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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    25 June 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    17 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£26,873.00 - £26,873.00 Annually (FTE)

Pastoral Manager (including PSA responsibilities) job summary

Hours of work: 30 hours a week (exact hours to be discussed at interview)

A bit about us:

River Mead School is a proud member of EQUA Mead Learning Trust. Our family of like-minded schools collaborate to provide mutual support, share best practice and learn from each other, whilst retaining and developing each school’s distinctive character. We believe all children and young people have the right to a great education and we seek to improve the life chances of all those we serve; it is our mission to give Every Child, Every Chance of success. Across our Trust, we want our children and young people to be inspired by their learning, and to instil in them a motivation and aspiration to succeed in all they do. Our schools are highly inclusive, and we are proud to have high expectations of our children and young people, encouraging and preparing them to do their very best in their learning both within the curriculum and beyond.

River Mead School is a single entry primary and nursery school with approximately 250 children on roll.

37 children are educated within the Complex Needs Resource Base, and 34 are in the nursery. The proportion of children living with disadvantage and eligible for pupil premium funding is well above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school is at the heart of its community and takes the pastoral care of its children and families as seriously as it does their educational needs.

The staff pride themselves on the holistic support they offer the children; there are a number of children who receive support from social services and staff recognise that it is only when children feel safe and secure that they are able to learn at their best. Within the school, everyone embraces the ‘River Mead family’ ethic, where the mutual respect for all members of the school community is very evident.

Inclusion is the beating heart of our organisation, and we cherish it in our staff just like we do in our children. We are committed to creating a workforce that is reflective of our communities and welcome applications from anyone with the skills and experience to do the role they are applying to, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic. 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:

  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • Dedicated weekly planning time which Teaching Assistants are paid to attend
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College and National Online Safety training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance when they need it most
  • A clear, comprehensive induction process

All about the role:

This newly-created role within the school’s safeguarding team will give the post holder the opportunity to work across our school community, but particularly with our vulnerable learners. The main purpose of the role is to assist in the support and inclusion of children by building and maintaining good links with their families and outside agencies. Duties will include:

  • Responding to safeguarding and child protection concerns
  • Leading on Early Support Assessments to support families
  • Attend Child in Need or Child Protection meetings where needed
  • Arranging and running drop-in sessions for parents/carers
  • Providing signposting and support on issues such as domestic violence, bereavement, dealing with behaviour, and health/medical needs
  • Acting as an advocate for parents/carers
  • Assisting in the organisation of events such as parent consultation evenings and forum meetings for parents
  • Supporting parents/carers to access other services and signposting them to other services as required
  • Sharing information with parents/carers and other agencies whilst maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality
  • Liaising with outside agencies and other professionals regarding children and acting as the lead professional in a multi-agency setting e.g. social care, CAMHS, health visitors, GPs, police
  • Writing behaviour plans for individual children and overseeing the implementation of these
  • Monitoring and organising provision for children accessing alternative curriculum (or provision) and part time timetables
  • Co-ordinating support for children with social, emotional and mental health needs, either long or short term, and making links with sources of support as appropriate
  • Contributing to the development of school policies on pastoral care and behaviour management
  • Working with the Senior Leadership Team to develop strategies and policies for the development of the pastoral programme within the school

The post holder will be a key member of the school team and will need to work effectively with Senior Leaders, the wider safeguarding team, as well as the teaching team and colleagues across the Trust. To be successful, we are looking for someone who:

  • Holds a pastoral qualification - either ELSA or Thrive (or willing to train)
  • Is a qualified DSL/DDSL (or is willing to train)
  • Is dedicated to providing Every Child, Every Chance – every day
  • Has experience of working with vulnerable learners and a deep understanding of the issues involved in pastoral support and safeguarding
  • Can use creativity and initiative to solve problems
  • Has excellent communication skills to work with children and to liaise with a wide range of staff and professionals
  • Is able to resolve conflict and deal sensitively with difficult situations

They will also have a good standard of practical knowledge and skills in:

  • Team working around vulnerable children
  • Supporting children
  • Building relationships with parents and a range of professionals
  • Learning support techniques
  • Managing children’s behaviour, and the ability to share and model this to support parents/carers

They will ideally hold Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning (or equivalent), although this is not essential.

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. We will only submit a DBS application to the relevant disclosure service when a position is accepted.

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. We follow Safer Recruitment procedures and all interviews, regardless of role, will include questions about approaches to safeguarding. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on our website and follows all guidance in the most recent Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-guidance-on-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act-1974

Commitment to safeguarding

This role involves contact with children. The post-holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and subject to an Enhanced DBS check before appointment is confirmed. We submit DBS applications upon position acceptance. We follow Safer Recruitment procedures. Interviews include safeguarding questions. Our Safeguarding Policy is on our website.

Posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013/2020) provide certain spent convictions/cautions are ‘protected’. These are not subject to disclosure and cannot be taken into account. Guidance is on the Ministry of Justice website.

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About River Mead School

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
247 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

We strive to ensure that the school is the centre of our community and with the support of an excellent staff team we do our utmost to develop children into respectful, well-mannered individuals with a passion for learning. The school environment should provide every child with the very best opportunities available, to achieve their potential both academically and in their wider skills; our children are happy, polite and enthusiastic learners. In 2019 OFSTED recognised this passion for excellence stating “River Mead is a nurturing haven of aspiration. Pupils feel safe to make mistakes and are eager to learn from them. They demonstrate pride in their learning and show an appetite to learn”. Working as part of The Mead Trust, we are very proud to be part of a forward-thinking and creative family of schools. These close, supportive links and a shared vision of shaping inspirational learning for all, help enable our school to strive for excellence in all we do.

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