Pupil Support Assistant

  • Job Reference: 00002101-1
  • Date Posted: 6 July 2021
  • Recruiter: Severndale Academy
  • Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Education / Childcare
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Part Time

Job Description


Severndale Specialist Academy Vision:

Our children and young people are aged 2 ½ to 19 and have a range of learning difficulties.  These include moderate, severe, complex and profound learning difficulties, those with autism, complex medical conditions and physical and mobility difficulties.  A number of our young people present behavioural difficulties arising from their condition; many have communication difficulties.





Purpose of the Post:

While working under the instruction of the teaching staff and nominated teaching assistants, a Pupil Support Assistant will support the personal needs of pupils and to support the teacher in the management of pupils.  This will include the preparation and routine maintenance of resources / equipment.

A Midday Care Assistant will provide support for the play, welfare and feeding of an individual or small group of pupils.


Duties and Responsibilities will include:

Support for Pupils

  • Attend to pupils’ personal needs, and implement related personal programmes, including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters
  • Supervise and support pupils, ensuring their safety and access to learning
  • Establish constructive relationships with pupils and interact with them according to individual needs
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others, and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Encourage pupils to act independently as appropriate


    Support for the Teacher

  • Prepare the classroom as directed to support pupils in their lessons and to clear afterward -Assist with the display of pupil’s work
  • Ensure the timely and accurate preparation of routine equipment/materials as set out in instructions
  • Be aware of pupil problems / progress / achievements, and report to the teacher as agreed
  • Undertake pupil record keeping as directed for personal needs
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate
  • Provide routine clerical tasks e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money etc


    Support for the Curriculum

  • Support pupils in understanding instructions / routines
  • Support pupils in using basic ICT as directed
  • Prepare and maintain equipment / resources as directed by the teacher, and assist pupils in their use
  • Monitor and arrange the orderly and secure storage of stock and supplies


    Support for the School

  • Be aware of and comply with all 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 that pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the academy
  • Facilitate and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including lunchtimes


    Midday Care Assistant Responsibilities

  • Participate in play activities, whilst pupils are in recreation time
  • To feed pupils following plans and procedures where necessary
  • To provide intimate care for children under the direction of classroom staff
  • To be flexible and understanding within the working environment



  • Responsible to the Class Teacher, Department Lead, Assistant Principal and ultimately the Principal



    Benefits of the Post:

    Pupil Support Assistant:

  • The grade of the post is: Scale 2, Point 3 with a progression scale to Point 4.
  • 12.5 hours per week
  • Term Time plus 1 week per year


    Midday Care Assistant:

  • The grade of the post is Scale 2, capped at point 3
  • 7.5 hours per week
  • Term Time only


The above job description does not define in detail all of the duties and responsibilities of the post in question.  It may be necessary to re-evaluate areas of responsibility.  After due consideration and discussion areas may be amended in consultation with the Principal.