Nurture Group Specialist Support Assistant (SEMH) vacancy at Thames Primary Academy and Nursery

Salary: £20,444.00 - £22,129.00
Job Type: Part Time
Contact Name: Jules Baldwin
Location: Blackpool
Closing Date: 26/05/2022 12:00

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: Officer
Interview Date: 08/06/2022
Start Date: 11/07/2022
Contracted Term: TTO Plus - Term time only plus weeks
Contracted Hours: 32.50
Contracted Weeks: 39.00
Department: SEMH Unit
Pay Grade: D
Scale Point: 7-11

Job Advert

Nurture Group Specialist Support Assistant (SEMH) (Permanent position)

Salary: Grade D, SP 7-11 £15359 - £16625 pro rata ( Full Time Equivalent £20,444-£22,129)

Hours of Work: 32.5 hours per week term time only + 5 INSET days

We are looking for the perfect person who has the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to join our school and support our new provision for a small group of learners who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.

There are places for up to 12 children in the Academy’s Nurture Unit provision, namely ‘The Nest’ - with all pupils having an Education, Health and Care plan, with SEMH as their primary need. Staffing in the unit will include one class teacher and four teaching support assistants and the unit is led by our Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion.

The Nest’s curriculum and environment has been carefully designed to ensure that children are fully supported in order to achieve and succeed; removing any barriers to learning in the hope that some may be able to reintegrate back into mainstream provision at Thames.

The curriculum is largely based on the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 and is differentiated accordingly to meet each child’s stage of development. The curriculum is underpinned by ‘The Six Principles Of Nurture’ which include:

  • Children's learning is understood developmentally.
  • The classroom offers a safe base.
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing.
  • Language is a vital means of communication.
  • All behaviour is communication.
  • The importance of transition in children's lives.

All pupils have access to ‘specialist support’ which includes outreach work from the Blackpool Schools’ Inclusion Team, Educational Psychology services, a Primary Mental Health worker and Speech and Language specialists.

Any interested candidates are welcome to contact the school to arrange a visit or ask any questions before applying.

At Thames, we can offer...

  • An exceptional working environment with excellent facilities and resources.
  • A hardworking, dedicated, friendly team of professionals who strive for excellence in everything they do.
  • High quality support and CPD and a wealth of development opportunities.
  • Fantastic children and supportive families who deserve the very best.

Thames Primary Academy and Nursery is delighted to have also recently joined the Achievement Through Collaboration (ATC) Multi-Academy Trust. All learners in our community will benefit from working in partnership with other schools to develop excellence across all areas.

The trusts policies, curriculum and decisions follow 3 core principles:

Children come first and are at the heart of all we do

Positive relationships underpin all of our work

High expectations and no barriers - everybody can achieve

Closing date: 26th May 2022 at 12 noon

Interviews: 8th June 2022

Read the job description and person specification carefully.

Complete the application form.

Ensure your supporting letter is concise (no more than 2 sides of A4 font size 12) and relates to the person specification.

If you have any queries regarding the post then you can email and he will be happy to talk to any interested applicants.

Welcome to Thames Primary Academy

Our Vision

At Thames, we take pride in developing outstanding teaching and learning by holding the highest expectations of all our pupils and knowing the children well. We challenge all children to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad, vibrant and enriched curriculum. Our students are given time to explore subjects and develop deep understanding. We celebrate perseverance, resilience and risk-taking, ensuring children welcome challenge and are not frightened to make mistakes.

We encourage children to take ownership of and responsibility for their learning, so they have the confidence and curiosity to ask questions, solve problems and respond to quality feedback. Children are praised for hard work, determination and having a positive attitude, in order to create an inclusive school where everyone can flourish, whatever their background.


We promote an ethos of respect and empathy, where diversity is valued and celebrated – both within the school and the wider world. Safeguarding and welfare are extremely important and pupils are taught the virtues of kindness, appreciation and what it means to be courageous. Special care is taken to educate everyone in the Thames community about the needs of others and how best to meet them. We foster open and honest communication with parents, carers and specialists and actively seek to engage with all members of our community in a positive and supportive manner.

High-quality teaching is a key priority at Thames and the relationship between staff and children underpins inspirational, supportive and effective teaching and learning. Staff are actively involved in identifying their support and training needs and this leads to careers with clear progression. We ensure that there is a wide range of quality training available and that staff are able to learn from each other and share good practice.

It is our aim for all children to leave Thames as independent learners with self-belief and abiding respect for others. We aim to instil a lifelong love for learning and a strong grounding for future success.

At Thames Primary Academy we strive to ensure our pupils enjoy the best possible education and we are continuously driving for improvement.

“Let Your Potential Soar”

At Thames we take the ‘whole child’ into account. We want our pupils to leave school with excellent subject knowledge and skills, but also to leave as caring, respectful, tolerant and enthusiastic learners, who are well-equipped to become good citizens.

We look forward to you visiting our school so that you can see us in action.

Mrs J Allison


File Attachments

File Name Description
Thames Primary Academy School Map Location (1).jpg Thames School Map Location
Ofsted Inspection 2018 - Good.PDF Ofstead Inspection 2018 - GOOD
SEMH Specialist SA.pdf Job Description
SEMH - Support Assistant Person Spec.pdf Person Specification
Thames Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Sept 2021.pdf Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Information

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references.

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.