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  • Start date details

    Immediate Start

  • Closing date

    28 September 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    19 September 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£14,309.00 - £14,569.00 Annually (Actual)

Teaching Assistant job summary

Teaching assistants at The Meads work alongside class teachers and/or Inclusion Manager to provide carefully targeted support to individuals and small groups, through the use of structured intervention programmes and in-class support.

 The successful candidate(s) will:

  • Work alongside the teacher to create an effective environment for maximising pupil progress and learning;
  • Use initiative and take responsibility for leading the learning of individuals and groups;
  • Explain things to pupils clearly and concisely, adapting key messages to individual learning needs including: literacy, language and communication skills;
  • Confidently give feedback to pupils during the learning activity to encourage their participation and development of skills for independent learning;
  • Model and reward good and courteous behaviour in accordance with the school’s Values and Behaviour Policy;
  • Reinforce the values of good behaviour for learning in support of the teacher’s aims for the lesson, as well as at breaks and lunch times;
  • Work constructively with the teacher to differentiate appropriately between the relative strengths of pupils so that they can be supported effectively;
  • Be adaptable and flexible to the needs of the school and its pupils.

As a teaching assistant you will take on tasks that allow the teacher to concentrate on teaching (eg, by preparing the classroom for lessons and clearing up afterwards). You will also cover the lunch duty for a class within the year group you are allocated to.

The successful candidate will be committed to our values and encourage our hard-working, polite children to achieve and behave at the very highest levels.

Please refer to the attached application pack for further information and use the Job Description / Person Specification to aid you in your supporting statement. Relevant qualifications and training are an advantage but not essential.

Visits to the school are very welcome and highly encouraged; In the meantime, please visit our website –  www.meads.luton.sch.uk – to find out more about us. Please call our HR and Finance Assistant , Miss McBride, on 01582 490905 or email finance@themeads.primaryluton.co.uk to arrange a visit.

You will be notified, via My New Term, as soon as possible after, if you have been shortlisted for the post. 


Please note that if you are shortlisted for this role, or an alternative role, an online name search will be undertaken, as per Keeping Children Safe in Education.  The purpose of thesearch is to help identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, which the school or college might want to explore with you at interview.  Further information on how online searches will be undertaken can be found in our schools Recruitment and Selection Policy.

Applicants for this public-facing post will need to demonstrate the ability to converse, and provide effective help or advice, fluently in spoken English.

CVs will not be accepted for any posts based in schools. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff 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.

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About The Meads Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
536 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Part of the Luton First Teaching Alliance, The Meads Primary School is a friendly, Values-based School, situated in the Limbury Mead area of the vibrant and diverse town of Luton, with a strong, nurturing ethos. Rated ‘good’ in all areas by OFSTED in 2018, we have been awarded several accolades over the years, including Quality Lead Status for our work in raising the achievement and aspiration of all pupils by Achievement for All, and the prestigious Values Education Mark, recognising the excellent work of the school in promoting and engendering positive values in our children and across our curriculum. Most recently we achieved a Gold rating from Modeshift stars for our work in promoting sustainable travel to and from school and have been accredited with the Primary Science Quality Mark for our work in developing science across the school.
We encourage children and staff to develop a ‘growth mindset’ when it comes to their potential to ‘build their brains’ and be the best they can be.

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