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Midday Supervisory Assistant (MSA) with 1-1 SEN TA Cover

Sapientia Education Trust

, NR15 1DJ

Job Description

Line Manager: Headteacher
Salary: Point 1 of the SET Support Staff Scale
- FTE: MSA £22,366 per annum
- FTE: 1-1 TA £23,114 per annum
- Pro-rata: MSA £3,934 TA £1,355 per annum, including an allowance for holiday pay

Seething and Mundham Primary School is looking to appoint a reliable individual as a Midday Supervisory Assistant (MSA) with 1-1 SEN TA Cover to join our successful and happy team.

This role is linked to one specific high needs child at the school and hence is fixed- term for the duration of their attendance. The appointed person does not need SEND experience to apply, although this would be desirable.

The MSA is responsible for supervising pupils under the direction of the Headteacher to ensure the safety and well-being of pupils. This includes the adherence with the school procedures whilst in play areas, the dining hall, classrooms or in transit between.

Seething and Mundham Primary School is a member of the Sapientia Education Trust (SET).

The school is committed to the professional development of all staff and provides a safe and supporting environment to work in.

On appointment, the successful candidate will be required to complete a six month probationary period.

The personal competencies expected of all school support staff are:
• The ability to communicate clearly and tactfully using appropriate methods and an awareness of the impact of your own communication on others;
• Able to maintain positive relationships with all and able to work as an effective and flexible part of a team; willing to change methods of work and routines to benefit the team;
• Willingness to accept responsibility for your own actions; the ability to prioritise effectively, meet deadlines and accept challenges.

The qualifications and previous experience required for the role are:
• Previous experience working with children, preferably primary school age, in a classroom or similar environment is desirable.

General Responsibilities:
The post holder will be required to comply with Seething and Mundham Primary School’s Code of Conduct for Staff and Volunteers.

Seething and Mundham Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post holder will have access to and be responsible for confidential information and documentation. They must ensure confidential or sensitive material is handled appropriately and accurately.

The post-holder shall participate in Seething and Mundham Primary School’s programme of Performance Management and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

A non-exhaustive list of specific responsibilities for the role is below and you will be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be required.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Supervise children in all areas of the school, including the dining room, play areas and classrooms as directed by the Headteacher in order to ensure the safety and good behaviour of the children;
• Supervise the children during the meal to ensure that a good atmosphere is maintained;
• Encourage good eating habits and assist younger children where necessary;
• Maintain good order at all times to ensure that school standards are adhered to;
• Assist generally in the dining area e.g. wiping up spillages to ensure a safe and ordered environment is maintained at all times;
• Supervise the movement of children to and from the dining room in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the pupils;
• Set up and clear away the tables and chairs in the dining room;
• Support children in their play;
• Follow the school procedures when dealing with poor behaviour or friendship difficulties;
• Inform the class teacher of significant issues which have arisen at lunchtime, recording any significant issues in the class record files or on special forms for particular children;
• Refer any concerns regarding the safeguarding of children to the designated person or alternate;
• Deal with first aid on the playground wherever possible or bring the child into the medical room to attend to if more severe. Complete the written record forms and pass onto the class teacher and office;
• Undertake other similar activities that may fall within the grade and scope of the post as directed by the Headteacher;
• To attend to the personal and social needs of pupils and any other special requirements depending on the nature of a pupil’s special needs and, wherever possible, making these part of the learning experience;
• Under agreed school procedures and in line with statutory guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions, to give first aid/medicine and accompany sick children home, or to a health centre or hospital as necessary, or assist with programmes of special care such as physiotherapy or speech therapy, under the direction of the appropriate specialist;
• Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities;
• Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/ Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes;
• Promote inclusion and acceptance of pupils while encouraging constructive relationships within the classroom and with parents;
• Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher;
• Assist with the planning of learning activities;
• Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans and assist with the display of pupils’ work;
• Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support pupils to achieve learning goals;
• Monitor pupils’ responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/progress as directed and provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, and problems;
• Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour;
• Administer routine tests, invigilate exams, undertake routine marking of pupils’ work and provide clerical/ admin support, e.g. photocopying, typing, filing and money;
• Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses, including undertaking literacy and numeracy programmes, recording achievement and progress and feeding back to the teacher;
• Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/relevant learning activity and assist pupils in their use, including supporting the use of ICT in learning activities and developing pupils’ competence in its use;
• Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person;
• Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop;
• Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required and participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required;
• Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher.

- Working weeks: Term- time only (normally 38 weeks)
- Hours per week: 10 hours
- Normal working pattern :11:30-12:30 pm 1:1 SEN TA 12:00-13:30 MSA Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
- Holidays: Holiday pay entitlement is included in the pro rata salary for the post and there is no entitlement to take holidays during term-time.
- CPD days: Your working hours do not include the automatic requirement to work of published CPD days, but you may be required to attend mandatory training and in these cases, the additional hours may be claimed on a timesheet. Overtime additional hours may be worked by mutual agreement with the Headteacher and claimed on a timesheet. Additional hours will be paid at the employee’s standard rate of pay.

Salary Details:
- Point 1 and Point 4 of the SET Support Staff Scale
- FTE: MSA £22,366 per annum
- FTE: 1-1 TA £23,114 per annum
- Pro- rata: MSA £3,934 per annum, including an allowance for holiday pay
- Pro-rata: TA £1,355 per annum, including an allowance for holiday pay

New post-holders will normally be appointed on the lower point of the salary scale, which will be reviewed on successful completion of the probationary period, depending on skills and experience.

Annual holiday entitlement for full-time Employees (52 weeks/year) is as follows:
Annual holiday entitlement for full-time support staff is 244 hours (including bank holidays), rising to 274 after 5 years’ service. Holiday entitlement is pro-rata for employees who work less than 52 weeks per year and/ or less than 37 hours per week.

The post-holder will be entitled to join Surlingham Primary School’s nominated pension scheme for support staff.

The post holder will be expected to wear appropriate business attire. All staff will be supplied with appropriate Staff ID. This must be worn at all times to ensure that students, staff and visitors are able to identify Seething and Mundham Primary School employees.

All staff must be prepared to undergo a number of checks to confirm their suitability to work with children and young people. The Trust reserves the right to withdraw offers of employment where checks or references are deemed to be unsatisfactory.

The Job Description will be reviewed annually as part of Seething and Mundham Primary School’s Performance Management programme.


£22,366 and £23,114 FTE


10 hours per week

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