18 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 July 2024

  • Closing date

    5 June 2024 at 1pm

  • Date listed

    14 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type

Fixed term

Full-time equivalent salary

£18,174.00 - £19,035.00 Annually (Actual) ACAD 3 (10-13)

Learning Support Assistant job summary

Are you passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of students and helping them reach their full potential? We are seeking dedicated and compassionate Learning Support Assistants to join our dynamic educational team.

About HEART Academies Trust

HEART Academies Trust formed in 2017 and currently consists of one secondary school, Bedford Academy and three partner primary schools, Cauldwell, Shackleton and Shortstown. Together we serve more than 2500 pupils aged from 2 to 18 years.

We are a non-profit making charitable company sponsored by the Harpur Trust, one of the largest charities in the UK. With a proven track-record in education through their ownership and management of four Harpur Trust private schools in Bedford and as a sponsor of Bedford Academy since its creation in 2010, they are the perfect partner to support HEART Academies Trust as we grow.

HEART Academies Trust supports continuity of education within the community. Adopting a ‘stronger together’ approach and a commitment to positive collaboration enables each academy within the Trust to celebrate what they already do well whilst providing opportunities to ensure continued development and improvement across all academies within the Trust.

What we offer

As part of HEART Academies Trust, staff are valued and supported, allowing them to contribute fully to the wider school community. Our commitment to staff development and wellbeing is paramount.

Flexible working options.

CPD pathways, career progression, secondment and shadowing opportunities.

£200 Refer a friend scheme, tech scheme and cycle to work scheme.

Employee assist programme.

Generous pension and a competitive salary.

Free gym, shower and parking facilities.

Free tea, coffee, breakfast and eye tests.

An exceptional ECT induction programme and support.

An open and collaborative working environment with an inclusive workplace

Regular training and development programmes and celebration of staff success.

Individual laptops for teaching staff.

An excellent catering provision.

A commitment to environmental sustainability.

What we’re looking for

To complement teachers’ delivery of the curriculum and contribute to the development of other support staff, students and school policies and strategies.

To work collaboratively with teaching staff and assist in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of resources.

To provide learning support for students, the teacher and the Academy in order to raise standards of achievement for all, by utilising knowledge and skills when assisting with planning and to encourage students to become independent learners, to provide support for their welfare, and to support the inclusion of students in all aspects of Academy life.

To work with Access staff on transition support for the curriculum, working with middle schools in supporting students with the studies alongside teaching staff.

Working hours:

08:15-15:30 Mondays and Fridays, 8:30-15:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a half hour unpaid lunch break

33 hours per week, term-time only.

Commitment to safeguarding

HEART Academies Trust is an equal opportunities employer and therefore operates no restrictive policies in relation to age, sex or creed.

Our Trust is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children/young people and expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service along with other relevant employment checks, including overseas criminal background checks, where applicable. All new trustees, employees and volunteers will be required to undertake safeguarding training on induction which will be regularly updated as per statutory guidance.

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About Bedford Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1309 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Bedford Academy is an all-ability secondary school offering places for boys and girls between 11 and 18 years. The school, which moved into its purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities in November 2012, is a dynamic institution breaking new ground.

Bedford Academy has high expectations and aspirations for all of its students which means they offer an education that enables every student to excel and to develop the skills and confidence to do whatever they choose in later life. Students are encouraged to recognise their achievements and explore how they can build on them so that they make excellent progress.

Personalised learning is at the heart of Bedford Academy’s drive to raise standards. Students with special educational needs benefit from a range of intervention programmes and receive additional support from teaching and non-teaching staff. Gifted and Talented learners are nurtured and challenged through extension and enrichment.

Personalised learning is at the heart of Bedford Academy’s drive to raise standards. Students with special educational needs benefit from a range of intervention programmes and receive additional support from teaching and non-teaching staff. Gifted and Talented learners are nurtured and challenged through extension and enrichment.

The Academy’s exciting curriculum, utilising the latest technology, is designed to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. A broad academic and vocational curriculum is offered, with students taught in sets of similar ability students for the majority of their curriculum.

Student progress is carefully tracked and students are challenged to achieve. The statutory 25 hours per week of study is extended with students receiving 30 hours of taught time, enabling students to build on their strengths and receive support to address any weaknesses.

At Key Stage 4 students select subjects based on their skills and aspirations as individuals. They can choose from a wide range of courses tailored to enrich and enhance the curriculum. The carefully thought out careers and guidance programme, which was recently awarded Investor in Careers status, covers all years and ensures students make informed choices.

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