Vacancy: Senior / Higher Level Teaching Assistant

River Mead School
Job reference
Closing date
9am on 24 June 2022
Interview date
To be confirmed
Start date
1 September 2022
Contract type
F9 to H17 dependent on qualifications, skills and experience (£11.02 to £12.92 per hour)
31 hours per week, plus 2.5 hours per week as an MDSA
Lowbourne, Melksham SN12 7ED
Role overview
We have a vacancy at River Mead School in Melksham for a Senior Teaching Assistant. You might already hold a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification, or you may be highly experienced and ready to take the next step in your career.

The successful candidate will join a strong friendly team, whose vision for children’s individual needs is at the heart of every aspect of school life – every child matters. The school is a single entry primary and nursery school with provision for 2 year olds upwards with an average NOR of 262. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is above the national average, as is the proportion of children who have special educational needs and / or disabilities. There is a 30-place Resource Base providing specialist provision for pupils with a range of complex needs at the school; these children spend time with their peers in mainstream classes when appropriate.

River Mead’s Teaching Assistant team is highly professional, experienced, and committed. The successful candidate will become a key leader within this close-knit team, and contribute to the life of the whole school. The role will involve:
• Supporting the leadership of the team of Teaching Assistants within the school, directing individuals as required
• Working with groups of individuals within all curricular areas, in a variety of tasks to develop the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills of the children
• Leading learning activities to develop children’s knowledge through support and encouragement
• Ensuring the preparation of activities is completed, so that appropriate materials / equipment are available
• Preparing and adapting teaching aids, games, worksheets etc
• Meeting pupils’ pastoral needs for praise, comfort, encouragement, reassurance and care

The role will be a good fit for you if you are:
• Inclusive, passionate, and principled. These are our Trust core principles, and everyone who works for us embodies these in their own unique way
• Highly experienced in working with primary school childrenM
• Able to support all children with their learning and development
• Happy to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative
• Experienced in leading a successful team of Teaching Assistants, directing others as required to ensure a high quality of provision for all children at all times

You will need to have the following skills to be really effective in this role:
• Trained in First Aid and Advanced Safeguarding, or willing to undertake training
• Able to communicate well both verbally and in writing with children and adults alike
• Qualified in NVQ Level 3 Teaching and Learning (essential)
• Qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (preferred)

How to apply
To apply for this role, you must send the following items to by the above closing date and time. Any applications that do not include all of this information will be incomplete and we won't be able to consider them:
1. A completed application form
2. A letter detailing any additional information
3. A video (no longer than 2 minutes) or a written explanation (no more than 500 words) describing the skills and experience needed to be an excellent Senior / Higher Level TA – and how you know you’ve got them
Other information
Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. If you would like to arrange this, please call the school office on 01225 703428.

Candidate Briefing Pack >

Application Form >

Equality & Diversity Form >

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. 

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’.  These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Child Protection Policy >

Code of Conduct >

What we offer

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:

  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • Dedicated weekly planning time which Teaching Assistants are paid to attend
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including A National College training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance whenever they need it