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Job Description

About the job

Assist teachers in their work as directed. Teaching assistants will be asked to assist with a range of tasks on a regular basis.

Job Scope:

Have the authority to supervise small groups of children or whole classes of children in an emergency situation, or when specifically requested to do so by the Principal or Senior Management Team. Teaching assistants are fully insured to supervise groups of children inside and outside the classrooms.

Internal & External Interactions:

Teachers, school staff and management, pupils, parents.

Key Accountabilities:

Embrace and encourage the ethos and standards of excellence as defined in the GEMS Core Values.

Assist the teacher with reading related activities.

Run small group activities inside or outside the classroom as directed by the teacher.

Prepare and tidy up classroom activities. Mount work displays and assist with preparation of displays.

Photocopy documents and assist with preparation of worksheets etc as requested.

Responsible for covering class for short periods of time in emergency situations.

Tidy and rearrange stock cupboards and distribute new stock.

Take children to toilet and change/clean them when necessary.

Develop familiarity with relevant aspects of the curriculum eg literacy,

numeracy and Phonetics.

Ensure the GEMS policies, procedures, and codes of conduct are followed at

all times.

Initiate effort and energy beyond the typical work day, where the tasks require additional commitment.

Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.

Ensure tact, confidentiality and discretion at all times. Maintain confidential information and ensure information pertaining to students and the school is not shared or discussed without the approval of the teacher or senior management team.

Perform other duties as requested by direct & dotted reporting line managers / supervisors.


Qualifications / knowledge:

Good level of general education especially in Maths and English.


Strong communication skills with excellent standard of written and spoken English. ICT skills desirable. Able to handle a range of tasks, work under pressure and relate well to children and colleagues.


Previous experience as a teaching assistant or working with children preferred.