Learning Support Assistant (fixed-term contract)
Start date: ASAP
Salary: Support Staff Scale 5, Actual salary £20,213 - £21,606 (full time equivalent salary £23,500 - £25,119)
Hours: 36 hours per week, term time only
Location: Ark Tindal Primary Academy, Birmingham
Deadline: Monday 26th February 2022 at 12 noon
Ofsted: Good with outstanding Early Years and Leadership and Management (2018)
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Our vision at Ark Tindal is to provide an exceptional education that inspires all children to flourish into confident, successful and well-rounded individuals. We have a strong focus on character development and pastoral well-being, as well as the academic curriculum. We are a two-form entry primary school and getting to know our children and families as at the heart of everything we do. We offer support to the community, and we hold regular events which enable parents and carers to share in the life of the school and in their children’s learning.
Ark Tindal is a nurturing, exciting and innovative place to learn and to teach. "Team Tindal" is a strong community, and our staff see themselves as one big family. We take staff wellbeing seriously, recognise the importance of effective communication and do what we can to support our team. We are committed to the development of our staff and have an extensive professional development offering, which enables us to work to our highest potential.
We are now looking for a Learning Support Assistant, who will support the Inclusion team, and the wider school community, by taking responsibility for the engagement and learning of pupils identified as having Special Educational Needs. We need an exceptional practitioner who will be an inspirational role model to our pupils and work with both teachers and the wider school community to establish a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which our pupils with Special Educational Needs make good progress.
Our ideal Learning Support Assistant will:
· Have experience in establishing successful learning relationships with pupils and always treating them with respect and consideration
· Have experience and/or understanding of the Learning Support Role
· Have experience and/or knowledge in working with pupils with SEND, including pupils with Autism, non-verbal pupils and pupils with Global Developmental Delay
· Recognise the importance of working with outside agencies and families
· Have completed certified teaching assistant courses/ training or have a commitment to work towards these
· Experience in ensuring a consistent environment for pupils and using visual timetables, now and next boards and visual prompts
· Have a bank of behaviour management strategies to use when pupils become dysregulated
· Ability to provide clear and consistent adult-modelling and speech to promote communication skill development
· Knowledge of Education, Health and Care Plans and SEND Support Provision Plans and implementing these
· Have a genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every pupil
In return we can offer:
• a friendly, collegiate working environment
• an exceptional and innovative staff team
• a school committed to the enjoyment, achievement and wellbeing of all
• an engaged and supportive wider community
• professional development opportunities to develop your skills
You will also be part of Ark’s thriving hub of primary and secondary schools in Birmingham working with regional teams, which offer additional guidance and support in aspects of the role.
Staff say that this is an exciting place to work where they are lucky to be part of a supportive and welcoming team. ‘I have never been so well equipped in my role – CPD is taken seriously, and I have access to a broad range of training.’
Visitors say that our children are polite, hard-working, inquisitive and charming. The exemplary behaviour of pupils is often remarked upon.
Children tell us that they feel safe and happy and look forward to coming to school each day. Parents are grateful for the opportunities to get involved that help them to support their children.
If you would like to get a glimpse into life at Ark Tindal, please visit our website or social media (@arktindal). Visits to school or telephone calls with our team are welcomed for any candidates wanting to find out more. To arrange this, please contact email@example.com. For more information about the role, click to view the job description and person specification.docx.
To apply, please go to: www.arktindalprimary.org/vacancies. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 26th February 2024.
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.
This school accepts applications through their own website, where you may also find more information about this job.
Visas cannot be sponsored.