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Parent Support Advisor with Teaching Assistant responsibilities

Job Reference CM/PSA



Castle Mead School

Closing date:

21 September 2021 at 9.00am

Interview date:

29 September 2021


Term time only. 37.5 hours per week, comprised of: 12 hours as PSA, 20.5 hours as TA and 2.5 as MDSA

Contract type:



G12-14 (£22,627 – £24,491) for PSA hours and D4 (£18,933) to E6 (£19,698) – for teaching assistant hours, both pro-rata

Start date:

 To be confirmed

Role overview:

    Castle Mead school is a vibrant, growing primary school in the heart of East Trowbridge. Rated ‘Good’ at its last Ofsted inspection, the school continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of Mrs Emma Larkham, with two form entry, an onsite Nursery and Complex Needs Resource Base.

    Mrs Larkham and her Senior Leadership Team wish to appoint a Parent Support Advisor with Teaching Assistant responsibilities, to join the dedicated, passionate team at Castle Mead School. We welcome applications from individuals who are already in a Parent Support Advisor role, and those who are experienced Teaching Assistants and ready to take the next step in their careers by stepping into a PSA position.

    The school would love to hear from candidates who are:

    • Able to work purposefully and collaboratively with children, young people and families 
    • Well organised and able to work co-operatively with other professionals, including schools, Children’s Services teams and voluntary sector organisations
    • Able to chair meetings effectively and follow up on agreed actions in a timely manner
    • Experienced in successfully reaching families and communities that are less likely to access services
    • Experienced in providing advice, information and guidance to all families within our school community
    • Passionate about improving learning opportunities for all children within a creative curriculum
    • Able to form positive relationships and foster the characteristics of effective learning
    • Committed to valuing and supporting the development of each child
    • Flexible, enthusiastic and energetic, with a strong commitment to teamwork
    • Trained in First Aid, or willing to undertake training
    • Confident in the use of IT, including Word, Smart boards and the internet
    • Able to communicate well both verbally and in writing with children and adults alike
    • Qualified in NVQ Level 2 in Teaching and Learning, or higher

    We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

    • An excellent working environment, with access to all the resources you will need to create exceptional learning opportunities
    • Opportunities to work and plan collaboratively with experienced colleagues from across The Trust
    • Warm, enthusiastic and friendly children who are keen to learn and deserve the best
    • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
    • A commitment to high quality professional development and career progression
    • A basic Zoom account
    • The opportunity to increase your skills and knowledge through a National College training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free, whenever you want them
    • A buddy for all of our new staff, who provide support for as long as is needed to help our starters become a part of the Mead family as quickly as possible
    • Access to a comprehensive staff portal, to make it quick and easy to get to everything you need in one place

    The Job Reference for this post is CM/PSA.

    Other information

    Unfortunately we are currently unable to support visits, but the Job Description on the right will give you a real ‘feel’ for our ethos, vision and values. If you’ve got questions after reading the document, please email us.
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