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The Howard Partnership Trust


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Employer: The Howard Partnership Trust
Location: Ashford
Job Type: Permanent
Contract Type: Permanent

Job Details:

Start Date: ASAP or 1 September 2024

Working Pattern: Part-time/Permanent -36 hours/39 weeks. Monday to Friday

We have an exciting opportunity for a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant to join the team at Thomas Knyvett College. As with all our support staff roles at Thomas Knyvett College, this role ultimately supports identified students with special educational needs and/or disabilities to enable them to access the curriculum. You will plan and run small English withdrawal groups and will line manage the Learning Support Assistants. We are looking for an inspirational and motivated individual who is committed to ‘Bringing out the Best’ in every student and working in an environment where young people of all backgrounds are supported and encouraged to succeed.

Support staff at Thomas Knyvett College are highly valued, highly professional and always have young people’s best interests at heart. Central to our ethos are the positive relationships and personalised approach which we take with all our students. As a member of the Thomas Knyvett college support staff team, you will be encouraged to be pro-active, take the initiative and look for ways in which you can better serve students through your role.

Within The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) there are career development opportunities available across a large number of partnership schools.

All adults employed by the trust have a responsibility for data protection and have a duty to observe and follow the principles of the GDPR Regulations.?The Howard Partnership Trust welcomes applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation.?

All applicants must be able to provide evidence of their Right to Work in the UK prior to commencement of employment. As part of our need to comply with UK immigration rules, you will be required to provide Home Office stipulated documentation prior to interview.

Early applications are encouraged. ?We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date of this advertisement.

As well as verification of identity, we ask all successful candidates to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure. In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) guidance, we may also conduct an online search about any shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence to identify any matters that might relate directly to our legal duty to meet safeguarding duties, in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).


In addition, THPT is also able to offer:

    • an opportunity to be part of a dynamic and developing organisation
    • an excellent benefit package including Cycle to Work, Sainsbury’s Loyalty Discount and access to discount schemes
    • a fantastic Local Government Pension Scheme, including generous employer contributions
    • rewards and benefits scheme that includes Loyalty and Service Awards
    • full access to the Employee Assistance Programme from SwiftCare.
  • Electric Car Scheme Octopus Energy
  • Eye care with Specsavers
  • Costco Membership and many more.

Essential Criteria

• Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English & Maths), or equivalent, or able to evidence ability at an equivalent level.

• Understanding of Health and Safety requirements.

• Understanding of relevant regulations, processes and procedures and issues relating to the service user group.

• Good written and oral communication skills with the ability to build sound relationships with customers.

• Require a technical/professional qualification related to the role. e.g. HLTA status, NNEB, or other relevant qualifications at level 2 or 3.

Values and Behaviours

The Howard Partnership Trust is a values-based organisation which seeks to recruit individuals who can demonstrate our values.

Our values will be assessed through the selection process. We therefore ask all applicants, when providing their supporting statement, to incorporate not only how they meet the essential criteria for the role but to also how they demonstrate our values.

Our THPT values are:

  • Integrity – displaying honesty and having strong moral principles

  • Partnership – working together and taking collective ownership to achieve the same goals

  • Advocacy – working hard on behalf of others to maximise their success

  • Resilience – finding success again after something difficult or negative has happened

  • Compassion – displaying empathy towards and a desire to help others

  • Aspiration – aiming high to achieve success

Safeguarding and Further Information

The successful candidate will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The Howard Partnership Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Due to the nature of this role, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosureto be undertaken. In making your application, it is essential you disclose whether you have anypending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will beexempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Therefore,applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are’spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up, any failureto disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action. The fact that a pendingcharge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar youfrom considerationforthisappointment.

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