Thomas Bewick School, Linhope Road, West Denton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 2LW

Higher Level Support Assistants

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time - term time plus specified days

£28,371 to £31,099 per annum, pro rata. Actual salary £24,361 to £26,703 per annum.

This school has Academy status and is part of Prosper Learning Trust; the employer will be the Multi Academy Trust.

Thomas Bewick School

Linhope Road

West Denton

Newcastle upon Tyne


Start Date: 1 September 2023

Hours: 37 hrs per week, term time only + 5 training days. To be class based as directed by the Headteacher. (Permanent position).

Thomas Bewick is a successful specialist school for pupils with autism aged between three and nineteen years. Ofsted reported the school as being ‘good’ in April 2016.

Required from September 2023, we are looking to appoint a team of motivated and talented Higher Level Support Assistants with experience and/or interest in working with pupils with autism and associated difficulties. We value high standards of achievement for all of our pupils and so we are looking to appoint excellent HLSAs who will make a positive contribution to the education of our fantastic pupils at Thomas Bewick School. All pupils have significant learning difficulties and complex needs. The range of abilities range from Engagement Model to lower National Curriculum levels.

Our Higher Level Support Assistants will have a range of duties and responsibilities such as teacher PPA cover, line management of other support staff and leading on an area of school development under the direction of the senior management and teaching team.

As a Higher Level Support Assistant, you may be class based or required to cover teacher planning time across the school, and will therefore be involved in teaching and supporting the delivery of a full formal/semi-formal or pre-formal curriculum alongside our fantastic team of teachers. If you have a particular talent or skill that you feel is a strength and would be an asset to our school, please let us know about this in your application.

The Trust is proud to say that the Real Living Wage is matched we also offer the successful candidate:

• A friendly and supportive team of staff who are willing to share expertise and learn from one another

• Opportunities for career development and support with development through Trust wide CPD programmes.

• Access to an Employee Assistance Programme and support from the Trust's Wellbeing Network Group.

• Access to either Teacher's Pension or Local Government Pension Scheme.

Prosper Learning Trust was established in January 2018 with Newcastle Bridges School and Mary Astell Academy. Thomas Bewick School joined in 2019 and Harry Watts Academy opened in September 2020. We are striving to further build collaboration across the schools and grow as a Multi Academy Trust, whilst continuing to strengthen our relationships with schools outside the MAT for the benefit of our pupils.

Prosper Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone applying to work within the Trust is expected to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are invited for interview, you will be required to disclose convictions that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. Certain spent convictions and cautions will be ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed. Full details on protected convictions and information about which convictions must be declared during job applications can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. You will be asked for further information about your criminal history during the recruitment process. If your application is successful, this self-disclosure information will be checked against information from the Disclosure and Barring Service before your appointment is confirmed. This role will include Regulated Activities and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is required for this post. Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

The successful candidates will be deployed at Thomas Bewick School but will be expected to work at any Prosper Learning Trust site should the need arise.

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Closing date: 12 noon Monday 5 June 2023

Interviews: Weeks commencing Monday 12 and Monday 19 June 2023


Closing date:

5 June 2023

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