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Job Advert: Pemberley Academy: Learning Support Assistant

Business / Tue 6th Feb 2024 at 10:23am

Job purpose: 
LEARNING Support Assistants (LSAs) are an important valued member of the teaching team. As well as working directly with the children’s teacher, the LSA is encouraged to use his/her own initiative and skills to enhance the quality of teaching and learning for the children.

https://www.essexschoolsjobs.co.uk/Vacancies/Details.aspx?VacancyId=97530

Context of Role:
A Learning Support Assistant will work under the direction of a Teacher, supporting learning of individuals and groups within classes or in intervention areas within the school
A Learning Support Assistant will be utilised to support where the need is the greatest and this may involve vertical groupings for targeted interventions/ quality additional teaching
The school welcomes practitioners of high professional standard and shares the responsibility with each practitioner for continual review and the development of expertise.
All Learning Support Assistants make a valuable contribution to the school’s development and, therefore, to the progress of all children.

Support for Learners
establish productive working relationships with learners, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
promote the inclusion and acceptance of all learners
encourage learners to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence
provide feedback to learners in relation to progress and achievement under guidance of the teacher
assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care Programs, including intimate care where required
supervise and provide specific support for learners, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities
be responsible for First Aid (after training) in the event of accident or injury and provide documentation as required
promptly report signs of health problems to the class teacher and comply with school policy and procedures for recording information about pupils’ health, including issues of confidentiality
supervise children at arrival/departure and at other designated times in the school environment, in some cases the teacher may not be in the immediate vicinity
where necessary, and under the direction of the teacher, act as an escort on and off school premises, this may include situations where the teacher is not in the immediate vicinity or immediate sight and in accordance with the Educational Visits Policy

Support for Class Teachers
establish productive working relationships with learners, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
promote the inclusion and acceptance of all learners
encourage learners to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence
provide feedback to learners in relation to progress and achievement under guidance of the teacher
assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care Programs, including intimate care where required
supervise and provide specific support for learners, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities
be responsible for First Aid (after training) in the event of accident or injury and provide documentation as required
promptly report signs of health problems to the class teacher and comply with school policy and procedures for recording information about pupils’ health, including issues of confidentiality
supervise children at arrival/departure and at other designated times in the school environment, in some cases the teacher may not be in the immediate vicinity
where necessary, and under the direction of the teacher, act as an escort on and off school premises, this may include situations where the teacher is not in the immediate vicinity or immediate sight and in accordance with the Educational Visits Policy

Support for the curriculum
follow the curriculum plans and learning programs and obtain and use equipment and materials appropriate to the learning objectives and learners’ developmental needs
obtain accurate and up-to-date information on learners’ current literacy and numeracy skills
agree appropriate support strategies with the teacher to provide support across the curriculum and obtain the resources needed to implement these strategies
promptly inform the teacher when a learner is experiencing learning difficulties that cannot be resolved
use appropriate strategies for introducing learners to key words to help them access the curriculum
respond to learners’ use of home language and local accents and dialects in a manner which values cultural diversity and reinforces positive self-images
provide levels of individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks as appropriate to learners’ needs
monitor learners’ response to learning activities and, where necessary, modify or adapt activities to achieve the intended learning outcomes
provide relevant information to the class teacher about students’ learning achievements on a daily basis
provide an appropriate level of assistance to enable learners to experience a sense of achievement, maintain self-esteem and self-confidence and encourage self-help skills
use appropriate strategies for challenging and motivating learners to learn

Support for the school
be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
be aware of and support difference and ensure that the school’s equalities and diversity policies are followed.
participate in training, staff meetings, other learning activities and performance development when required
assist with the supervision of students out of lesson times, including before and after school
establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with the teacher, to support achievement and progress of students
establish positive/effective relationships with all stakeholders, including parents and governors
accompany teaching staff and students on visits, trips and out of school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher
undertake all relevant training as directed by senior staff, including first aid training and safeguarding training
develop personally and professionally through reflection and development of own practice through professional development programmes and own reading, keeping abreast of new initiatives.
contribute effectively to the review of team practice, identifying and sharing information on opportunities for improvement
demonstrate a willingness to share information and expertise, which could benefit other team members in their work
comply with Health and Safety regulations
give clear, accurate and complete information to staff as needed for them to work effectively
provide information to assist other professionals in their role in accordance with school policies and procedures
show a high level of professionalism at all times in accordance with school policies and procedures
be aware of confidentiality and maintain confidentiality linked to home/student/teacher /work as appropriate
actively encourage the development of positive relationships and promote confidence about the care and education of their children during contact and communications with parents, passing on any information given to you by parents to the appropriate staff member within the school
promptly report any difficulties in communicating with parents to the class teacher
take part in the wider life of the school, including taking responsibility for leading an extra-curricular activity
undertake play and lunch time supervision as directed by senior staff
be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection; health and safety; confidentiality; and data protection and report all concerns to an appropriate person.
show a commitment to work outside directed time when required.
contribute to and provide evidence for the school Self-Evaluation Summary.
contribute to activities which are required to support the School Development Plan.

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