Phonics Teaching Assistant

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy

  • £19,514 - £20,445
  • Permanent
Posted 2 weeks ago

Teaching Assistant (Phonics)

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy


Deadline: Monday 3rd June 4pm

Location: Ark Ayrton Primary Academy

Salary: Ark Scale 3: Pay Points 2-5

Actual – £19,514-£20,445

(£22,433-£23,500 FTE)

Hours: 35.5 hours per week – Term Time Only

Start date: September 2024

Do you have a passion for working with children in a school environment? Do you want to join a fast growing organisation with excellent opportunities for development and professional growth? Then we have a great opportunity for you to join a vibrant Ark academy in Portsmouth.


About the role


As a Phonics Teaching Assistant, you will support pupils to develop their early reading skills through Read Write Inc phonics. You will work closely with staff to develop the teaching of phonics. You will track and assess progress in phonics and work with children in small groups and 1 to 1 to ensure progress is made.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to be a member of staff at a flourishing academy, and help make a real difference to the lives of its pupils.


Our ideal candidates will:

·         Hold Mathematics and English GCE to Grade C or above

·         Have experience of phonics and reading in EYFS and KS1 and experience of working with children with SEN


View the full job description and person specification here.


About our school:

Ark Ayrton are a two form entry primary school and nursery, situated in the heart of Portsmouth, close to the sea. We have high expectations of our children and for our children of what they can achieve. Our priorities are to ensure all children are here, safe, happy and learning well at all times.


This means we also have high expectations of ourselves, our parents and carers and the other people who work with us in improving outcomes for our children. We work closely with our partners and challenge each other openly and honestly to be sure we never lose sight of the vision and the job to be done in achieving excellence for all.


We have a strong and dedicated staff team at Ayrton – all ready to provide the best education and environment for the children to thrive in every day. We have a bespoke ‘Horizons’ Curriculum, written by us for our children and we are passionate and relentless in ensuring that there is something for everyone ay Ark Ayrton.


Find out more about us by visiting    


We offer:

·         Support and challenge to develop you further

·         Salaries 2.5% higher than main pay scale.

·         Twice as many training days as standard and comprehensive CPD.

·         Generous pension scheme.

·         Access to Ark rewards – a scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers

·         Interest-free loans – up to £5,000 available for season ticket or to buy a bicycle.

·         Gym discounts – offering up to 40%.

·         Access to Employee Assistance Programme – providing free, confidential counselling, legal advice and a range of different support.


Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer.


How to apply:

Please visit and submit your application by 4pm on Monday 3rd June.

Please note we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response. Early application is strongly advised.


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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 which will include questions about safeguarding. 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. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.


Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link


We aim to build a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone – staff and students – can do their best work and achieve their full potential. We want to reflect and represent diverse perspectives across our organisation because we know that doing so will make us stronger and more effective. To know more about Ark’s diversity and inclusion commitments, please click on this link.








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