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1-1 Teaching Assistant Vacancy (KS2)

Hours: 32.5 hours a week, Term time only.

Salary:  Spinal Point 13 (NLW)

Start Date: September 2018

Contract Type: Fixed Term- Dependent on funding received

Veritas Primary Academy is a two form entry school for children aged 4 to 11 years old that opened its doors in September 2015. We are a very friendly school where children are encouraged to become confident, caring and articulate and to use their abilities to the full. We aim to provide a calm and happy atmosphere and set high standards of respect, courtesy, hard work and achievement for all children and adults.

We are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust family and foster close links with other schools throughout the Trust aiming to share resources, facilities and expertise to ensure the best teaching and learning possible.

We are seeking to appoint a new member of staff to join our dynamic team of committed Teaching Assistants to assist in promoting the learning and personal development of the pupil to whom you are assigned, to enable him/her to make best use of the educational opportunities available to them. We would like to hear from anyone who feels they can motivate, inspire and challenge an assigned pupil to achieve their very best and want to be a memorable chapter of a child’s learning story.

Potential candidates should have an NVQ Level 3 (or equivalent) in a relevant childcare qualification and ideally have experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs.

Candidates should also:

  • Have a flexible approach to working
  • Have experience of working in Key Stage 2
  • Works well within a team
  • Displays initiative and ability to work independently
  • Is enthusiastic and dynamic
  • Be reliable with a sense of commitment
  • Have a calm and patient manner
  • Ability to adapt activities to engage an interest
  • Use praise, commentary and assistance to encourage the pupil to concentrate and stay on task
  • Liaising with the class teacher, SENCO and other professionals about individual Learning plans, contributing to the planning and delivery as appropriate
  • Consistently and effectively implementing agreed behaviour management strategies
  • Helping to make appropriate resources to support the pupil
  • To establish supportive relationships with the pupil concerned
  • To promote the acceptance and inclusion of the pupil with SEN, encouraging pupils to interact with each other in an appropriate and acceptable manner
  • To support the pupil in developing social skills both in and out of the classroom
  • To provide regular feedback on the pupil’s learning and behaviour to the teacher/SENCO, including feedback on the effectiveness of the behaviour strategies adopted

Application packs can be found below and should be submitted to  Lucy Henderson, Business Manager by email- lucy.henderson@veritasprimaryacademy.com or via post to Lucy Henderson, Veritas Primary Academy, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0FL

Application Form

Closing Date: Friday 6th July 2018

Interview Date: TBC

Veritas Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

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Veritas is a ‘GOOD’ school!

Veritas Primary Academy has received its first Ofsted report following the inspection earlier this month. It is very pleasing to read such positive things about our school and I am very happy with the conclusions the inspectors came to after spending two days in school. It is testament to the skills of the inspectors that they were able, in a relatively short time, to recognise the many things that we are so proud of here at Veritas Primary Academy and to sum up our school so succinctly.

The Ofsted framework is designed to challenge schools to achieve the highest standards. The lead inspector told me at the conclusion of the inspection that we were within touching distance of the top grades and it is my intention to continue to drive improvements so that our school continues to offer the very best we can for the children in our care.

There are many comments that I could pick out to highlight that we are very proud to read, but I do not wish to repeat what is written in the report – the words speak for themselves. However I would like to comment on what the inspectors said really stood out for them and that is the ethos and atmosphere within the school. This is nothing that can be manufactured or prepared for when the inspectors call – it is something that takes years to develop and will only be in place when all members of the staff are pulling in the same direction with the same expectations.

I am eager and keen to meet the challenges ahead and will do everything in my power to continue to raise attainment, as will my staff. Underpinning that, however, is something less

tangible – the values we try and teach the children, the way they treat each other, the way they behave both in class and out – ultimately the way we want them to develop as members of a community where respect and care are paramount. Having this surely makes us better placed to address the areas we can get even better at, as does having as a committed and skilful staff as I do here.

I feel great satisfaction as we head towards half term that we are doing everything we can to support and guide your most prized possessions – your children – and this has been recognised in such a positive report. I would like to thank all parents/carers who support our work so well because without that partnership children would not flourish as they do.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Kerr
Head Teacher

Veritas Primary Academy 10048311 PDF Final
https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/140381

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30 Hours Free Childcare

Calling all working parents of 3 and 4 year olds!


30 hours of funded early education for 3 & 4 year olds

Working parents who meet the earnings criteria could be entitled to an additional 15 hours of early education, making up a total of up to 30 hours per week (over 38 weeks, or 1140 hours across the year).

Find out if you are eligible for the extra 15 hours of early education and apply online at the HMRC website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

or if you experience any difficulties with the website or applying:

contact HMRC helpline 0300 123 4097

Successful applicants for 30 hours will receive an eligibility code, once you have this, please take your code to your chosen childcare provider as quickly as possible and request for your child’s code to be validated.

‘Childcare Choices’ also offers a ‘Childcare Calculator’ where parents can check what help you might be able to get with childcare schemes like tax credits, Tax-Free Childcare, childcare vouchers and funded childcare or education for 2 to 4 year olds.

For any other queries and/or frequently asked questions about 30 hours please contact your childcare provider or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/30hour

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Attendance Matters!

Did you know that children are far more likely to succeed academically when they attend school consistently?
Let’s give them the best possible start.

We want all our children to have the best possible attendance to enable each and every child to achieve their full potential.

Parents and carers have a duty to ensure their child has a suitable education by regular attendance at school. Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education and Ofsted expect a minimum of 95% attendance for each child. Just 10 days absence from school will cause your child’s attendance to drop below this level. Our attendance target at Veritas Primary Academy for each child is 96% and we strive to encourage this at every opportunity.

All children get ill. We understand that the occasional absence for illness may be necessary. However encouraging regular attendance is one of the most powerful ways both you as a parent, and we as a school, can prepare your child for success. Some absences we simply cannot authorise. The Government changed legislation in 2013 and schools are no longer allowed, by law, to approve time off for holidays. Only exceptional circumstances can be authorised – this may include family bereavement or religious observance etc.

Veritas monitors children’s attendance on a weekly basis. Where we have concerns you will be notified in writing. For example, if you child’s attendance falls below the recommended minimum we will make first contact with you to inform you of our concerns and to offer guidance and support. If regular absence persist we will ask you to attend a meeting in school to discuss this in more detail. If these measures do not help to improve your child’s attendance we may deem it necessary to refer the case to the Education Welfare Service to issue a fine.

More details on our absence procedures and attendance policy can be found here.