Clarus Aspirations

Clarus Aspirations is a two-pronged talent attraction initiative, developed by our team with schools and graduates in mind.

Whether you have aspirations to train as Teacher (Primary or Secondary) – ATP or have your sights set on Psychology and Special Needs; our school-based Teaching / Learning Support Assistant positions will provide you with invaluable classroom exposure and experience for the entire academic year.

Clarus Education and our Aspirations initiative is built around quality and consistency; aimed at attracting graduates with genuine aspirations within education.

Speak to one of our fantastic consultants today. The main contact number for London is 0203 805 3430 and 0161 509 9557 for Manchester.

Aspiring Teacher Programme

  • Fully funded teacher training
  • Partnered with two excellent Islington based primary schools
  • Recruiting NOW!

As part of our Clarus Aspirations initiative, we have partnered up with two primary schools in Islington, to recruit the next generation of fantastic primary teachers.

The Aspiring Teacher Programme (ATP) is a unique programme and provides the opportunity for a graduate to learn, develop and train as a primary school teacher – debt free!

If successful, you will begin your journey, testing the waters and developing your skillset as a graduate teaching assistant before embarking upon Stage 2 – your Teacher Training.

From day one, until you complete your fast tracked NQT induction you will be paid a salary as well as your tuition fees being paid for.

If you have your sights set on training to become a primary teacher, get in touch todaywe are recruiting now!

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Teaching Assistant / Learning Support Assistant

The role of a teaching assistant has developed over the years, placing more importance and emphasis on their responsibilities and impact. Being one our Clarus Aspirations graduate teaching assistants is a testing yet rewarding position and responsibility supporting pupils in and out of class, working 1:1 / 2:1 and in small groups.

Clarus Education work in partnership with primary and secondary schools across London to recruit the very best teaching assistants for pupils across the key stages and of all abilities that require academic support, from those of lower ability through to the gifted and talented.

All our positions are long-term and traditionally last the entire academic year. As an aspiring teacher, you will witness and experience the varied classroom dynamics that will assist and hopefully support you in your own professional development ahead of a PGCE, SCITT or Schools Direct.

Primary Teaching Assistant

Primary education is divided into the following three phases aged 3 to 11 years. Ahead of applying for a primary teaching assistant position, gain an understanding of which phase you would feel best suited:

  • Early Years Phase – Nursery & Reception Classes (Aged 3 – 5yrs)
  • Key Stage 1 Phase – Year 1 & 2 Classes (Aged 5 – 7yrs)
  • Key Stage 2 Phase – Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 Classes (Aged 7 – 11yrs)

Your approach should be positive and full of enthusiasm. A primary teaching assistant requires creativity, initiative and a proactive approach, with strength and confidence in your academic ability.

London schools are very diverse and becoming increasingly more inclusive. You will be dedicated to one particular class that’s required to support all pupils, adapting to and supporting all individual needs.

Secondary Teaching Assistant

Secondary schools can deploy their teaching assistants in either a broad, more general capacity or dedicated to a specific department, determined by your subject strength and degree.

The traditionally known ‘core subjects’ are Maths, Science and English. More recently, schools have placed greater interest in the humanities subjects and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).

  • Key Stage 3 – Years 7 – 9 (Aged 11 – 14yrs)
  • Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11 (Aged 14 – 16yrs) – GCSE
  • Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13 (Aged 16 – 19yrs) – A-Level

The aim of general teaching assistants will be to mainly support across Key Stage 3 & 4. Subject specific teaching assistants will support a subject across Key Stage 3, 4 & 5. All teaching assistants will need to have a strong academic background, supported by confidence and a genuine interest in education and learning.

Learning Support Assistants (SEN)

There are a broad range of needs within education that are supported by Learning Support Assistants, which include:

  • Autism (ASD) and Asperger’s
  • ADHD and challenging behaviour
  • Speech, language and communication needs
  • PMLD (Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties)

All graduate LSA’s we look to recruit for our schools have a particular interest in special needs (SEN); often looking to secure an LSA role on a long-term basis, with a handful of possible careers in mind:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Psychology & Psychotherapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Counselling
  • SEN Teaching

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  • 5 star review  I graduated with a 2.1 in Childhood studies and have always aspired to become a primary school teacher! I wanted to pursue my career in teaching however lacked practical experience. Despite this, Clarus Education were able to locate a job in a primary school that is absolutely amazing ! I am especially grateful to George Mair who has gone above and beyond to ensure that I was fully prepared in attending the school. Thank you once again !

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  • 5 star review  I had the pleasure of dealing with Ryan from Clarus Education when looking for a new job and I cannot speak highly enough of the experience as a whole. Ryan's attitude was fantastic throughout and he did his utmost to chase leads on my behalf and keep me up to date throughout the whole process, quickly finding me a school that was a perfect fit for what I was looking for. I highly recommend Clarus, and Ryan, to anyone looking for a role in the education sector.

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  • positive review  Can not thank Shevonnae enough for her help and support in the search for a teaching position. She has been patient and understanding from the offset and completely understood everything I wanted in a school. She has been kind and warm throughout and gave me lots of advice and support in any aspect I was struggling with. I would highly recommend Clarus when searching for a teaching position.

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  • 5 star review  After graduating from university and considering different routes into teaching I was recommended to contact Clarus Education through a good friend of mine. Upon contacting Clarus I highlighted my needs and was pointed immediately in the right direction to Danny who works within schools in my area. After being in contact with him for no longer than a day, he had already organised an interview for me, for a school he felt suited my interests, needs and aspirations for a school I wanted to work in. The following day after repeated silly emails of myself panicking and Danny being so relaxed and provided excellent advice, I was offered a job and guaranteed to start my teacher training, all organised and accepted within 48 hours!!!! I cannot thank Clarus enough for their professionalism, kindness and considerations into what was the right direction for me. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to get into teaching whether it's teacher training, NQT or a leading role.

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