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  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    4 December 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    16 November 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

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; they support with personal care and toileting  and they provide support on the playground and with managing their behaviours.

Promoting good communication skills is a key element of the role; good spoken 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 £5,176.

Working in a special school is a unique and privileged opportunity for the right person.  We advise interested parties to ensure they have watched our school video in order to get a flavour of our school.

Application form

When completing the letter of application, please ensure you address all the points in the essential column on the person specification.   The letter of application should not exceed 750 words. 

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 4th December at midday.


Interviews will be held  during the week beginning  11th December.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the school prior to the face to face interview. 

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to  the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring   Service.”

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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