Contract Type: Full Time
Teaching Assistant
Salary: £10.90 per hour - £11,143 p.a. (£21,032 FTE)
School Type:
Special Primary with Secondary
School Size: 0-250
School Age Range: 4-19
Pupil Gender: Mixed
Address: Westerham Kent TN16 1QN
Ofsted Ranking: Good 2


TLA English


Part Time – 22.5 hours per week – Permanent

Term Time Only (39 working weeks + 6.4 weeks paid holiday)

Monday to Wednesday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Benefits include generous pension & life cover, retail discounts, subsidised meals, training opportunities, well-being sessions, free on site parking…
As a Teaching & Learning Assistant for English you will provide high quality learning support for the English curriculum for our students across the school.  This will include:

  • supporting, informing and advising other support staff who are deployed with the class in lessons to enable them to effectively support students’ learning and communication.
  • creating resources and materials to enhance learning opportunities and delivering particular strategies and programmes for students
  • promoting a love of literature, including supporting Everyone Reading in Class (ERIC) time and the organisation of Accelerated Reader
  • being an advocate for phonics, attending training sessions and delivering small group intervention sessions.
  • ensuring effective communication with, and between, staff and students and contribute to securing efficiency and high standards of care and personal development for students and providing general support duties including providing physical management and personal care.

A good command of written and spoken English, English GCSE Grade A*-C (or equivalent) and an enthusiasm for teaching English is required.  Successful candidates will have a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools or be supported to achieve this.

Valence School is a KCC Foundation residential and day Special School for children and young people with physical disabilities, complex medical needs and associated learning and communication difficulties.  We are part of the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust.

Valence School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every student and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  References will be taken up before interview and the successful applicant will require an enhanced DBS check.

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About Valence School

We are proud to share with you the excellent work we do with children and young people who have physical disabilities and complex medical needs.  Our school is unique within the maintained sector in the whole of southern England.  We cater for students aged 4 to 19 and have both day and boarding places.  We have a large site with high quality teaching, social care and health care facilities.  A staff team of over 200 people provides specialist  teaching, social care, therapies and nursing care to an exceptionally high standard.

Our overall aim is to enable every child and young person to achieve meaningful independence.  Students flourish in a supportive but challenging environment, making good educational progress and achieving a range of accreditation as they get older.  There is excellent support to enable students to achieve functional communication, mobility and skills for daily living.

We are a Foundation Special School and are part of the Kent SEN Trust, a cooperative trust of ten schools working together to improve outcomes for all the children and young people attending the schools.  In 2008 Valence became a specialist Sports College and this status plays a significant role in raising students’ achievements and their participation in high quality physical education and sport.

The School works proactively with parents and external professionals to provide holistic support for every child and young person. It is also developing high quality outreach support services to local schools and more widely for children and young people in Kent who have physical disabilities who are attending mainstream schools.