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Learning Support Assistant

The UCL Academy, Camden

Job details

Job role
SEN specialist, Suitable for NQTs
Working pattern
Will consider full-time, part-time
UCL Academy Scale 4, Spine Point 7 £24,279 pro rata to term time only (£21,092.74)

Job summary

Are you an empathic and innovative individual with a passion for supporting pupils, particularly with special educational needs? Would you be interested in working at an Academy that offers unique links to UCL and an innovative connected curriculum and collaborative approach for all students?

The UCL Academy’s SEND department are committed to recruiting talented, highly skilled individuals to support the provision for students in need of learning support and thus are now seeking additional Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) to join their team. The successful candidates should be motivated, confident, can take initiative and build strong relationships with both students and staff alike. Ideally, although not exclusively, we would prefer candidates who have people manual handling training.

Combining subject knowledge with an expertise in four broad specialist areas: ASD, SEMH, Physical & Sensory and SLCN, the LSA team (consisting of Lead LSAs and LSAs), SEND Officer and SEND teachers are deployed by the Deputy SENDCos for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 to support pupils in accessing the broad and balanced curriculum offered to all learners at the Academy. The appointed candidate(s) will have the opportunity to join a highly inclusive school with a high number of students with EHCPs, working across the Academy to support the teaching and learning of SEND students across the Curriculum.

What We Offer

• Amazing pupils, with a wide spectrum of strengths and barriers across the four Broad Areas of Need
• An experienced team of Deputy SENCos (KS3 & KS4), a SEND Administrator, Lead Learning Assistants with specialisms in each of the Four Broad Areas, and a team of Learning assistants committed to the best outcomes for our students;
• State-of-the-art classroom technology – including our unique Superstudios, subject specialism suites and demonstration; theatres for interactive teaching talks by visiting academics;
• Unlimited access to opportunities for self-development and intensive weekly Continuing Professional Learning;
• A whole school wellbeing strategy;
• An exclusive partnership with UCL where staff have access to unrivalled University libraries and resources;
• Suitable IT equipment for all teaching and support staff;
• A generous health care plan, including reimbursement for optical, dental, physiotherapy and a range of other areas, 24/7 GP access, free counselling and discounted membership at over 2,000 gyms nationwide;
• Cycle to Work scheme with ample space for bike storage;
• Transport for London Season ticket loans available upon request.

What We Want

• Have a clear understanding of the diverse needs of students and knows how to address them;
• Work with individuals and small SEND groups with a dynamic intervention approach;
• Work with teaching staff in the development of appropriate resources for use in individual/group sessions to support the learning of targeted students;
• A commitment to developing your own specialist knowledge and have a sound understanding of how SEND children learn;
• Communicate with parents/carers (where applicable) and staff regarding key students’ work and progress

Applying for the job

To apply please complete and submit a detailed application form to email to hr@uclacademy.org.

The application form can be found along with the job description in the supporting documents section.

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1109 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact email
Contact phone number
0207 449 3080

About The UCL Academy

The UCL Academy is sponsored by UCL, a world-class, multifaculty, research-led university. UCL's vision is an innovative Academy for pupils aged 11 to 18. We are a comprehensive, co-educational, non-denominational, fully inclusive and an active member of the Camden family of schools.

The Academy is an exciting place for young people to learn and develop as individuals. It offers a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum which is appropriate for pupils of all abilities, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, social background or faith. Most importantly, it provides an environment in which all pupils are supported to achieve their full potential, and to contribute positively to the community in which they live. The Academy strives for excellence in teaching and learning across the curriculum; develop strong specialisms in mathematics, science and, with a focus on modern foreign languages, provide an education which prepares pupils for "global citizenship". Strong links with community, scientific and cultural organisations, as well as with UCL, are particular features of the Academy.

The UCL Academy is an exciting, stimulating place to learn, with a curriculum which focuses on problem-solving, skills development and 'real world' issues and ideas. Students have the opportunity to undertake extensive project work, and to participate in community activities as well as internships and international exchanges.

The sponsor is keen that the Academy should support all students to develop responsibility for their learning, ensuring that they continue to be challenged and stimulated by their learning throughout their time at the Academy.

The UCL Academy has a strong focus on community and belonging. Students are members of both a house (the Academy has five) and a mentor group: a small group of students, who meet together regularly and who are 'mentored' by a member of staff. Houses provide a focus for intra-school activities; mentor groups ensure that students build strong support networks, including with their staff mentor to enable them to tackle the challenges young people encounter during their Academy lives.

UCL, as sponsor, provides a comprehensive programme of activities and support to enhance teaching at the UCL Academy. This includes lectures and masterclasses from UCL academics in subjects across the curriculum; visits to UCL; and access to the university's extensive resources, including laboratories and libraries. There is also advice for Key Stage 4 students and Sixth Form students on routes into further and higher education, including support with the higher education entry process from UCL admissions tutors, and contact with UCL students acting as tutors and mentors.

School location

Adelaide Road, Camden, NW3 3AQ

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