Higher Level Teaching Assistant - September 2024 start

HLTA - Merton, South West London

Ref: 4903Tuesday 30 April 2024

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

London Borough of Merton                         

Temp-perm Contract                                          

September 2024 Start


We are delighted to announce the availability of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) position at a secondary school in the London Borough of Merton. This opportunity is perfect for experienced SEND Teaching Assistants seeking to advance their career while working with exceptional and aspiring students in a developing neighbourhood in South London. The school is committed to fulfilling the hopes, aspirations, and ambitions of their students and community. We invite you to join their team to help establish a school that will significantly enhance the prospects of their youth. Your contribution as a highly valuable and commendable member of staff will be greatly appreciated.


Your duties as Higher Level Teaching Assistant - HLTA:

  • Planning, preparing and conducting assigned programmes of teaching and learning activities to small groups, the entire class or on a 1:1 basis, adjusting activities if required.
  • Liaising with higher staff to report on pupil development. You will be expected to monitor their growth over a continuous timeframe.
  • Contributing to parent/carer meetings – To provide pupil progress, achievements and assist with parental learning.
  • Supporting children's emotional well-being and, where necessary, reporting concerns to the teacher.
  • Contributing to annual reviews


Being a Higher Level Teaching Assistant - HLTA, you will have the advantage of undertaking further activities such as:

  • Providing varying levels of specialist support; to those where English is not their first language, learners who require support in one area such as literacy or numeracy, pupils who have behavioural, learning, social, communication, physical and sensory difficulties and students who are gifted and talented.
  • Covering lessons when required.
  • During breaks and lunchtimes, carrying out the supervision of pupils and undertaking other responsibilities when requested.
  • Contributing to the school’s abundant extracurricular programme.


In regards to the position of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), it is imperative that the candidate possesses GCSEs above the grade of C+ in both Mathematics and English (or equivalent) and has completed their education to A Level standard. Although this role may be suitable for a skilled SEN Teaching Assistant at the secondary level, due to the level of responsibility involved, we require a minimum of two years of experience in a TA or a similar position. Having experience in delivering Speech and Language Intervention/Training and/or Dyslexia Intervention/Training would be particularly beneficial.

We place significant emphasis on continuous improvement and encourage our staff to develop their abilities. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate is open to constructive feedback and willing to develop their skills. The ideal candidate will be flexible, hard-working, and willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Building positive relationships with students and colleagues is of utmost importance for this role.


Why work with Parker Smith Inclusion? 

  • Over 250+ FIVE STAR Google reviews
  • We have access to a wider range of job opportunities including vacancies that haven't been advertised yet :We have partnerships with multiple schools, Local Authorities, and educational organisations and can provide you with access to a wider range of job opportunities.
  • Expertise in the SEND education industry with an ethical and transparent approach: we have specialist knowledge and experience in the SEND education industry, including an understanding of school hiring practices and requirements, which can help you navigate the job search process more effectively.
  • Assistance with CV and application materials:  we can provide guidance on preparing effective resumes and application materials, which can help you to stand out to schools
  • Transfer to a permanent contract after 2 terms
  • One application - Multiple Opportunities: are you too busy to fill out lots of different application forms? register with us and only fill out one form
  • Continued support in your role: we can provide continued support throughout the job search process, even after a job offer has been made


Interested in hear about more roles like this across London and Essex? Is this role not quite perfect for you? Get in touch and tell me what you want in your career!

Get in touch by applying to this advert or emailing isy@psinclusion.co.uk


Unfortunately if you are not contacted within 5 working days it means your application has been unsuccessful, we will however keep your records on file and contact you if a job role becomes available that we believe is perfect for you.

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