We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Teaching Assistant to join the Castle Mead team. Whether you are an experienced Teaching Assistant looking for a new challenge, or someone early in their career looking for the next step, this post will be rewarding and fulfilling. If you are passionate about providing Inspirational Learning for All children, and ready to support all of our learners to flourish, we would love to hear from you.
We are looking for applicants who are kind, curious and courageous. You’ll be committed to valuing and supporting the development of each child and be a strong team player. To really succeed in this role, you will need to be flexible and energetic, with a great sense of humour. You’ll have meeting children’s needs at the heart of everything you do and be prepared to work collaboratively with the wider school team.
We pride ourselves on our comprehensive induction process and delivering ongoing professional development to all of our staff. We will give full training to the right person, as we believe strongly that it’s much more about attitude and approach than it is about experience. As a result, we welcome applications from people who are passionate about working with children, no matter what their background is. The role will involve:
- W orking with groups of individuals within all curricular areas under the direction of the teacher, to develop the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills of the children
- Assisting with learning activities to develop children’s knowledge through support and encouragement
- Preparing activities, ensuring that appropriate materials/equipment are available, and assisting in clearing away afterwards
- Supporting the preparation and adaptation of teaching aids, games, and worksheets as directed
- Meeting pupils’ pastoral needs for praise, comfort, encouragement, reassurance and care
- Taking responsibility for the welfare and hygiene of pupils
Ideally, you will have a Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning, and be trained in First Aid, or willing to undertake training.
As well as your core Teaching Assistant responsibilities, you will act as a Midday Supervisory Assistant (M DSA ) , supporting children in the hall to have a calm and enjoyable lunchtime or be based on the playground supporting children with engaging in the varied lunchtime activities.
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 in all of our schools
- A highly organised and very supportive team
- Dedicated weekly planning time which Teaching Assistants are paid to attend
- H igh 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
T he Mead Trust is made up of three primary schools in Wiltshire: The Mead School and Castle Mead School in Trowbridge and River Mead School in Melksham. All three schools are graded as Good by Ofsted. The schools are individual learning communities, and their differences are valued. The Trust is an organisation characterised by optimism, excellence and creativity. We love to share good practice and to learn from, and challenge, each other. We have a clear focus on continuous improvement to ensure that all of our children achieve the best possible outcomes in all areas of school life.
Hours of work: 8 . 45am - 3.15pm (Monday to Friday) plus 3.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday for planning , 39 weeks a year (term-time plus 5 INSET Days)
Contract type: Permanent
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. 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. 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. Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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.
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