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Teacher Assistant (Primary 3)

Erskine Stewarts Melville Schools
Closing date
8 Nov 2021

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We are seeking to appoint a Teacher Assistant (Primary 3) to join the ESMS Junior School on a temporary basis from November 2021 to 30 June 2022. ESMS staff are passionate, pioneering and strive for excellence in everything they do. We value the incredible contributions they make to school life, we invest in their careers and we support their ambitions so that they flourish professionally and personally.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children, and ideally experience of supporting teachers in the classroom environment. They will be able to multi-task and prioritise their own workload with good attention to detail. It is essential that the candidate is committed to the ESMS values and is a team player.

The positions are temporary and part time for 32.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday, 8.15am to 3.15pm with 30 minutes unpaid for lunch), during term time only. The salary range is £13,134 to £13,677 (pro rata), which is B6 to C8 of the ESMS Support Staff Salary Scales, and the salary appointment will be dependent upon relevant experience.

The successful candidate may also wish to consider the option of adding additional hours per week to support our Bus Club provision (Monday to Friday 3.30- 4.30pm).

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Thursday 4 November 2021.


Teacher Assistant (Primary 3)


The Teacher Assistant supports teaching staff within the classroom and with administration and supervises children in the playground.


The Teacher Assistant is accountable to the Primary 3 Year Group Leader for their day-to-day tasks.


The Teacher Assistant has authority as delegated by the Primary 3 Year Group Leader and the Assistant Head (Early Education).


The Teacher Assistant works closely with the other Teacher Assistants and with Class Teachers at Ravelston.


(a) Supporting Class Teachers

The Teacher Assistant supports individuals and groups of children within the classroom as directed by the Primary 3 Year Group Leader. The Teacher Assistant will also work with individual children as directed by the Support for Learning Department.

(b) Supervision

The Teacher Assistant supervises children in the lunch hall, in the playground and, in inclement weather, within the classroom, at breaks and at lunchtime.

(c) Pastoral Care

The Teacher Assistant has a shared responsibility with other Ravelston staff to help and support children by listening to the concerns they express to them and helping to answer their day-to-day inquiries.

(d) Other Tasks

The Teacher Assistant will undertake any other tasks as directed by the Primary 3 Year Group Leader or other members of management within the Junior School, which may be reasonably put to them in support of the Junior School's function.


The Teacher Assistant will have opportunities for Staff Development, including regular meetings with the Assistant Head (Early Education). The Teacher Assistant will be professionally reviewed.


·Kind and enthusiastic person who puts the interests of the children first

·Responsible and well organised

·Ability to multi-task and prioritise own workload with good attention to detail

·A good team player who relates well to others

·Demonstrates the values of the ESMS.


·Experience of working with children is essential

·Experience of supporting a teacher in a classroom is desirable

.An interest in child development is important

·A sense of humour is important.



This is a temporary opportunity available from November 2021 to 30 June 2022. The contract will be for term time only.

Hours of Work

The hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 8.15am to 3.15pm, with 30 minutes unpaid for lunch each day. The postholder will be contracted for a total of 32.5 hours per week.


The postholder will be based in The Junior School on the Ravelston site.


This is a term time only post, which takes into account a pro-rated entitlement to annual leave and statutory holidays to be paid as part of the monthly salary payment. No annual leave may be taken during term time.


Salary will reflect qualifications and relevant experience. The salary range is £13,134 to £13,677 (pro rata), which is B6 to C8 of the ESMS Support Staff Salary Scales. Salaries are reviewed annually on 1st April.


Candidates will be enrolled automatically into the Merchant Company Stakeholder Pension Scheme.

Staff Benefits

Staff are offered a range of benefits including: free school lunch during term time, use of the schools' swimming pool and fitness room outside school hours and membership of the ESMS Discount and Benefits Scheme, including a range of discounts at 130,000 retail and entertainment locations. Staff with children at the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools are entitled to a tuition fee discount of 50% from Nursery to Sixth Form.


Applicants must complete the Support Staff application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form to be considered for this position.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on 4 November 2021.
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