Deadline is tomorrow

  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    23 April 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    28 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£5,741.00 - £5,741.00 Annually (Actual) Term time only (38 weeks per year)

Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA) job summary

The job

Our Midday Supervisory Assistants (MDSAs) play a vital role working alongside our class teams to support our amazing students to develop their self-help and independence skills over lunch time.

Staff usually work with individual students or small groups to assist them with eating their lunches, personal care, support on the playground and managing their behaviours.

Promoting good communication skills is a key element of the role; good spoken and written English skills are essential.

Some of our students require additional physical support with personal care and understanding how to regulate their emotions and behaviours.

MDSAs play a key role in ensuring that the students are safeguarded and their welfare promoted.


11.45am – 2.00pm, daily.

11.25 hours per week, term-time only


Actual salary £5,741

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 22nd April at midnight

Visits to the school

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the school to spend time in a classroom, prior to being selected for interview. These will take place the week commencing 29th April


Interviews will be held during the week beginning 6th May 2024

At Woodlands School we are committed to safeguarding our students and promoting their welfare.

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for an enhanced DBS check to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.


PLEASE REFER TO ATTACHED POLICIES - Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy - Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

Commitment to safeguarding

Woodlands Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children.

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About Woodlands Secondary School

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 18
School size
262 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Woodlands is a large secondary special school located in the north of Luton. Our mission statement is to 'Empower our young people to become successful adults.'

Our students have severe or profound learning difficulties, some have additional learning needs.

We have developed and refined our ambitious curriculum offer to meet the needs of the different cohorts of learners to ensure that learning is interesting, relevant and functional.

We have great facilities on site and aim to enrich learning by accessing the community and applying learning beyond the classroom.

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