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Learning Support Assistant (LSA) Role - Sept 2024

Job Description

Job Opportunity: Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

Job Title: Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
Salary: £20,348-£21,760 based on a 37.5 hour week
Hours: Full-time / Part-time Available (Term time)
Contract Type: Permanent
Reporting to: SENDCO
Responsible for: Supporting the education of students, particularly those with SEND.




Main Purpose

The Learning Support Assistant (LSA) will:

  • Work with teachers to enhance pupil learning and achievement.
  • Foster pupil independence, self-esteem, and social inclusion.
  • Support pupils, individually or in groups, to access the curriculum and succeed.



Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching and Learning:

  • Use strategies to support teachers and boost pupil achievement, especially for those with SEND.
  • Encourage inclusive participation in learning and extracurricular activities.
  • Apply behaviour management strategies in line with school policies.
  • Assist in maintaining discipline and a safe learning environment.
  • Organise and manage teaching spaces and resources.
  • Observe and report on pupil performance.
  • Supervise classes in the teacher's absence.
  • Use ICT skills to support learning.
  • Attend department and LSA meetings.
  • Undertake Access Arrangements as directed by SENDCO.

Planning:

  • Support assessment and planning by monitoring and reporting pupil progress.
  • Review and understand lesson plans in advance.
  • Prepare classrooms for lessons.
  • Plan and deliver interventions such as catch-up programmes.
  • Opportunities for additional paid lunchtime clubs.

Collaboration:

  • Communicate effectively with staff, pupils, and parents/carers under SENDCO direction.
  • Share knowledge of pupils with other school staff and relevant professionals.
  • Collaborate with teachers and colleagues, including specialist advisory teachers.
  • Develop effective professional relationships within and beyond the school.

Whole-School Contribution:

  • Contribute to school policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Positively impact the wider life and ethos of the school.

Health and Safety:

  • Promote pupil safety and well-being.
  • Safeguard pupils by adhering to Keeping Children Safe in Education and school child protection policies.
  • Support student well-being.

Professional Development:

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge and understanding through professional development.
  • Participate in the school's appraisal procedures.
  • Keep a folder of evidence for appraisals.

Conduct:

  • Uphold public trust in the education profession.
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethics and behaviour.
  • Respect the school's ethos, policies, and practices.
  • Exhibit positive attitudes, values, and behaviours.
  • Respect individual differences and cultural diversity.
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.



Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Maths.
  • Experience working with children.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with pupils and adults.
  • Understanding the needs of all pupils.
  • Adapt and deliver support to meet individual needs.
  • Relevant subject and curriculum knowledge.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Ability to remain calm under stress.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding children requirements.
  • Good ICT skills, particularly for learning support.
  • Understanding of classroom and school-wide roles and responsibilities.
  • Ability to lead learning activities.

Personal Qualities:

  • Enjoyment of working with children.
  • Sensitivity and understanding for building good relationships with pupils.
  • Commitment to achieving the best outcomes for all pupils.
  • Commitment to confidentiality and safeguarding.

Join us in making a positive impact on students' lives. Apply today to be part of our dedicated team!

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