Bishop Fox's School
Learning Support Assistant
DEPARTMENT / FACULTY: Learning Support
REPORTS TO: SENCO / Head of Learning Support
SALARY: Grade 14, point 4 / Actual Salary £12,965.13
WORKING HOURS: 30.5 hours p/week
Monday – Friday (except Tuesday): 08:45 – 13:20 / 14:05 – 15:35
Tuesday: 08:45 – 13:20 / 14:05 – 15:40
WORKING WEEKS: Term Time only
- Less than 5 Years 38 + 5.1281 = Annual Leave + Stat Hol – Pro Rata’d
- More than 5 Years 38 + 5.8924 = Annual Leave + Stat Hol – Pro Rata’d
MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB
- To ensure the safeguarding of students and make a significant contribution to their efforts to both “enjoy and achieve”.
- To assist the SENCO in the development and implementation of programmes of work for students in alternative
provision and lessons.
- To provide a stable, caring and supportive learning environment,which enables students to achieve their full learning potential and facilitates their social and moral development.
There will be a requirement to work with students, either individually or in groups, that may have complex additional educational needs and may include students presenting moderate to intensive challenges.This could mean working with students with substantial disabilities, or behavioural difficulties.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- To support the teaching and learning process. Typically, the job will include all, or most of the following elements under the guidance and direction of the SENCO:
- Encourage students to work co-operatively with each other within an established behaviour policy, anticipate and manage student behaviour and promote self-control,self-regulation and independence.
- Provide feedback for students in relation to progress and achievements.
- Monitor and evaluate student responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies.
- Record progress and achievement in lessons and activities.
- Develop, maintain and apply knowledge and understanding of students’ general and specific learning needs to
ensure that support is given to them at an appropriate level.
The postholder will have day-to day responsibility for named students where they will:
- Meet with the student(s) regularly.
- Follow up any concerns and liaise with staff when necessary.
- Liaise with parents and outside agencies if applicable.
- Attend meetings for individual students if applicable.
- Maintain detailed notes to help monitor student progress / attainment.
- Review and update relevant paperwork.
Problem Solving & Creativity:
On a daily basis,within prescribed school guidelines, develop a range of strategies in conjunction with the SENCO to engage individuals and groups of students, often with differing requirements, in the experience of learning and in their personal,social, health and moral education.
Use a variety of interpersonal techniques to establish supportive relationships with students, colleagues, parents, carers and outside agencies.
The postholder will need to be flexible and creative in their daily work practices.
While the level of student needs will vary from time to time, the jobholder will be predominantly working with students who are especially difficult to engage in activities, may present more frequent behavioural problems and where the attention span presents greater challenges and a need for high levels of patience to attain students’ individual targets.
The postholder will require excellent organisational abilities, a working knowledge of ICT and will have to deal with a wide range of demands in the course of a day.Tact, diplomacy and the ability to remain calm are required.
Ensure a safe working environment to ensure compliance with health and safety, including appropriate risk assessments.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Experience of working with individuals who have a combination of learning, social, emotional or behavioural needs, this may be within an education or care background or from personal experience
- Qualities required are to be a good team worker, showing discretion, loyalty, commitment, patience, flexibility, good personal organisation, firmness
- To be numerate and literate and to have good oral and written communication
- A background knowledge of the National Curriculum and a school’s procedures and policies would be desirable
- Significant empathy with students who have additional educational needs
- Where appropriate, to be prepared to undertake special skills training
- A willingness to attend courses as required to enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills to improve the level and quality of support given to students and teachers
- An education standard equating to five GCSE Grade 4 (C) and above, including English and Mathematics