Science Technical Support Assistant Team leader

Required from January 2019.
Hours are 37 per week, Monday–Friday, term time including 1 inset day.
Local Government Scale E, spinal point range 18 £18,870 p.a. (pro-rata approximately £15,995 p.a.).
Closing date: 9th November 2018.


We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and efficient Science Technician Leader, to join the Science Department at the school.

There is a high demand for the service of the technician team and colleagues work closely together to ensure a high level of delivery for our teachers and pupils. The main part of this role will be based in the preparation rooms but at times pupils require support in the classroom so the role also entails supporting children to access the Science curriculum.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate an ability to lead and manage a team of colleagues in their varied roles in the department. We are keen to ensure that the team remains proactive in its role, as well as seek a candidate who is willing to further improve the service.The ability to act as a link between the technical team and the teaching department, as well as operate in a flexible manner and be approachable is essential.

The person we are seeking will:

  • carry out day to day management supervision and, where necessary, training of a team of Science (and other) Technical Support Assistants/Teaching Assistants (TSAs/TAs), including allocating new work as required;
  • ensure that appropriate safety checks are carried out in a timely manner on equipment such as Fume Cupboards, and regarding controlled substances such as Radioactive Materials.
  • support the Head of Science in the production of, and the monitoring and reconciliation of the Science Budget and bidding processes, and manage the purchasing of approved items within that budget taking account of value for money;
  • manage on a day to day basis a small Science Department Petty Cash Budget.
  • as required support the Inclusion Department by working with SEND and other students in class and at before and after school Homework Clubs;
  • work as part of a team to prepare, set up and tidy away experiments, equipment and materials (including learning materials) required for demonstrations and class practical work and to keep the science laboratories, prep-rooms, etc. maintained to a safe and appropriately stocked standard.
  • help to improve standards of learning and achievement for all students by working with teachers and other support staff in laboratories/classrooms to support learning, particularly (but not exclusively) over practical work;
  • demonstrate the use of specific laboratory or other specialist science equipment to whole classes or small groups of students, in liaison with the Head of Department or classroom teacher;
  • where necessary and in line with appropriate Health and Safety and COSHH regulations undertake routine maintenance and safety checks on equipment and materials to ensure that specialist pieces of science equipment are in good working order. An ability to fault-find, service, and repair electrical and other equipment would be an advantage, as would a sound knowledge to A2 level in Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

Little Heath School is a highly successful comprehensive school (1610 on roll, including 320 in the Sixth Form) situated in a pleasant semi-rural setting to the west of Reading, with good access to road and rail links. As a school, we pride ourselves on our strong Professional Development programme, believing that support staff need to be able to develop their own practice collaboratively with others.

For an application form and information pack please contact Emma Tedstone at Little Heath School on 0118 9427337 or recruitment@littleheath.org.uk   

Please address supporting letter of application to the Headteacher.

Closing date for applications: 9th November 2018.
Interviews will be held week commencing 12th November 2018.


Little Heath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Little Heath School Governing Body is an equal opportunities employer. Appointments are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks and the successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Further information can be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk

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