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  • Closing date

    21 September 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    11 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Special Education Needs (SEN), Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant

Working pattern

Part time, full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£21,028.00 Annually (Actual) Grade B1, actual salary for 32.5h per week is £15728.70. Fixed term with the potential to become a permanent position.

ARB Learning Support Assistant job summary

Launceston College's ever growing ARB Unit is seeking additional Learning Support Assistants to support students with special educational needs (SEN), to reach their full educational potential. This is an incredibly rewarding role where you may work with pupils who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments (i.e. hearing or visual), speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, autism, social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these difficulties.

Main Purpose of Job:

You will be based mainly in our ARB unit, this is an amazing facility where pupils benefit from a more individually tailored, specialist provision This can include small group work and access to specialist resources and services. One of the many strengths of ARB's is that pupils can still access parts of the mainstream school, as well as having more specialist support. We are one of 21 schools in Cornwall that offer this resource.

The role will be to take a pro-active role in the support of the educational and social needs of the students; to support the curriculum and the College through the provision of assistance to the teacher in the practical organisation of class activities and small group work.

 Duties and responsibilities: 

  • To assist individuals and groups of children in developing knowledge, skills and attitudes. To take into account the learning support involved to aid the children to learn as effectively as possible.

  • To establish supportive relationships with the student/s concerned and to encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students. 

  • To encourage social integration and individual development of students.  To develop methods of promoting and reinforcing students’ self-esteem. 

  • To assist in preparing, using and maintaining relevant teaching resources, including wall displays and cleaning up classrooms after activities.  To ensure that basic classroom materials are available for use. 

  • To assist with lunch and break time supervision of children. 

  • To accompany children on educational visits and outings as supervised by the Teacher. 

  •  To assist with the assessment, monitoring and recording of children’s progress, health, behaviour and general wellbeing.  To feedback any information (including concerns) regarding the well-being and educational needs of children to the teacher or Principal as appropriate.

  • To be aware of confidential issues linked to home/student/teacher/school work and to ensure the confidentiality of such sensitive information. 

  • To supervise an individual or small group of children within a class under the overall control of the teacher.

  • To administer minor first aid (as trained), assist in the dispensing of medically prescribed controlled drugs (as per the approved procedure) and to assist with the personal hygiene and physical needs of children with regard to health and safety as required. 

  • To meet the needs of students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. To control the student to prevent harm and disruption to the student or others, within the limits of the post holders training and school policies and procedures.

  • To carry out administrative tasks associated with all of the above duties as directed by the teacher. 

  • To attend staff meetings and school-based INSET as required. To meet with the Student Support Centre Manager, Head of Individual Needs and/or other appropriate staff. 

  • To encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students. 

  • The post holder is responsible for his/her own self-development on a continuous basis. 

  • To be aware of and work in accordance with the College's child protection policies and procedures, and to raise any concerns relating to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty. 

  • To be aware of and adhere to applicable rules, regulations, legislation and procedures including the Schools Equal Opportunities Policy and Code of Conduct, national legislation (including Health and Safety, Data Protection). 

  • To develop methods of promoting/reinforcing the student’s self-esteem and to promote independence through the development of self-help skills. 

  •  To undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as required. 

  • To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the department. 

Person Specification:


  • GCSE’s or equivalent to include Maths & English at a C grade or above

  • Good levels of literacy and numeracy

Experience (preferred but not essential):

  • Previous experience of working with children with complex needs/challenging behaviours within a classroom environment or similar

  • Experience working with students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs

  • Strong ability to work with technology and educational software

  • Knowledge of issues relevant to education and child development

  • Team Teach training

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Strong organisational and time management skills

  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Flexible, adaptable and able to handle unexpected changes in schedules.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities and prioritise between different demands

  • Self-motivated and able to work in a team to collaborate with teachers, other support staff and parent to deliver effective support to students

Personal Qualities:  

  • Passion for education and a strong commitment to improving student learning outcomes

  • Patience, flexibility and creativity

  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic

  • Strong commitment to student learning and success

  • Strong ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism

Commitment to safeguarding

Please refer to our safeguarding policy on the Athena Learning Trust website at:


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About Launceston College

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1389 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Launceston College is part of the Athena Learning Trust alongside Altarnun Primary, Atlantic Academy, Bideford College, Egloskerry Primary and Launceston Primary School.

Launceston College is a large and established 11 – 18 secondary school in Launceston, Cornwall.

The belief at Launceston College is that the most vital part of any school is the people who make it what it is. Our students enjoy being part of our school community and we have a strong team of staff at the College who are united in encouraging students to work hard, to achieve their best and to respect others. To do this we believe that students need to be fully challenged and supported within a caring environment.

We believe that students should have all their achievements recognised, acknowledged and given credit; no child, however, should ever take away another child’s right to a high-quality education. The College is therefore run in a well-disciplined, orderly and respectful manner; we have rules and we expect students to follow them. Our very high expectations for standards of behaviour from all students were recognised by Ofsted in their most recent inspection who judged the behaviour of our students to be “outstanding”.

We are committed to the pursuit of individual excellence and achievement whilst ensuring that no-one is left behind. We believe in the education of the whole person and try to provide a range of experiences which promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students; we are an accredited “Adventure Learning School” and provide a wide range of adventurous learning opportunities both inside the curriculum and beyond.

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