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Resource Base Teaching Assistant

(Job Reference CM/RBTA)




Castle Mead School

Closing date:

9.00am on Friday 6th March 2020

Interview date:

To be confirmed

Teaching Assistant 28.5 hours per week + MDSA – 2.5 hours per week


Grade D £18,426 – Grade E £19,945 pro rata (39 weeks plus holiday)

Role overview:

Castle Mead School is part of The Mead Academy Trust. It is a an exciting and rewarding place to work. We are still expanding and will be two form entry across the school when full. We currently have two classes in Key Stage 1 and Year 3, with single classes in Years 4 to 6. Our Resource Base provides specialist support for children with a range of complex needs. The school also has an onsite nursery.

We offer an exceptional learning environment, with hall, library, and outstanding resources. The building also offers a music and technology room, and group rooms. There are extensive grounds and protected play spaces which continue to be developed and provide a fantastic outdoor space. We grow our own produce and have chickens, guinea pigs and a Pets as Therapy dog.

As part of The Mead Academy Trust we have close links with the Mead Teaching School providing numerous opportunities for exceptional professional development.
We believe that children only get one chance to experience childhood and that they have an absolute right to the highest quality of education.

We are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant initially to work within the Resource Base at Castle Mead School. A knowledge of working with children with complex needs is desirable.

We are looking for someone who would be excited about joining our passionate and motivated team. We value people who are committed to working collaboratively and to providing the best possible education for our children.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a track record of shaping practice around the following principles;
 Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
 Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
 Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
 There is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
 Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates
We are seeking applicants who are/have:
 Passionate about improving learning opportunities for children with complex needs
 Experience of creating and delivering highly bespoke curriculums and skilled at using a range of strategies for complex needs including ASD
 An experienced Teaching Assistant with SEN knowledge and practise evidenced within an educational environment
 A strong motivation to support children with additional and complex needs
 Flexible, with a strong commitment to teamwork
 Energetic and enthusiastic with a good sense of humour
 Committed to ongoing professional development
 Able to support teachers’ liaison and meetings with professionals
 NVQ Level 2 in Teaching and Learning or higher
Ideally the successful candidate will have:
 Experience and interest in successfully working with children with complex needs and within a specialist learning environment.
 Other relevant qualifications relating to Teaching and Learning and supporting children with complex needs.
 We would welcome applications from graduates.

The Job Reference for this post is CM/RBTA.

About the Mead Academy Trust