Learning Support Assistant Apprentice

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Apprenticeship summary

Job Purpose:-

A LSA will work under the direct supervision of a teacher to provide support for teaching and learning and associated activities in accordance with school policies and procedures.  This may include providing general support for whole class learning activities, or supporting individuals or small groups of pupils.

Main duties and resonsibilities:

  • To provide agreed support to the teacher in the delivery of planned whole class learning activities
  • To work under the direct supervision of a teacher to carry out planned learning activities with small groups or individual pupils, providing feedback on their engagement in activities and their achievement of the desired learning objectives
  • To help prepare, monitor and maintain a safe and secure learning environment in line with the teacher’s lesson plans
  • To observe and feed back to the teacher on pupil performance and behaviour, taking action as appropriate in line with relevant school policies
  • To support the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of pupils, including contributing ideas and suggestions to support planning, to meet their development needs
  • To interact with and respond positively to children, young people and adults
  • To develop positive relationships with colleagues, providing consistent and effective support and working constructively as a member of the school staff team
  • To support pupils to improve their numeracy and literacy skills through focussed learning activities and more generally across the curriculum.
  • To prepare and utilise ICT resources to support pupils learning
  • To prepare and support the use of learning materials and create visual displays, in accordance with the requirements of the teacher, in order to facilitate a relevant physical learning environment
  • To provide 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
  • To contribute to the provision of support for bilingual/multilingual pupils if required
  • To invigilate internal and external tests and examinations under formal conditions
  • To encourage participation in structured and unstructured learning activities, including play (timetabled and during breaks if required). (Primary and Special schools)
  • To provide toileting support to pupils as necessary
  • To support, as appropriate, in instances where pupils are unwell whilst at the school/college

Special factors:-

Subject to the duration of the need, the special conditions given below apply:

  • The postholder may be required to attend, from time to time, training courses, conferences, seminars or other meetings as required by his/her own training needs and the needs of the school
  • Expenses will be paid in accordance with the Local Conditions of Service
  • This post is subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Criminal Records Bureau regarding any previous criminal record

This job description sets out the duties and responsibilities of the post at the time when it was drawn up.  Such duties and responsibilities may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed.  Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.

Swallowdale Primary School is seeking to promote the employment of disabled people and will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to accommodate a suitable disabled candidate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Basic knowledge of child protection and health and safety procedures
  • Ability and willingness to undertake professional development
  • Basic knowledge of child protection and health and safety procedures
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Personal qualities

  • Reliable
  • Professional
  • Punctual
  • Empathy with children and young people

About the employer

Swallowdale Primary School

Swallowdale Primary School is based in Melton Mowbray and is part of Bradgate Education Partnership.

At Swallowdale we…

  • Learn together in an environment that’s safe, happy and well resourced
  • Aim high, respect each other and develop confidence in ourselves and nurture those values in others
  • Provide a stimulating curriculum, ensuring that our staff are well trained and have a real understanding of how children learn
  • Celebrate each other’s successes and achieve high standards and enhance the reputation of our school within our community
  • Instil a love of learning and take pride in all we do

We all believe that “together we fly high.”

Apprenticeship Framework:Teaching Assistant
Location:Melton Mowbray
Weekly Wage: £117.00
Working Week: Monday-Friday: shifts TBC. Additional hours may be offered as requested.
Apprenticeship duration: 18 months
Possible start date: 11-03-2019
Level: Advanced

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