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Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA)
Permanent Contract (subject to a six-month probationary period)
Required as soon as possible
Salary – Grade 1 (£9.25 per hour)
6 hours 40 minutes per week, 38 weeks per year, term time only.
This is broken down as 1 hour 20 minutes each day (12:00 – 13:20) Monday to Friday.
You will be required to attend some training sessions and/or meetings after school and on P.D. Days; for these occasions you would also claim additional hours.
There may also be opportunity for additional hours on an ad-hoc basis as a Relief Learning Support Assistant (Casual Contract).
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and well-motivated person with a warm personality, to join the team at our all age special school. You will be working with pupils with a wide range of complex needs including Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autism (ASD). The age range is 2 ½ to 19 years.
You may have skills already, or be keen to develop skills, in working with pupils with complex needs, including Autism. You will be expected to be very flexible and must have a truly positive approach to the strategies used to develop practice in schools and settings for our pupils.
Midday Supervisory Assistants work as part of the staff team under the direction of class teachers and may be required to work with pupils of any age and ability. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work co-operatively and to develop positive relationships are essential for this role.
Midday Supervisory Assistants need to be enthusiastic in supporting pupils to develop eating and play skills. Emotional and physical resilience, the ability to stay calm in challenging situations, patience and a good sense of humour are all very important.
Hillside is a very successful school that places the pupils at the heart of everything. We have been consistently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted since 2006.
The staff are friendly and supportive and as a school, we are passionate about equality and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities, which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.
Pupils on Roll: 88
We actively encourage applicants to see our school in action (in line with COVID-19 guidelines) before applying for vacancies. If this post is of interest to you and you would like to know more, please contact us, via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org including your full name and ‘MDSA Vacancy’ in the subject line. Please also include your phone number in the body of your email and we will arrange a mutually convenient time to visit.
If you think you have the qualities to fulfil this role and you want to make a real contribution to our school, we would welcome an application from you. All applications must be made on an official application form. Please send your completed application form to email@example.com or in the post to Hillside Special School, Hitchcock Place, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1NN.
Closing date: To be confirmed
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the school.
MDSA & Relief LSA Application Form (Word document – please ensure you select ‘Enable Editing’ when downloading the document)
MDSA & Relief LSA Application Form (PDF Document)
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