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