Published On: November 21, 2022|2.8 min read|

Tees Valley



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Teaching Assistant to be a key part of changing the lives of children aged 11 to 16 at a leading Alternative Education School within Progress Schools. As a Teaching Assistant, we would want to see an understanding of stages of development, individual needs and the ability to give positive encouragement and feedback to ensure pupils are reaching their full potential.

We provide opportunities for children who need a safe space outside of home and who need adults around them who provide both a nurturing, encouraging and supportive environment. Progress Schools are small but perfectly formed, having on average 30-55 pupils on roll.

If successfully appointed as a Teaching Assistant, you would be responsible for supporting all students throughout the school, this may either be in a 1:1, whole class support or outside the class capacity. You will be an integral part of continuing the altruistic work of the Progress Group and giving the pupils the chance to either get back into mainstream schools or progress into a sustained Post 16 pathway. Whilst you will be fully supported with a range of CPD, career progression and in house training.


Benefits offered by Progress Schools:

  • Progress Schools Salary for Teaching Assistants (£18,525)
  • Pension
  • Death in service insurance
  • Paid qualifications as part of a structured CPD Programme
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave – After required length of service
  • MiRewards benefits platform offering discounts on Shopping, Fuel card and more
  • Enhanced Employee Assistance Programme for Immediate Family
  • Group support including annual Group conference and annual review of benefits
  • Medicash savings on the cost of Glasses, Eye tests, prescriptions and dental


Expectations within the role:

  • To assist the teacher with writing and monitoring pupil learning plans, reviewing and implementing interventions enabling pupils to understand and meet their targets.
  • Support with the delivery of learning activities in the absence of the teacher, e.g., when providing cover supervision or working with pupils outside of the classroom.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other practitioners, drawing on their strengths and expertise to best support teaching and learning.
  • To be able to adapt to what the pupils require on any given day. This may see you in the class offering support to a particular pupil all day. Whilst the following day, you are outside of class all day giving one to one support to multiple pupils.
  • Work with all staff to address barriers to learning pupils may have, e.g., behaviour, attendance etc.


Requirements before applying to the role:

  • GCSEs in Maths and English C or 4 grade and above (or an equivalent)
  • Experience of working within an education setting or equivalent.
  • Experience working with vulnerable pupils.

Our sole focus is to help young people secure positive progressions back in mainstream schools or into Further Education. Therefore, there would be further expectations to:

  • Contribute to a positive ethos for learning
  • Overtly promote the values and achievements of the school to the community
  • To be aware of and follow the company Equality, Safeguarding and Health and Safety Policies
  • Have and create high expectations of staff and students

We would love to hear from applicants who are passionate about working with young people who need support for their positive change and lead a team of peers with the same mindset.

How to apply

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