Hours: 31.25 hours per week, term time and INSETs.
Actual salary: £13,922-£14,201(NJC4-5; BG5)
Place of work: Initially based at Little Mead Primary Academy. However, all appointments are made to the Trust centrally
Contract: Temporary – linked to named child with SEND funding
Application closing date: Midday Tuesday 7th December
Application shortlisting: Thursday 9th December
Interviews: Monday 13th December
Start date: Tuesday 4th January
The Successful Candidate
Little Mead Primary Academy is looking to appoint an empathetic, nurturing, patient and flexible individual to join our team as a SEND Teaching Assistant. Compassion and empathy are essential.
The role is designed to predominately support the personal, social and emotional development of a child in Reception, who is developing his understanding of the EYFS early learning goals. The successful applicant will deliver specific interventions and an individualised curriculum, working under the direction of the class teacher and external agencies. The child requires support during unstructured times in the school day to successfully play games and maintain friendships.
Your daily routine will involve:
- Working 1-to-1 with a named child, enabling them to access all areas of the curriculum and work towards developmental milestones, as directed by the class teacher.
- Meeting and greeting the child at the beginning of the day.
- Handing over the child to the parent/carer at the end of each day, sharing successes and key information.
- Liaising and feeding back to the class teacher daily successes and areas for development.
- Delivering bespoke interventions 1:1 or in a small group such as Bucket Time.
- Providing personal, social, welfare, emotional and behavioural support.
- Facilitating social communication and interaction with peers both in the playground and in the classroom.
- Taking an active interest in the needs and welfare of the named child.
- Support the child’s sensory needs.
- Talking clearly and concisely to ensure instructions are understood and followed.
- Supporting with intimate care and changing.
- Working alongside teaching staff, parents and a range of professionals on a regular basis to implement and review programmes of intervention.
While this role is not specifically a teaching post, there will be elements of supporting children with their work as provided by their teacher. Accordingly, there is no requirement for a teaching and learning qualification, but experience within the education or social care sectors is essential. Please see the person specification for full expectations of the successful applicant.
Endeavour Academy Trust is an inclusive and collaborative group of schools in North Bristol. There are currently four Endeavour schools: Little Mead Primary Academy, Henbury Court Primary Academy, Fonthill Primary Academy and our newly-built primary school Charlton Wood Primary Academy.
This is an exciting time to work for Endeavour Academy Trust. We have committed to measured and sustainable growth, which will enable us to create a group of excellent schools with ambition for every child.
Our Offer to Staff
We invest heavily in the tailored professional development of our staff with opportunities to develop expertise and experience across the Trust. Our focus on collaboration means that everyone is part of a team. Within Endeavour, we develop our own teams. If you are ambitious and prepared to work hard we will support your career development and help you to be successful.
As proof of our commitment to staff retention and development, we offer enhanced terms and conditions of employment (compared to standard teacher/local authority entitlements), a friendly working environment with supportive leadership, and encourage our staff to maintain a positive work-life balance.
As a minimum, we offer the following benefits to all employees:
- Paid induction and training suited to the role;
- Tailored career progression through a performance management cycle for all staffing groups;
- free tea, coffee and milk;
- confidential access to an Employee Assistance Programme;
- free parking;
- use of the Cycle Scheme;
- paid completion of a DBS check;
- flu vaccination vouchers;
- free eye tests (where the employee is desk-based);
- where eligible, automatic enrolment to the relevant pension scheme;
- honouring of continuous service earned in the Local Authority;
Guidance for Applicants
Please note that CVs will not be considered.
Look carefully at the job description and person specification before applying for this role.
Ensure that you cross-reference the person specification throughout your application with examples of where you have fulfilled aspects of the job description and the impact it had
Please complete all sections of the application form as thoroughly as possible.
Ensure that you put details of referees. If you have concerns about the suitability of a referee, please contact the recruiter directly.
Little Mead Primary Academy is part of the Endeavour Academy Trust, which is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. You can find our Child Protection Policy on the trust's website:
We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.