secondary school and adult life. We believe that every child can reach their potential and our caring and dedicated staff will allow them to achieve this.

In 2019, Ofsted graded the school as 'Good' in all areas.

Amongst the many benefits of working within the Trust you will receive;

  • Skills for Life Trust values
  • Free Private Healthcare Cover
  • Care First – Employee Assistance Programme
  • Personal development and promotion opportunities across the Trust
  • Trust wide focus on staff wellbeing
  • A supportive environment
  • Free Flu Vaccination
  • Flexible working
  • Timetabled and purposeful CPD
  • Secure car parking
  • Access to the National College*

*The National College provides engaging CPD in a high quality video format on the latest practice, policy and research, working with some of the leading experts in education.

Please check out this video for more information about Warren Wood Primary Academy:

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please call the HR Department on 01634 861596 ext: 337 or email who can arrange this for you.

The Skills for Life Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS Check) and the receipt of two satisfactory references.

In accordance with the statutory guidance laid out in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 para 221 we will undertake an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of the due diligence checks. These searches are necessary for the Trust to meet its statutory/ safeguarding obligations and to uphold the reputation of the Trust.  

The online searches the Trust may carry out includes searches of internet search engines, websites and social media platforms. Applicants are not required to provide account passwords or grant the school access to private social media accounts.  

In carrying out online searches, the Trust will be looking for publicly available information about the applicant that may be relevant to their suitability to work with children and/or may have an impact on the Trust’s reputation.           

Where possible, this check will be conducted by someone not involved with the interview process. Any pertinent information found will be passed to the interview panel and may be discussed with the candidate at interview stage.  

The information generated from online searches, notes of the shortlisting panel and details of the scoring will be retained for six months from the appointment date in line with the Trust’s document retention schedule. Documents will be securely disposed of.

Closing Date: 1st December 2022.  We reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.