Ark Blake Academy
Job Title: Learning Support Assistant
Location: East Croydon – Ten-minute walk from East Croydon station
Salary: £22,464 - £22,582 - Ark Support (Ark Outer London)
Working pattern: Full-time
Start date: As soon as possible
Closing date: Friday 16th February 2024 at 12:00pm
Interview date: As soon as possible
(Interviews to be arranged sooner if suitable candidates found)
Opportunity for an exceptional candidate to be a Learning Support Assistant at Ark Blake Academy in East Croydon.
About the role:
The successful candidates will support pupils, parents, and teachers to establish a supportive learning environment in which children make good academic progress. You will be instrumental in our mission to provide every pupil, regardless of their background, with a great education and real choices in life.
As a Learning Support Assistant you will also assist with whole class teaching and provide cover for the teacher as required.
You may also be required to support pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), along with pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL). You will play a key role within the academy to promote pupil wellbeing.
You may be asked to undertake basic First Aid/Medical duties and be assigned children with specific needs.
Our ideal candidate will demonstrate:
- Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
- Empathy, patience, reliability, and consistency
- Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil and in particular SEND pupils
- Flexibility, proactivity, and a willingness to change approaches when necessary.
- Deep commitment to Ark’s mission of providing an excellent education to every pupil, regardless of background
- Effective team membership
- A high level of self-awareness and self-management in stressful situations
- Resilience, motivation and committed to achieving excellence
- Ability to be reflective and proactive in seeking feedback to constantly improve practice
- Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training
View the full job description and person specification here.
About our school:
Ark Blake Academy welcomed its first year 7 cohort in September 2020 and currently provides children in East Croydon with a first-class academic education, based on our strongly held values.
We aspire to become one of the best schools in the country, providing all our pupils with an excellent education that empowers them to seize greatness. Our KS3 is now complete with years 7, 8 and 9 providing a rich, powerful curriculum in the lead-up to GCSE.
At Ark Blake, we seek to transform lives through education. We believe that each of our pupils is born with unique potential for greatness and can take responsibility to achieve this. We believe that by aiming high, working hard and living according to Ark Blake’s Values, our pupils can seize greatness, lead lives that bring fulfilment and strengthen their communities.
Ark Blake Academy is part of Ark, one of the UK’s most successful school groups, with a network of 39 schools in 4 locations across the country.
For more information about our school, please visit https://arkblake.org/.
- Salaries 2.5% higher than main pay scale.
- Twice as many training days as standard.
- Generous pension scheme.
- Access to Ark rewards – a scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers
- Interest-free loans – up to £5,000 available for season ticket or to buy a bicycle
- Gym discounts – offering up to 40%.
- Access to Employee Assistance Programme – providing free, confidential counselling, legal advice and a range of different support.
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How to apply:
Please click 'apply' on the website you are visiting to complete an online application form or please visit https://arkblake.org/current-vacancies and submit your application. Please note we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response. Early application is strongly advised.
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Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.
Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosuroe of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.
We aim to build a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone – staff and students – can do their best work and achieve their full potential. We want to reflect and represent diverse perspectives across our organisation because we know that doing so will make us stronger and more effective. To know more about Ark’s diversity and inclusion commitments, please click on this link.
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies.
Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.
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