Teaching Assistant

  • Job Reference: 1382877434-2
  • Date Posted: 8 July 2024
  • Recruiter: Polaris Community
  • Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Support / IAG, Teaching Assistant
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Contract: Full-Time Term Time Only

Salary: 19,186.02 - 22,160.57

Benefits: Company Pension, Life Assurance, Employee Discount Scheme

Location: Stanndard School, Dunstable

Are you ready to join a supportive and nurturing community that works together to achieve the very best outcomes for its pupils? If so, our new school in Dunstable could be the perfect place for you to develop your career and make a real difference to the lives of children and young people

About Us

Located in Dunstable, approximately 2 miles from the M1, our new school offers a safe and supportive environment for pupils from 7 to 18 years old.

With significant investment and an abundance of new resources, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to shape and mould the school to create a supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, and engagement, and inspires learning. Our mission is to provide each pupil with a diverse and appropriate education that encourages aspiration and achievement.

We are part of the Polaris Community and have been passionately improving the lives of young people for over 30 years. Within the Polaris Community, we have Six SEN Schools across the UK that work together to provide each pupil with a tailored, diverse, and appropriate education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes engagement, inspires learning, and encourages achievement. We're also incredibly proud that 100% of our inspected services have been rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

Role responsibilities

  • Dedicated to mentoring and supporting one pupil or else a small group of no more than six pupils
  • Supporting the Classroom Teacher during lessons
  • Reporting on pupils' progress and concerns, and liaising with other School staff to ensure pupils needs are met
  • Supervision of pupils during non-classroom time including extra-curricular activities and school trips
  • Assisting with lesson planning and classroom preparation
  • Setting work where appropriate, and marking
  • Building positive relationships with your pupil/s and driving interaction and positive learning outcomes.


  • Have a strong basic education, ideally to A-level, with a minimum of GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics, and sound IT skills.
  • Previous experience in a similar role ie, Teaching Assistant
  • Some previous experience of working with pupils with SEMH within an Educational setting
  • Be experienced and confident enough to take additional responsibility in an area of school ie, Food Hygiene, Forest School, Lunchtimes, School Yoga etc
  • Experience of behaviour management and techniques
  • Committed to professional development and willing to learn
  • Must be willing to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check prior to commencing work.

What we offer

  • A workplace that values the emotional health and wellbeing of everybody (you included!)
  • A commitment to support your development in acquiring new skills through a wide range of professional opportunities
  • An opportunity to make a huge contribution to the lives and lifelong learning of vulnerable children who deserve high quality teaching in a safe educational provision
  • A friendly and inclusive team who are passionate about improving pupil outcomes

The successful candidate will be required to complete an enhanced DBS Check, cost of which will be met by Polaris Community.

Polaris Community is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

Polaris Community is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.