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Salary: Trust Scale 4-11: £18,426 - £21,166 pa FTE

To be paid pro-rata (£13,036 - £14,975 pa – pay award pending)

plus an SEN allowance of £1,289 per annum

32.5 hours per week (8.15am-3.15pm Term time) - Start date As soon as possible

A rewarding opportunity has arisen for a pro-active, organised and self-motivated applicant to join a successful and oversubscribed secondary school to provide teaching and learning support to students in our provision for hearing impaired students.


  • Flexibility, excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to team working.
  • Passion for working with deaf children and championing their education and wellbeing.
  • The ability to support a deaf child through high quality BSL so that they can fully access classroom learning.
  • Recent experience supporting deaf pupils with their studies in education and an understanding of the different needs of deaf learners.
  • Confident communication and IT skills are important although training in new software programmes will be provided.
  • A proven track record of supporting and promoting pupil independence.
  • The ability to offer extracurricular clubs for sign language for our pupils, staff and parents.
  • A good knowledge of the needs of secondary school students, with some knowledge of SEN, and high expectations of all our children regardless of need.
  • Enthusiasm, commitment and resilience.


Desirable:   BSL Level 2 or above.

Desirable:  Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf Learners.

Essential:   Maths and English GCSEs at Grade C or equivalent

What we offer:

  • A small and vibrant team who offer a supportive induction programme.
  • Ongoing support through team meetings and professional development days.
  • High expectations for all members of the school community.
  • Supportive staff within the school and amongst the Trust.
  • Benenden Healthcare membership

Closing date for applications:  9am on Monday 5th October 2020

Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found

Letters of application, together with completed application form (available on the school website) giving full details of qualifications and experience to date should be sent to:

Mr P Jackson, Headteacher, Thomas Aveling School,

Arethusa Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 2UW

or emailed to

The Thomas Aveling School is an Equal Opportunities Employer – committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students – any offer of appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check will be required for all successful applicants.

97% of staff in a recent Staff Survey 2019 said that they are made to feel welcome

at Thomas Aveling and that behaviour in the school is good