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Graduate Teaching Assistant

22 Nov 2019   |   The Forest Academy   |   Grade 4 (pro-rata)


Salary Grade 4 (pro-rata)
Contract type Fixed Term 31.08.20
Start Date As soon as possible
Reporting to Head of School
Working Commitment  Monday – Friday

32.5 hours per week

Closing Date 27th November 2019

Are you an aspiring Primary school teacher looking to begin your teaching career? Do you have what it takes to be an exceptional Graduate Teaching Assistant?

An opportunity has arisen to join the team at Forest and become a part of the magic!

The Forest Academy is currently looking for a Graduate Teaching Assistant to join their support team on a full time basis.  The school is committed to recruiting graduate applicants through the Schools Direct training scheme and has a proven track record of supporting trainees through the early stages of their training into successful teaching careers. There may be the opportunity for a strong candidate to obtain a place on the course the following academic year. This would be in partnership with Positive Regard Teaching School Alliance.

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, you will start your career by supporting a class teacher and, as you grow in confidence, you will support pupils, varying in size from small groups to whole class. As a person you should be enthusiastic and passionate about education. Staff in the school are personable and work extremely well as a team. Any new members of staff must be conducive in this environment and should be able to thrive in a school that is determined to become outstanding.

The school will be looking to interview Graduate candidates with experience of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, or with other areas of child related experience such as voluntary work with children outside of a classroom environment.

At Forest, we believe that all children thrive in an environment in which they are happy, challenged and secure. We consider it an absolute privilege to be important figures in our pupils’ young lives and are committed to ensuring their primary school days are full of fun, adventure and experiences which create lifelong passions and interests.

Our children are achieving incredible things. Are you someone who can work in partnership with parents to unleash a child’s potential and establish an appetite for life and learning?

We are looking for someone who:

  • is enthusiastic, warm and caring
  • is able to develop a friendly and supportive relationship with children and their families
  • is able to boost children’s self-esteem, resilience and aspirations
  • is able to work with the class teacher to support the children in their learning
  • is able to lead learning
  • is committed to their own learning and professional development

In return we can offer:

  • a chance to work with fantastic, enthusiastic children who deserve the best start in life
  • the opportunity to become part of a school community where children are at the heart of all we do
  • a supportive and experienced Leadership Team
  • a school that values your training and personal development

Visits to the schools are strongly advised and warmly welcomed. To make an appointment to visit, or for an application form, please contact: Sarah Morrison on 01226 284719 or Email:

The Forest Academy is a part of The Wellspring Academy Trust – a growing Multi-Academy Trust who are committed to making a difference to the lives and life chances of the young people and the communities we serve.

Wellspring Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. All posts are offered subject to enhanced DBS checks. References will be take up prior to interview.

If you are currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal records check from the country/countries you have resided in, if you are the preferred candidate for the post.

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