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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    6 March 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    28 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Learning support or cover supervisor

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


What skills and experience we're looking for

The objectives of a Learning Support Assistant will differ according to the individual requirements of each student. Their overall function is to support students’ diverse Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) through the academic, personal and behavioural elements of the school life.

All duties associated with this role require the highest standards of professionalism at all times in terms of manner, conduct and appearance. This role also demands high levels of literacy competency as all written communication must be in Standard English.

  • Support students’ learning across the curriculum, tailoring the support to match individual needs
  • Have a developed understanding of each student’s individual needs
  • Support students in learning as well as developing their independence
  • Support students to access their learning through effective use of ICT and other resources
  • Contribute to assessing students’ progress and using this to develop their learning
  • Identify and remove barriers to students’ learning by making reasonable adjustments
  • Adapt and customise curricular materials
  • Support teacher planning and preparation of resources
  • Use the school’s teaching and learning strategies when working with students
  • Liaise with students, their parents/carers, teachers and practitioners to support students’ learning and well-being
  • Attend training and disseminate information to necessary recipients
  • Work with teachers to plan, implement, and review personalised learning
  • Support the sharing of key documentation and information about SEND students to staff and key stakeholders
  • Set and review targets for students you support
  • Support the emotional well-being and mental health of SEND students
  • Enhance SEND students’ social and personal development and preparation for their futures
  • Support additional interventions for improving students’ learning and well-being
  • Support SEND students to access extra-curricular activities
  • Safeguard the welfare of all students
  • Support the transition and transfer of SEND students
  • Accompany students to relevant therapy sessions (depending on individual needs)
  • Work with parents/carers of SEND students to establish effective support strategies
  • Run activities and clubs in the Inclusion Hub when students are not in lessons
  • Support with access arrangements for exams and tests
  • Contribute to maintaining students’ records
  • Raise awareness and knowledge of SEND students and their needs among the school staff
  • Lead in a key area of SEND, ensuring students are fully supported in this area
  • Run intervention sessions for SEND students outside of lesson hours and share intervention strategies
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of intervention sessions and adapt them accordingly to ensure effectiveness
  • Escort and supervise SEND students on educational visits and out of school activities
  • Contribute to and support the applications and reviews of Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Share good practice with and lead training for staff and the inclusion team
  • Ensure key documents are filed and information is accessed and used by the relevant staff
  • Ensure up-to-date knowledge of the best strategies to support the learning of SEND students and implement and share these
  • Complete the relevant documentation for the assess-plan-do-review cycle
  • Work with teachers to track the development of SEND students and adapt support accordingly

  • Provide primary first aid cover within the school to students and staff, supporting students routinely with specific medical needs as necessary
  • This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and we require the post-holder to be flexible and show initiative
  • The post holder may be required to perform other related duties, within the pay grade, to meet the ongoing needs of the school

What the school offers its staff

If you would like to learn more about what its like to work at TTA, please visit our website


Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About The Totteridge Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
899 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number

The school
The Totteridge Academy (TTA) is a brilliant secondary school in North London. With approximately 1000 students, and a new Sixth Form which opened in September 2020, TTA is continuing to grow and develop. We were thrilled to have won the TES Secondary School of the Year Award last year, celebrating our phenomenal results (putting us in the top 1% of the country for Progress), inclusive culture, and excellence beyond the classroom.
We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic staff to join our team. Here are some quotes from our 2023-24 staff survey:
· “The sense of community at this school is second to none. I have never felt so supported by the senior team, as well as my department and line manager. This is definitely reflected in the ‘feel’ of the school and our daily interactions with students.”
· “I cannot believe that I work in a school that has such a mix of incredibly high expectations and academic outcomes, alongside things like a school farm, Place2Be, Equine therapy and Peggy, our school dog! TTA truly cares about every aspect of a child’s education, learning and wellbeing.”
· “Teaching and learning is extremely well led, resulting in consistent teaching across the school and therefore much improved attainment from our pupils. It is the single most stand-out quality at TTA that makes me very proud, and has improved my teaching immensely.”
· “The culture of collaboration and continuous improvement is fantastic. I feel as though I would be welcomed, supported and appreciated by any member of staff if I went to them to ask for anything or just to have a chat!”
· “The community is extremely supportive, and the staff genuinely care for the children, their education and supporting one another, both professionally and personally.”
· “So many of the middle leaders are just world class. They lead by example and have relentlessly high expectations and good humour to boot. Teaching and Learning at this school is exceptionally well led.”
We provide a high-quality education in a safe, caring, and focused environment. We teach skills and knowledge, enabling our students to become responsible, well-rounded citizens, equipped with the tools to make effective choices for their futures. We pride ourselves on our inclusive environment with a rich and nurturing culture. We celebrate our differences whilst standing together as a united learning community. Our school philosophy of kaizen (continuous improvement) enables our students and staff to aim high at all times so that every individual can attain his or her best. We celebrate and are proud of the achievements of all of our students, valuing individuality and nurturing happy, confident, and hard-working young people. We have high expectations at TTA and reject the view that success in life is pre-determined or that our talents are fixed. We improve through practice; calm, focused classrooms led by knowledgeable, passionate teachers.
Please CLICK HERE to watch a video about TTA, and visit our WEBSITE HERE to find out about the school.
If you would like to read more about why you should work at TTA then CLICK HERE, or to read some testimonials from our current staff then CLICK HERE.
If you would like to arrange a visit to our school, please contact Vittoria Casey, HR Manager, on 020 8445 9205 or vittoria.casey@tta.org.uk.

Arranging a visit to The Totteridge Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email vittoria.casey@tta.org.uk.

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