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Borrow Wood Primary School – Part of Odyssey Collaborative Trust

Job vacancy details for

  1. Teaching Assistant supporting SEND children in EYFS/KS1

Age Range:

3yrs  – 11yrs,  340 on roll including nursery

Starting date:

1st September 2022


Level 1  Grade C

Point 5 £19,994 – Point 6 £20,393 (pro-rota)


32.5 hours per week (Term time only) + 1 week to attend meetings, parents evenings and some additional duties

Contract Type:

Temporary for one year

Application closing date:

Wednesday 6th July 2022 by 12.00pm noon

Interview date:

Tuesday 12th July 2022

Summary Description

Borrow Wood Primary School is part of the Odyssey Collaborative Trust (OCT). OCT is a local Derby City trust currently consisting of 7 schools. The trust was formed in March 2019 by the head teachers of the 6 founding schools, who share a strong ethical vision based on retaining the identity and ethos of each individual school, whilst working together to promote and maximize opportunities to provide the best possible education for all children across the Trust.

Therefore, we are not managed and controlled remotely by a large Multi-Academy Trust. Nor do we have a corporate image.  We are proud of being Borrow Wood Primary School with our own individual ethos of:


  • Challenge…   where we have a go, make mistakes and try again.
  • Honesty…      where we always tell the truth.
  • Ownership… where we take responsibility for our behaviours, learning and environment.
  • Inclusive…     where we accept and respect everyone.
  • Care…            where we look after ourselves and others.
  • Excellence… where we bring out the best in ourselves.

This is a very exciting time to join Borrow Wood and become part of The Odyssey Collaborative Trust journey to excellence.

We are, therefore, looking to appoint a teaching assistant, who is committed, dedicated, determined and resilient - an individual who is knowledgeable about learning and skilled at bringing out the best in all our learners so that they become confident, resourceful and well educated members of our society.

You will need to:

  1. Manage time effectively and respond flexibly to the needs of the children.
  2. Implement learning strategies to support children’s development and progress.
  3. Report information and evidence back to the class teacher so that planning next steps is accurate.
  4. Respond calmly and constructively when dealing with children with SEND.
  5. Be an effective team player.
  6. Learn and use a range of strategies to deal with classroom and individual behaviour.
  7. Believe that ALL children should be the best they can be


In return, we provide the opportunity to work with polite and well-mannered children, who have positive attitudes to their learning and want to do well; and to be part of a staffing team that plans together and supports one another.

We also encourage our staff to be open minded to all learning opportunities for themselves and therefore place high value on CPD to keep our staff up to date with skills and knowledge. 

Borrow Wood 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.  As this post is regulated activity, successful appointments are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and relevant recruitment checks that comply with guidance in the most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education.  We are committed to equality of opportunity in employment and services.  Borrow Wood Primary School is part of the Odyssey Collaborative Trust


We strongly encourage visits to school, which can be arranged by contacting, the School Business Manager, Mrs Nicola Molloy, on 01332 662826.

Please complete an Odyssey Collaborative Trust Application Form, which is available below as a download or contact school for an application pack and email the application, together with a covering letter/personal statement addressing person specification and the 7 points above to

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 6th July 2022 by 12.00pm noon

INTERVIEWS:  Tuesday 12th July 2022