Vacancy: TA with MDSA & Breakfast Club Duties

The Mead Primary School
Job reference
Closing date
9.00am on 4 July 2023
Interview date
To be confirmed
Start date
1 September 2023
Contract type
Grade D – Grade E (£21,189 - £22,369) depending on skills and experience
7.45am - 3.15pm (Monday to Friday) plus 3.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday for planning, 39 weeks a year (term-time plus 5 INSET Days)
Hackett Place, Hilperton, Trowbridge BA14 7GN
Role overview
The Mead Primary School in Trowbridge is a wonderful school with a dedicated and motivated staff team. Our mission is to launch interests and ignite passions through inspirational learning for all, and the team works hard to ensure children’s experiences are the very best they can be. We want all of our schools to be places where:
• All children are happy and safe, motivated to reach their full potential and equipped to become resilient, independent learners
• Children are prepared to live responsibly and peacefully in the spirit of understanding, tolerance, equality and friendship
• Everyone’s achievements are maximised and celebrated
• Excellence is the expectation
• All individuals are valued

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Teaching Assistant to join The Mead team. Whether you are an experienced Teaching Assistant looking for a new challenge, or someone early in their career looking for the next step, this post will be rewarding and fulfilling. If you are passionate about providing Inspirational Learning for All children, and ready to support all of our learners to flourish, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for applicants who are kind, curious and courageous. You’ll be committed to valuing and supporting the development of each child and be a strong team player. To really succeed in this role, you will need to be flexible and energetic, with a great sense of humour. You’ll have meeting children’s needs at the heart of everything you do and be prepared to work collaboratively with the wider school team.

We pride ourselves on our comprehensive induction process and delivering ongoing professional development to all of our staff. We will give full training to the right person, as we believe strongly that it’s much more about attitude and approach than it is about experience. As a result, we welcome applications from people who are passionate about working with children, no matter what their background is. The role will involve:
• Working with groups of individuals within all curricular areas under the direction of the teacher, to develop the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills of the children
• Assisting with learning activities to develop children’s knowledge through support and encouragement
• Preparing activities, ensuring that appropriate materials/equipment are available, and assisting in clearing away afterwards
• Supporting the preparation and adaptation of teaching aids, games, and worksheets as directed
• Meeting pupils’ pastoral needs for praise, comfort, encouragement, reassurance and care
• Taking responsibility for the welfare and hygiene of pupils
• Ideally, you will have a Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning, and be trained in First Aid, or willing to undertake training.

As well as your core Teaching Assistant responsibilities, you will act as a Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA), supporting children in the hall to have a calm and enjoyable lunchtime, and enable the delivery of our Breakfast Club between 7.45am - 8.45am each day.

How to apply
Please refer to the Information Pack for details on how to apply for this role.

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:

  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College and National Online Safety account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
Information 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.

Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.

Child Protection Policy >
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