Learning Support Assistant
Purpose of the job:
Hatfield Woodhouse Primary Academy are looking to appoint a Learning Support Assistant to join our academy in March 2020. You will work under the direct supervision of teachers and support staff, usually in a classroom with a teacher, to support access to learning for pupils and provide general support to the teacher in the management of pupils.
A small one form entry primary school to the east of Doncaster, Hatfield Woodhouse Primary educates approximately 220 pupils between the ages of 3 and 11. Our children come from the village itself or travel in (many by school bus) from other neighbouring villages. We pride ourselves on our hard-working staff, our supportive AAB and our delightful children. Our school was first built in 1877 and we have been striving to improve the education we provide ever since!
Visitors to our school frequently comment on the lovely family-like atmosphere - for example one visitor said, ‘A great example of a school that values its children. The atmosphere felt positive, nurturing and encouraging’. Behaviour is good – our children are keen to learn and enjoy following our Woodhouse Ways and Wows. Staff are friendly and supportive helping each other and providing peer-coaching to improve teaching and learning.
Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01302 840448 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Support the pupil by:
- Undertaking the activities with either individuals or groups of children to ensure their safety and facilitate their physical, emotional and educational development.
- Carrying our pre-determined educational activities and work programmes whilst promoting independent learning.
- Working to establish a supportive relationship with the children and parents concerned.
- Encouraging acceptance and inclusion of the child with special needs.
- Promoting and reinforcing the child’s self-esteem. Support the Teacher by:
- Monitoring individual children’s needs and reporting these to their designated supervisor as appropriate.
- Keep such records of the children’s development as are required by the Academy.
- Assisting teaching staff in the planning of work programmes for individuals and groups of children.
- Provide support to the teacher in the delivery of local and national teaching strategies.
- Supporting teaching staff in the carrying out of home visits.
- Assisting the teaching staff in the smooth transition between educational phases.
Support the Academy by:
- Being aware of the Academy’s policies and procedures, support and promote the academy’s aims and values.
- Establish relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals to support achievement and progress of students.
- Being aware of confidential issues to home/pupil/teacher/school work and to keep confidence as appropriate.
Any special conditions of service
- There is a requirement to undergo an enhanced DBS check
- Term time working
- There may a need occasionally to work outside of normal academy hours and/or off premises following appropriate consultation and notice. To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.
Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- A good standard of education particularly in Maths and English
- To be aware of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection
- Participate in development and training opportunities
- Good communication skills both oral and written
- Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier
- Ability to build positive relationships with all stakeholders
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team
- Commitment to self and team development
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS
- Working with or caring for children of relevant age
- Understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
- Appropriate knowledge of first aid
- Completion of DfES Teacher Assistant Induction Programme or equivalent
- Previous experience of working with young people preferably in a school setting