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Specialist Nurture / SEMH Teaching Assistant

(Job Reference TMT/SEMHTA)




Castle Mead School / The Mead Primary School

Closing date:

9.00am on Monday 15th June 2020

Interview date:

Thursday 18th June and Friday 19th June 2020 (these will be held remotely)

Teaching Assistant: 28.5 hours per week
MDSA: 2.5 hours per week
39 weeks per year
8.45am – 3.15pm (Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm additional hour planning and preparation time with Class Teacher)


Grade D £18,426 –  Grade F  £20,344 pro rata depending on experience and qualifications

Role overview:

There are more than 1,200 very good reasons to join us! Our children only get one chance to experience childhood and they have an absolute right to the highest quality of education.

The Mead Academy Trust is made up of three primary schools in Wiltshire: The Mead Primary School and Castle Mead School in Trowbridge and River School in Melksham. We are proud that each of our three schools are graded as Good by Ofsted. The schools are individual learning communities, and their differences are valued. We strive to develop and protect their character within a supportive and collaborative environment so that each school, teacher and pupil can learn from each other.

All of our schools offer an exceptional learning environment with outstanding resources. We have specialist music rooms, group rooms, and extensive grounds / protected play areas which continue to be developed to provide fantastic outdoor spaces.

We are growing our school family, and want to appoint enthusiastic, skilled and committed Specialist Nurture/SEMH Teaching Assistants. The role will involve supporting children with barriers to learning who have a range of  SEMH needs and require a nurturing personalised provision.

We would love to hear from applicants who are:

  • Experienced in supporting children with SEMH needs
  • Proactive, understanding, empathic and patient
  • Committed to differentiating and adapting learning to suit the needs of individual children
  • Able to promote happiness, independence and an enjoyment of learning
  • Confident in using a range of de-escalation techniques to support children to regulate their emotions
  • Confident in using a range of behaviour management strategies
  • 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
  • Motivated to develop their skills to support highly effective learning
  • Flexible, with a strong commitment to teamwork
  • Energetic and enthusiastic with a good sense of humour
  • Confident in the use of basic IT including the use of Word, Smart boards and the internet

We offer all of our staff:

  • 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

The Job Reference for this post is TMT/SEMHTA

About the Mead Academy Trust