Teaching Assistant (High & Complex Needs) – 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 has an exciting opportunity for someone who is driven to make a positive difference to children’s lives.

Trust:  DNEAT

Academy Name: Swaffham Church of England Primary Academy

Vacancy Job Title: Teaching Assistant to Support High and Complex Needs

Pay Scale: Scale D, Point 5/6

Annual Value: £21,575 – £21,968 full time equivalent

Pro-Rata Value:  £15,607 – £15,891 per annum

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Hours per week: 31.25

Contract: Fixed term for 12 months in the first instance

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

Start Date: As soon as possible

Do you believe in inclusion and that every child has the right and ability to shine, learn, believe and belong?

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.”

Our values are rooted in enabling every child to flourish through our fantastic curriculum. The next step in our school’s incredible journey is the launch of our bespoke provision this year including Forest Schools. As we are a Thrive school this will enhance our belief that every child can shine and together we make this possible.

Swaffham Church of England Primary Academy has an exciting opportunity for someone who is driven to make a positive difference to children’s lives.

We are looking for someone who is adaptive, consistent and patient, who understands how to support pupils with a range of communication and language needs, cognition and learning difficulties and associated communication, social and emotional challenges.

The pupil(s) that you will be working with either in a small group capacity, supporting their experience of a mainstream classroom or on a 1:1 basis, experience a range of needs including:

  • Global development day
  • Significant speech and language
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Significant SEMH needs

SEND Teaching Assistant roles are unique and require a nurturing approach with a positive attitude, where we learn, develop and adapt, as a team, to the needs of the children and support them to get the very best experience they can from school life.

  • Are you patient and understanding?
  • Are you child centred?
  • Can you work well as a team?
  • Are you keen to learn and develop your skill set and understanding of SEND?
  • Would you like to be part of our growing, positive team where children are at the very centre of all we do?
  • Do you place a great deal of importance on mental health and well-being for all?

If so, this is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference and have a strong impact on special needs children and be part of their educational journey at Swaffham Primary Academy and we want to hear from you!

In this role you would be working as part of a team to ensure that high needs children have the provision, patience, understanding and support they need to access an adaptive curriculum and thrive within our setting.

We are seeking to employ someone who can:

  • Support communication and language development
  • Support social, emotional and language needs
  • Be a forward-thinking TA with the willingness to learn, adapt and be flexible to meet the needs of all learners
  • Follow direction of the teacher and in collaboration adapt provision for SEND pupils to access the curriculum
  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of pupils while encouraging constructive relationships within the classroom
  • Under the guidance and direction of the class teacher, promote positive relationships with parents/carers
  • Undertake structured and agreed learning activities, adjusting activities according to pupil responses
  • Support the needs of all learners to access the curriculum and make progress, under the direction of the class teacher
  • Have the ability to be independent and work as part of a team

Desirable experience:

  • Working with ASD, ADHD and SEMH or pupils with global development delay would be an advantage
  • Confident and knowledgeable working with technology to support learning
  • Working with pupils with SEND

We can offer:

  • A Thrive approach
  • Bespoke provision
  • A friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic and committed staff team
  • Fantastic children who are keen to learn
  • commitment to CPD and professional development with opportunities across the Trust
  • The opportunity to work in a collaborative environment both within the academy and also as part of the DNEAT family of schools which includes 23 other Primary schools
  • A happy and positive working environment
  • Fantastic provision including forest schools, a soft play area, enhanced SEND areas around the school, large outdoor grounds, sensory provision

For an informal discussion with the SENDCo or to book an opportunity to visit the school, please contact Jackie Purple on 01760 721831.

Closing date: Wednesday 27 September 2023

Interviews: Tuesday 3 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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