Learning Support Assistant Apprentice

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Rated Outstanding for apprenticeships
in our June 2017 Ofsted inspection

Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Apprenticeship summary

To provide education, care and encouragement to children and young people with disabilities or special educational needs, supporting them to participate in activities and liaising, if required, with parents/carers/other professionals as appropriate.

This will include working with children and young people who have a range of needs including:

  • Communication & interaction needs
  • Cognition & learning needs
  • Behaviour, emotional and social development needs
  • Sensory and/or physical needs
  • Severe and challenging behaviour
  • Medical needs
  • Personal care needs

Additional Responsibilities:

It is the nature of the work in a special school that tasks and responsibilities are in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied.  All staff are therefore expected to work in a flexible, co-operative way particularly when the occasion arises that tasks which are not specifically covered in their job description have to be undertaken.  Those additional duties will normally be to cover unforeseen circumstances or changes in work. 

This post is eligible for a DBS check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (i.e. it involves certain activities in relation to children and/or adults) and is defined as regulated activity under Part 1 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

Forest Way School shares a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Our commitment is underpinned by robust processes and procedures that seek to maximise opportunity, minimise risk and continuously promote a culture that embraces the ethos of safeguarding amongst our workforce.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability and willingness to undertake professional development
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Empathy with children and young people
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Personal qualities

None specified.

About the employer

Forest Way School

We know how valuable each day at school is, so we want all of our students to be happy, safe and to access an exciting, broad curriculum. Some of our most recent developments include extending the Post 16 provision through the use of the Croft bungalow, expansion of our after school clubs and investment in Forest Schools training for staff. We aim to extend opportunities outside of school in sport, dance and drama, for those students that it is appropriate for. Last year we travelled to Burnley and Coventry to compete in National Disability Athletics Championships and our dance group performed twice at the Curve. We also have links with mainstream schools.

We have a stunning building that we moved into in 2009. It won the TES New Building Award (2009) and we pride ourselves in the facilities that include specialist sensory rooms, a pool, life skills flat, The Croft bungalow as well as Art, Drama/Music, and Food Technology rooms. We also have 2 classrooms based at King Edward VII Upper School.

Forest Way is a special school for pupils aged 3 to 19 with a wide range of disabilities, we currently have 220 pupils on roll.  Our curriculum is innovative, exciting and multisensory and we have amazing facilities to support this including an interactive studio, soft play room, sensory rooms, swimming pool and fantastic grounds.  We are at the forefront of national excellence in our practice and are proud of our three outstanding Ofsteds.  New staff are supported with all aspects of teaching and learning, so they can settle in quickly.  We are never complacent and always keen to learn, so your contribution will be warmly welcomed.

Apprenticeship Framework:Teaching Assistant
Weekly Wage: £120.25
Working Week: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.45pm, with one late night per week until 4.45pm Term time only, plus 5 additional days to be worked outside this period
Apprenticeship duration: 18 months
Possible start date: 04-02-2019
Level: Advanced

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