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 an excellent teaching assistant to join our wonderful School

Trust: DNEAT

Academy Name: Swaffham C of E Primary Academy

Vacancy Job Title: Teaching Assistant

Pay Scale: Scale D point 5-6

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

Pro-Rata Value: £13,734- £13,984 per annum

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Hours per week: 27.5

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

Start Date: As soon as possible

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.”

“Leaders ensure that pupils who struggle with their reading receive the right support to help them to catch up.”

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 an adaptive, consistent, patient Teaching Assistant.

This exciting opportunity will include supporting individuals and small groups across the key stages in the mornings, then delivering interventions in the afternoons, as part of our curriculum offer. Training will be provided for the delivery of interventions.

We are seeking to employ someone who can:

  • Work under their own initiative and have high levels of resilience
  • 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
  • Under the guidance and direction of the class teacher, deliver and record interventions
  • 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 pupils with SEND; in particular ASD, cognition and learning needs, SEMH needs
  • Experience of running interventions
  • Experience of working across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • Previous experience of Pixl would be great, but training will be provided
  • Confident and knowledgeable working with technology to support learning

We can offer:

  • A Thrive approach
  • Bespoke provision
  • A friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic and committed staff team
  • Fantastic children who are keen to learn
  • We are a Pixl School
  • 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 Deputy Head 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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