Higher Level Teaching Assistant – Swaffham Primary Academy


Posted on: Monday 11 September 2023 | Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Swaffham Church of England Primary Academy, Brandon Road, Swaffham PE37 7EA

Swaffham Church of England Primary Academy is looking for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to join our wonderful school.

Trust: DNEAT

Academy Name: Swaffham Church of England Primary Academy

Vacancy Job Title: Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Pay Scale: Scale F/ G depending upon experience

Annual Value: £24,496 – £29,439 full time equivalent

Pro-Rata Value: £17,011 – £20,444 per annum

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Hours per week: 30

Term Time: 38 weeks  +   1 weeks per year (required for inset days or other)

Start Date: As soon as possible

We are looking for a passionate HLTA who can be an integral part of our school community to lead learning covering teachers’ PPA time and adhoc unplanned absence as well as supporting teaching and learning across the school.

Ofsted visited our school in June 2023 and recognised the following:

“Provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is effective.”

“Skilled adults deliver support effectively.”

“Staff enjoy working at the school… feel well supported by leaders… leaders are considerate of their workload and well-being.”

“[Swaffham Primary Academy] brings learning to life and broadens pupils’ horizons.”

“…pupils understand the SPA Way and the school’s values of being ready, respectful and safe.”

Our values are rooted in enabling every child to flourish through our fantastic curriculum. Through the Thrive approach and the launch of Forest Schools this year, we will continue to refine and develop our curriculum and are looking for someone who shares our values to support teaching and learning across the school.

If you:

  • share our values
  • are keen to play an active role in our school
  • are driven to build effective relationships with pupils across the Primary Key Stages to provide them with consistency and a safe environment, delivering great learning opportunities as part of their weekly routine
  • can build productive, communicative relationships with teachers, pupils and families
  • can work effectively as part of a strong team as well as work independently applying your skills and initiative
  • are committed to supporting pupils with their mental health and well-being
  • want to be part of a growing school with a commitment and drive to support every single learner to thrive in our setting and believe in themselves
  • can support the development of children’s self-esteem
  • can inspire a love of learning
  • have good literacy and numeracy skills
  • have a firm belief that every child can achieve

then we want to hear from you!

We are seeking to employ someone who has experience of working within the Primary phase. Covering regular PPA in classes is an integral part of a child’s routine and it is crucial they have a consistent presence who they have formed a good relationship with, who knows their routines and has an effective relationship with the class team. In the event of any unplanned absence, part of your role would be to cover this, providing the children with a familiar presence who knows them well.

We can offer:

  • an Ofsted Good school (June 2023)
  • a strong team approach
  • fantastic learners from EYFs to Year 6
  • a creative and friendly team of dedicated staff
  • a commitment to staff professional development
  • a supportive Trust
  • a growing school
  • a school and working environment we are proud
  • Thrive, Forest Schools and bespoke SEND provision

For an informal discussion with one of our leadership team or to book an opportunity to visit the school, please contact Jackie Purple on 01760 721831.

Closing date: Thursday 28 September 2023

Interviews: Wednesday 4 October 2023

How to apply

Completed application form to be emailed to; office@swaffhamprimary.norfolk.sch.uk

References may be requested prior to interview and may be contacted on receipt of your application form.  Please contact us to discuss this further if you have any queries.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. Please contact the school office to book an appointment or speak with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required.

This post will come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.


The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.


DNEAT has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the DNEAT meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation. This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and maybe some evening and weekend work. This job description is not an exhaustive document. It reflects the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing of DNEAT.

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