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Learning Support Assistant - Ashford

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Job description

Teaching Personnel are working closely with an independent, co-educational, day school approved for up to 70 pupils from 5-18 years old who for a variety of reasons have not been able to sustain mainstream education: pupils have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and a range of additional learning difficulties including Asperger's, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ASD, ODD, issues which require CAMHS involvement and Attachment Disorder.

The school offers a unique and stimulating environment, where every pupil is able to make outstanding progress in their personal development & enjoy success in their education. The school lies in a spacious rural setting near Ashford, and attracts pupils from across Kent, neighbouring counties & parts of London, because of its growing reputation for success. The school works to help young people achieve their maximum personal potential in all academic and social spheres.

About the role

Do you want a rewarding Career? To make a positive difference to young people and their lives? Are you patient, empathetic, resilient and supportive? If you have answered yes - we want you!

We have exciting and challenging opportunities for Learning Support Assistants (LSA) to join our supportive team.

The school want each young person to achieve their own ambitions and to live fulfilling and productive lives. We want you to encourage each individual to achieve their potential, despite of any challenges you or they may face. This can be achieved by assisting and supporting the class teachers with the agreed learning plans, whilst also being responsible for safeguarding the young people. This will include making sure they are healthy, safe and as comfortable as possible and assisting with the physical, emotional and personal care needs for each individual.

Who are we looking for?

We would like responsible, friendly and thoughtful individuals who have a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives. You will ideally understand some of the challenges that you could be faced with as it will be a challenging yet rewarding role.

We are looking for people who can work well within a team, has great communication skills, can manage their workload and be prepared for the varying difficulties the role may present. You also must have a Grade C or above GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths.

Key responsibilities

  • To support the Class Teachers in delivering agreed learning activities to ensure each individual child meets their discrete learning needs.
  • To liaise with other staff members and parents to maximise the effect of support and learning for each child.
  • To support the development of the children's communication skills.
  • To ensure high standards of personal hygiene for each student and support them with personal care needs
  • To promote structure, boundaries and domestic routines; ensuring a pleasant, clean and safe environment for the students in your care
  • To carry out all duties, as directed by the class teachers to maximise learning opportunities for all children and young people
  • To support the development of communication skills by implementing communication goals in collaboration with Education, Multi-disciplinary team, Residential and Respite staff
  • To assist with target setting, record keeping and assessment in classes
  • To work with individual children and young people and small groups under the direction and planning of the teachers
  • To undertake relevant training programmes as and when required by the School

Due to the various needs of pupils, the school will consider a range of SEN, youth work or behaviour based experience although someone who lacks qualifications, but has an engaging personality will always be considered.

If you are an individual with patience and a commitment to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people with a nurture based positive behaviour management, Send your updated CV to the email address provided.

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay.

Teaching Personnel is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Full assistance provided.

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