Job Vacancy: Learning Support Assistant (Full Time – 37hr/wk)

The successful candidate will join our progressive and rapidly improving Academy. In April 2017 Ofsted described Wingfield as a ‘Good’ in all categories. In 2016 the Academy was ranked in the top 6% of Secondary Schools in the UK and fourth when compared to similar Schools. We are particularly proud that one of our key strengths is the quality of our care, guidance and support for our learners, which reflects well on our inclusive ethos. We are striving hard to generate a culture of high aspiration, despite some key challenges. We were also pleased that it was recognised that the leadership and management of the Academy are ‘Good’ and that the behaviour and safety of our students are likewise positive and effective.

Learning Support Assistant (Full Time – 37 hours per week)

  •  Band C £17,173.00 to £17,391.00 (pro rota)
  • Required as soon as possible. Term Time Only. Temporary contract until 31st August 2019
  • Subject to a three month probationary period

We are looking to appoint a well-qualified, highly motivated individual and outstanding practitioner to support the Inclusion Faculty by leading small groups and support individual students at both KS3 and they will join a committed team of staff to further improve learning, teaching and student outcomes.

Have you:-

  • A genuine passion for raising standards and improving the life chances of all students.
  • A desire to develop your practice and contribute to the ethos and outcomes of a successful Faculty.
  • A working knowledge of the national curriculum and assessment to support student progress.

The Academy is seeking to develop and extend its Learning Support Assistants Team to support the attainment of students. Some understanding or experience of working with vulnerable youngsters and those with learning or behaviour difficulties would be helpful but is not essential as training will be given.

The role will involve working under the direct supervision of the Inclusion Leader and working closely with subject teachers, to help raise attainment, self-esteem and motivation.

The successful candidates should have GCSE Maths and Science grade C or above, good use of functional ICT, excellent communication skills and be confident to liaise with a team of professionals to support student learning.

Wingfield is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The post will require a DBS Disclosure check and references will be taken up prior to interview.

  • Closing Date: Monday 3rd September 2018 at 12 noon
  • Interview Date: Friday 7th September 2018
  • Application Form: here

Job Description

  • Role : Inclusion Faculty – Learning Support Assistant
  • Responsible to: SENCO Team/Subject Leader
  • Salary scale: Band C

The role of the LSA incorporates the following criteria for an LSA working within Wingfield’s Special Needs Department.

The successful candidate should have experience working with pupils at secondary level and subscribe to the Mission statement of “All students making at least Good progress”. The main role of the LSA is to impact positively on students’ learning and achievement. The LSA will facilitate individual/groups of pupils’ access to and progress in the curriculum, usually by assisting the pupils in class but sometimes in a withdrawal situation.

At all times, the responsibility for the pupils’ learning and the involvement of the LSA in supporting pupils learning within each subject where support has been allocated rests with the class teacher. The Special Needs Coordinator and Lead Teacher Learning Support work with both the LSA and subject teacher in an advisory capacity when necessary.

General Duties

  • To encourage and motivate pupils and to increase their self-esteem and independence.
  • Together with the subject teacher and learning support dept, to develop an understanding of pupils needs and methods of working, supporting with rewards, sanctions and individual learning and behaviour plans as required.
  • To adopt a general role of care for all pupils.
  • To support students for assessment purposes when appropriate.
  • To reinforce to the student subject matter delivered by the class teacher.
  • To reinforce, clarify spoken and written instructions.
  • Where appropriate, to work with pupils in the classroom or in a withdrawal situation,.
  • To develop pupils language, basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  • To act as a member of staff around the College and implement College policies.
  • To have a basic grasp of ICT and be prepared, with support and training, to monitor progress of students upon whom they focus.
  • To support the department in minor administrative tasks.

Additional Duties

  • To carry out duties under the direction and supervision of the SENCO, CTL for Inclusion, Subject Leader and the class teacher.
  • To be willing to adapt and be flexible in duties and approaches.
  • To attend meetings as required within terms of employment.
  • To help with the preparation of resources and equipment and other clerical duties as appropriate.
  • To attend inset sessions within College as required by terms of employment and further sessions for personal development at LSA discretion.

Procedures and Administration

  • To keep records of work undertaken with pupils and with the class teacher to identify progress achieved.
  • With training to access available data to monitor student progress and achievement.
  • To communicate and pass on information to the class teacher and SENCO.
  • With the subject teacher to understand and act upon aims, objectives and targets of both EHCP and Student Support Plans and to implement the Code of Practice.

Person Specification

Attributes Specification Priority Identified
Relevant Experience To have experience of relating to young people of secondary age, within a structured setting e.g. education/Youth work etc. A Application/Reference
Experience of students with SEN. B Reference/Interview
Qualification and Training To possess literacy and numeracy qualification at GCSE grade C or above. A Application/Reference/Interview
To be able to use some ICT e.g. simple word processing. A Application/Interview
Special Knowledge and Skills To have good oral communication skills. A Interview
Knowledge of issues that might present barriers to learning and social inclusion. B Application
Ability to work on own initiative if required. B Reference
Additional Factors Willingness to undertake a variety of tasks in the classroom as directed by teacher. A Reference/Interview
 Ability to support department with admin tasks. A Reference/Interview
Consistent attendance pattern in current post or correct use of systems in case of absence. A Reference
Commitment to equal opportunities. A Application/Interview