Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Location Penzance
Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££20,645 to £22,794
Contact name: Tom Hooper

Contact email: tom.hooper@opus-abc.uk
Job ref: 49953
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: 21/04/2022

Job Title: Higher Level teaching Assistant (HLTA)

32.5 Hours a week


As the exclusive recruitment partner of the Cornwall Association of Primary Heads Opus are currently working with a highly successful Academy Trust School located in Penzance, providing high quality education and support for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities.

We are seeking to appoint a self-motivated, caring and dedicated HLTA to start ASAP. As a key member of staff you will take a pro-active role in the support of the educational and physical needs of the pupils with a focus on an individual’s support.


Main purpose of the Role:

  • To assist the delivery of outstanding lessons, leading to significant progression and attainment for all pupils.
  • To actively implement the school’s behaviour policy and systems in order to assist the delivery of outstanding education to our students.
  • Work with class teachers to raise the learning and attainment of pupils  Promote pupils’ independence, self-esteem and social inclusion
  • Give support to pupils, individually or in groups, so they can access the curriculum, take part in learning and experience a sense of achievement

Duties and responsibilities

Teaching and learning

  • Demonstrate an informed and efficient approach to teaching and learning by adopting relevant strategies to support the work of the teacher and increase participation and achievement of all pupils
  • Promote, support and facilitate inclusion by encouraging participation of all pupils in learning and extracurricular activities
  • Use effective behaviour management strategies consistently in line with the school’s policy and procedures
  • Support class teachers with maintaining good order and discipline among pupils, managing behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
  • In collaboration with the Class Teacher, organise and manage teaching space and resources to help maintain a stimulating and safe learning environment
  • Observe pupil performance and pass observations on to the class teacher
  • Supervise a class if the teacher is temporarily unavailable
  • Where applicable, use ICT skills to advance pupils’ learning
  • Undertake any other relevant duties given by the class teacher, or Senior Leadership Team
  • Support pupils across the school
  • To cover and lead class teaching (under supervision) as and when appropriate
  • Direct the work, where relevant, of other adults in supporting learning
  • Encourage appropriate social behaviour, during school hours both in and out of school and cater for the general welfare of children;  Accompany children on educational visits under the direction of the Teacher;  Make, devise and maintain equipment as required, ensuring that the classroom is kept in a clean and tidy condition;




Relevant Experience

  • Substantial experience in main stream/special school;
  • Planning, delivering and monitoring specific aspects of the curriculum as defined by the Teacher/ SLT
  • Evidence of an ability to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders built on honesty and integrity;
  • Display Personal and Interpersonal development and team-working skills;
  • Provide support and leadership to children on educational visits;
  • Pro-actively plan, organise and manage workload;
  • Display reflective practice and reflexivity;
  • Display knowledge and understanding of appropriate use of ICT in an education setting;
  • Display regular evidence of initiative taking;
  • Display robust self-management skills with regard to problem solving;
  • Experience of successfully working with children with SEBD;
  • Proven record of behaviour management;
  • Experience of working with disaffected children either in a special or main-stream setting;
  • Knowledge and understanding of children with medical difficulties
  • Experience in SEN;
  • Experience of supervising Teaching Assistants;
  • Undertake analysis and synthesis of complex information.

Education and Training

  • 5 GCSE to include English and Maths or equivalent
  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, or similar
  • Further qualification relevant to post

Special Knowledge and Skills

  • Robust self-management skill;
  • Proven ability to successfully teach a range of subjects at different key stages;
  •  Proven ability to lead on a core subject area;


Any Additional Factors

  • Regular access to a car;
  •  Current driving licence;
  • Motor insurance certificate with Business use;
  • Strong team player



All offers of employment are subject to the satisfactory completion of checks and references, including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have the commitment, energy, initiative and drive to help us meet our core values, then we welcome your application.

For more information please submit your application or call the Opus office on  01872 279810 and ask to speak to Tom