TEACHING ASSISTANT LEVEL THREE – JOB DESCRIPTION

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					TEACHING ASSISTANT - LEVEL THREE – JOB DESCRIPTION
Accountability: A level 3 TA will work under the overall direction of SMT or SENCO (or other appropriate member of staff) but without the need for close supervision.
Principal Contacts: Main contacts are with pupils, teaching staff, specialist teachers, other professional staff, health officers, parents/carers, other support staff,
volunteers.

Pupil support                                    Teacher support                                Curriculum support                               School/Service support
In addition to the duties and responsibilities   In addition to the duties and                  In addition to the duties and responsibilities   In addition to the duties and responsibilities
of a level 2 TA, will:                           responsibilities of a level 2 TA, will:        of a level 2 TA, will:                           of a level 2 TA will:
 Use specialist knowledge, experience,           Support Senior Management Team,               Apply considerable depth of knowledge           Model good practice and contribute to
     training to provide appropriate support          senior teachers or SENCO in the                and understanding of a relevant area of          the planning and delivery of INSET to
     to pupils                                        appointment, supervision and                   the curriculum, age range or SEN, in             others (e.g. TAs, MDS staff, volunteers)
 To have the knowledge to enable                     deployment of staff that support               supporting pupils.                               who support pupils (including pupils
     independent selection of ICT tools to            pupils (e.g. TA levels 1 & 2, MDS          Take lead responsibility for                        with SEN)
     advance children’s learning                      staff, volunteers).                            coordination of a school activity            Be able to work in a variety of school
 Provides Cover for absent teachers in           If employed in SEN, other duties may          Be involved in and contribute to whole              settings with a variety of disabilities and
     accordance with School Cover Policy              involve making appointments for                school policy development                        at different key stages
     and the WAMG Guidance for schools                parents and professionals to attend                                                         Liaises with and supports parents/carers
     on cover supervision                             annual review and ensuring that all                                                             relevant to the role
                                                      necessary papers are available, co-
                                                      ordinating the preparation and
                                                      ensuring the availability of IEPs.
                                                      Attendance at IEP and review
                                                      meetings as necessary.
                                                  Co-ordinate and organise pupils
                                                      attending extra curricular activities /
                                                      work experience (or other out of
                                                      school activities)
                                                  Organises the assessment of
                                                      individual or groups of pupils
                                                  Participates in exam invigilation




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TEACHING ASSISTANT - LEVEL THREE – JOB REQUIREMENTS (In addition to the requirements of TA
Level 2, a TA Level 3 will)

Experience                                     Have considerable experience (at least 2 years) of working to support children’s learning
                                               Have an up-to-date understanding of the level 3 post
                                               Have an understanding of other areas of school life
                                               Understand the school’s policies relevant to the subject/support provided and how they relate to local and national
                                                frameworks/policies


Qualifications                                 Specialist Teaching Assistant Award or NNEB or relevant NVQ Level 3 or equivalent - essential
                                               English GCSE (A*-C) or equivalency test (Level 2 Basic Skills Literacy) – essential
                                               Maths GCSE (A*-C) or equivalency test (Level 2 Basic Skills Numeracy)– desirable
                                               A willingness to undertake study / training for further qualifications in numeracy or another specialist area as required


Skills                                         Have good organisational skills
                                               Have advocacy skills


Qualities                                      Have the confidence to review own performance
                                               Demonstrate creativity and imagination, showing an ability to adapt teaching styles to the needs of a group of pupils.


Examples of qualifications equivalent to level 3 are:

          Specialist Teaching Assistant Award (STAA)
        Teaching Assistant Award (University of Leicester)
        The National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) “Diploma in Nursery Nursing”.
        The National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) “Certificate in post-qualifying studies (CPQS)
        The Business and Technician Education Council (BTEC) “National Diploma in Caring Services (Nursery Nursing) (to include the child development option).
        CACHE level 3 Certificate
        NCFE Certificate for Special Needs Assistants
        NOCN Advanced Award for Learning Support Assistants
        Instructor qualification in a specialist area




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TEACHING ASSISTANT - LEVEL FOUR – JOB DESCRIPTION
Accountability: A level 4 will hold a senior role within the field of work of teaching assistants and will work under the overall direction of SMT or SENCO (or other
appropriate member of staff) but without the need for close supervision. S/he will operate with a higher level of delegated authority than TA level 3 and will undertake at least
one additional responsibility from each of those outlined below.
Principal Contacts: Main contacts are with pupils, teaching staff, specialist teachers, other professional staff, health officers, parents/carers, other support staff, volunteers.

Pupil support                                 Teacher support                               Curriculum support                             School/Service support
In addition to the duties and                 In addition to the duties and                 In addition to the duties and                  In addition to the duties and
responsibilities of a level 3 TA, will:       responsibilities of a level 3 TA, will:       responsibilities of a level 3 TA, will:        responsibilities of a level 3 TA will:
 Advance pupils’ learning in whole            Use assessment information for                  Planning of lessons within framework       Model good practice and contribute
     class settings where the assigned             future planning and target setting for        provided by teacher                            significantly to the planning and
     teacher is not present                        individual or groups of pupils            Contribute effectively to the selection           delivery of INSET to others (e.g. TAs,
                                               Manage exam invigilation                         & preparation of teaching resources            MDS staff, volunteers) who support
                                               Use ICT to support and advance                                                                  pupils (including pupils with SEN)
                                                   their own and pupils learning                                                            Take a key role in presenting
                                                                                                                                                information to parents or groups of
                                                                                                                                                parents, using information to reflect
                                                                                                                                                and question current practice
                                                                                                                                            Manage level 1, 2 and 3 TA/NN




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TEACHING ASSISTANT - LEVEL FOUR – JOB REQUIREMENTS
(In addition to the requirements of TA Level 3, a Level 4 TA will)

Experience                             Have considerable experience (at least 3 years) of working to support
                                        children’s learning
                                       Have an up-to-date understanding of the level 4 post


Qualifications                         Have Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status – essential
                                       Have a recognised qualification (NVQ Level 3 or equivalent) or detailed
                                        knowledge and understanding of at least one area of the curriculum/age
                                        range/SEN
                                       NVQ level 4 or equivalent desirable
                                       English GCSE (A*-C) or equivalency test (Level 2 Basic Skills Literacy)
                                        – essential
                                       Maths GCSE (A*-C) or equivalency test (Level 2 Basic Skills
                                        Numeracy)– essential


Skills                                 Be able to supervise and train others
                                       Be able to take responsibility for planning the work of other TA/NNs
                                       Have good organisational skills
                                       Have advocacy skills


Qualities                              Have the confidence to review the performance of other TAs


Examples of qualifications equivalent to level 4 are:

        Foundation degree




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