Pre-Preparatory School Learning Support Teacher (part-time: 0.6)

An enthusiastic, well-qualified Learning Support teacher with experience of teaching children with additional needs, learning difficulties and/or disabilities and special educational needs is required to join our successful Pre-Preparatory School in September 2022.

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled and experienced practitioner wishing to have an opportunity to support learners in a vibrant, popular school with an accelerated and creative curriculum. Applicants should have the flexibility to adapt quickly and responsively to the varying needs of our pupils. An enthusiasm for thoughtful and personalised curriculum and innovation characterises teaching at Highgate.

Highgate Pre-Preparatory School teachers enjoy a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the School.

The Pre-Preparatory School

The Pre-Preparatory is an academically selective, coeducational school and has approximately 160 pupils. The school is growing to become a three-form entry and takes pupils from Reception (age 4) to Year Two when it is expected that they will transfer to the Junior School. The Pre-Preparatory School is housed in its own building in Bishopswood Road, adjacent to the school’s playing fields. The Pre-Preparatory building is currently being extended to provide additional classrooms, a new library and a medical room.

160

Pupils in the Pre-Prep

3

Becoming three form entry

Working at Highgate

  • Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff.
  • Salaries are competitive. The School pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Terms are shorter than in the maintained sector.
  • Staff have free access to the School’s sports facilities, including a fitness suite and the newly refurbished swimming pool.
  • Highgate is strongly committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members of our community, from every ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, religion and background.
  • We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that, the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.
  • Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police checks, if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

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Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 10 March 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

Gideon Zucker or Sally Hancock (Joint Acting Principals of the Pre-Preparatory School), will be happy to answer any queries

Criteria for the post of Learning Support

1. Essential professional criteria

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested or verified?
A good honours degree and a teaching qualification.
  • Original degree certificate(s)
  • Questions about subject specialisation (and course content for more recent graduates)
Experience of working with Reception and Key Stage One pupils and delivering learning sessions on a one-to-one basis. The ability to produce and maintain Pupil Profiles, registers, liaising and when necessary, providing staff training.
  • A 25-minute session to be spent with a suitable group of pupils
  • Questions at interview about formulating Pupil Profiles etc.
An understanding of SpLDs and associated barriers to learning.
  • Questions at interview to assess knowledge in this area
The ability to use creative, multi-sensory teaching methods appropriate to the learning needs of the individual child.
  • A 25-minute session to be spent with a suitable pupil
  • Questions at interview about methods and teaching style etc
Excellent communication skills
  • Panel interview; lesson (as above)
The ability to establish good relations with colleagues and pupils
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experiences where these skills have been demonstrated
Knowledge of, and sympathy with, traditional British values
  • Questions at interview
Awareness and understanding of safeguarding and welfare of children
  • Questions at interview to test attitudes towards and knowledge of children’s safeguarding and welfare

2. Desirable professional criteria 

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested
A teaching qualification (eg PGCE, GTP); a suitably accredited diploma in special education; a postgraduate qualification in special education, SpLDs or Educational Psychology.
  • Original certificate
To demonstrate the academic knowledge and research underpinning personal and more general current practice.
  • Opportunities at interview to recount professional experience and examples of applying one’s knowledge
A willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school eg clubs and activities, staff INSET
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experience of running or participating in such activities or to give ideas for these

3. Person Specification

Highgate seeks to appoint teachers who will have the following proven qualities, or the potential to develop them. At interview, candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate or give an account of these attributes.

  • Well-grounded and continuing interest in education, particularly in EYFS and KS1
  • Capacity for industry and initiative in both independent work and as part of teams of colleagues in academic work and pastoral care
  • Good judgement about people and situations, and discretion
  • The depth of knowledge and agility of mind to allow flexibility in lessons, adapting delivery as appropriate in the light of pupils’ responses
  • Empathy with and warmth towards pupils across the age and ability spectrum at Highgate
  • The ability to implement a range of teaching strategies to cater for each individual pupil
  • Awareness and understanding of matters relating to the personal, social, health and emotional development of Highgate’s pupils
  • General knowledge of Child Protection issues and good practice, particularly relating to professional obligations on safeguarding the welfare of each child and avoiding guarantees of confidentiality in any disclosure
  • Capacity to deal sensitively with problems raised by pupils, in line with Highgate’s pastoral policies
  • Willingness and ability to liaise effectively and professionally with staff and parents when required, making accurate records of these exchanges
  • Patience and thoughtfulness to see any issues that may arise with pupils, parents or colleagues from a variety of perspectives
  • The ability to de-fuse difficult situations using different strategies such as careful listening, sensitive use of humour, praise and recognition
  • Retention of a sense of perspective and, on occasion, the invaluable ability to laugh at oneself

Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 10 March 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

Gideon Zucker or Sally Hancock (Joint Acting Principals of the Pre-Preparatory School), will be happy to answer any queries

Please read before you apply

 

We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding & Welfare Policy. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Policy. A copy of this Policy will accompany all offers of employment. 

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities. 

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. 

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