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Early Years Practitioner

Closing Date: September 07, 2018 12:00

Location: Tindal Primary Academy - (Birmingham)

Salary: Ark Support Staff Scale 5, full time equivalent £17,073 - £18,932 per annum, actual salary £15,229-£16,887 per annum

Hours: Term time only

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Early Years Practitioner

An engaging and enjoyable environment for staff and pupils alike

By having high expectations of our pupils at Ark Tindal and believing they can achieve great results, they start believing it too and rise to meet those standards. Join our team and join us in shaping the young minds of our future.  

We are looking for an exceptional Early Years Practitioner to work as part of a team to develop the learning of pupils across the Early Years Foundation Stage. We need a Practitioner who will be an inspirational role model to our pupils and work with both teachers and the wider school community to establish a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which children make rapid academic progress.

Our ideal Early Years Practitioner will:

  • have a degree in Early Years or equivalent
  • have experience working with young people in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • have the desire and enthusiasm to deliver outstanding teaching
  • be committed to Ark’s ethos of high expectations
  • have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of our pupils
  • have a good knowledge and understanding of the EYFS and be able to make accurate assessments

"Team Tindal" is a strong community and our staff see themselves as one big family. Everyone looks after each other and there are regular staff lunches and social activities for birthdays and special occasions.  Celebrating success is a big part of life at Tindal and there is a real culture of praise amongst our staff. We ensure that hard work and success never goes unnoticed.

Ark is one of the UK's most successful school groups with a network of 35 schools in 4 locations across the country alone, it is an international charity transforming lives through education. As part of the network, our staff can expect:

  • Access to a range of discounts through the Ark Rewards Scheme which includes reduced gym memberships, discounts at major retailers and travel loans
  • Twice as many training days as standard
  • Support from a network of 35 schools across the UK

Visits to the school are warmly encouraged; to arrange, please call +44 (0)121 464 3049 or email Visit for more information on the school. If you have any technical issues with the application form, please contact our technical team on

Please submit your application online by visiting The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 7th September 2018. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged.

Deadline:    12 noon on Friday 7th 2018

Hours:         37.5 hours per week, term time only

Salary:          Ark Support Staff Scale 5, full time equivalent £17,073 - £18,932 per annum, actual salary £15,229-£16,887 per annum

Start date:   TBC September 2018

Interviews: Week commencing 10th September 2018

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.



Job Description: Early Years Practitioner

Reports to:             Early Years Foundation Stage Lead

Start date:              TBC September 2018

Salary:                      Ark Support Staff Scale 5, full time equivalent £17,073 - £18,932 per annum, actual salary £15,229-£16,887 per annum

Hours:                      37.5 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks)


The Role

To support pupils, parents, teachers, and the school to establish a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which children make rapid academic progress and form habits of excellence

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide support for learning and playtimes  
  • Feeding back to the EYFS Lead on progress made
  • Promote independent learning
  • Encouraging children to take responsibility for their own learning and promoting development of self-esteem
  • Carrying out a child's care plan (education, social, behaviour and personal)
  • Assessing children using the EYFS

Outcomes and Activities

Learning Support

  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the school, including those with physical, learning and behaviour difficulties
  • Work with teachers to assess the needs of individual children
  • Work with the SENDCo and other teachers to implement Individual Education
  • Plans and develop resources for pupils who have English as a second language, speech or language impairments, or behaviours that interfere with learning and/or relationships
  • Plan and facilitate group teaching
  • Plan and undertake direction for one to one teaching and intervention
  • Observe, record and feedback information of pupil performance
  • Assist in creating materials for curriculum delivery and display boards
  • Assist with whole class teaching
  • Assist with behaviour management within and outside the classroom.
  • Provide off-site community based opportunities for pupils, if appropriate to the job assignment.
  • Assist pupils' achievement outside of the classroom, e.g., computer lab, library.

Other support

  • Supervise pupils in playgrounds, lunchrooms, etc.
  • Assist with follow-through for related services, e.g., speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy
  • Lead a ‘family style’ lunchtime
  • Maintain pupil and family confidentiality
  • Attend regular meetings and training, as required
  • Run extra-curricular activities and participate in trips and visits
  • Lead a group of pupils on the Academy’s Walking Bus collecting children from the local area


Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Head of School.


Person Specification: Early Years Teaching Assistant

Qualification Criteria

    • Degree in Early Years or equivalent
    • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above
    • Right to work in UK



Personal characteristics

    • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil
    • Helpful, positive, calm and caring nature
    • Able to establish good working relationships with all other staff
    • Able to follow instructions accurately but make good judgments and lead when required.

Specific skills

    • Good communication skills, including written and oral
    • Good numeracy and literacy skills
    • Competent with computers and other technology
    • Good administrative and organisational skills
    • Able to lead intervention sessions for pupils after receiving comprehensive training
    • Able to understand and implement particular strategies and methods to help pupils to improve their learning and enjoyment of learning
    • Able to help implement the necessary routines and patterns to establish good behaviour management within the school
    • Able to deal with minor incidents, first aid, and the personal health and hygiene of the pupils
    • Understand the importance of confidentiality and discretion.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the EYFS

Other desirable training and skills

  • Maths Mastery
  • Read Wrote Inc. phonics
  • Paediatric First Aid



  • Committed to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
  • Willing to undertake training

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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