Learning Support Manager

John Ruskin School, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8EW

6 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    3 January 2023

  • Closing date

    12 December 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    17 November 2022

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Actual salary

£22,302.69 per annum

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Must be qualified as an HLTA or teacher.
  • Experience of working with children and young people.
  • Experience of working in a school setting
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have a wide range of Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities
  • Experience of working with parents/carers

  • Experience of delivering lessons to small groups

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective relationships with students, staff, families and other professionals

  • Highly ambitious on behalf of students with a positive outlook and determination to motivate and enthuse pupils to improve and sustain attendance, behaviour and strive for success

  • Ability to work as an effective team player, using initiative and assuming responsibility when necessary

  • Flexible and creative, able to adapt own approaches to meet the needs of vulnerable or challenging young people, inspire and motivate them

  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and to adapt quickly and effectively

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level administrative and record keeping skills with an excellent eye for detail
  • Ability to manage your own behaviour in response to students’ actions, maintaining high professional standards

  • Approachable, non-judgemental and a good listener

  • Ability to use a variety of IT based applications, such as email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • An understanding of the need for confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
  • Good understanding of child development with the ability to apply behaviour management policies and strategies which contribute to a purposeful learning environment
  • Good understanding of intervention programmes and strategies, especially in literacy, numeracy and behaviour management
  • Knowledge of issues surrounding safeguarding, Child Protection, Prevent Duty and the care of Looked After Children
  • Supportive of the school’s excellent staff attendance and punctuality record
  • Willingness to identify own training and development needs and participate in development and training opportunities
  • Set a good example of dress, punctuality and attendance

What the school offers its staff

We are looking for anenthusiastic, creative and experienced individual to work alongside the SENDCO in managing our large Learning Support Department.

The role would suit someone who has experience of the skills required for day to day management of a team and ongoing tasks such as annually reviewing professional progress.

In addition, you should have experience of working with students with a range of additional needs within a specialist or mainstream environment. Experience of working with pupils with autism and/or experience of working with teachers to implement exams access arrangements would be of benefit. Only candidates with either a teaching qualification or Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification will be considered.

John Ruskin School is an oversubscribed mainstream secondary school with a much higher proportion of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities than average. As our teachers and teaching assistants are highly experienced in supporting students to remain in mainstream education, you would be joining a committed and experienced staff that place a very high value on inclusivity in their classrooms.

Further details about the role

Please use the John Ruskin School application form to apply, then send your completed form to John Ruskin School for the attention of Mr Peter Blackburn, Head Teacher. Further details including person specification and job description are on www.jrs.org.uk/vacancies. For an informal chat about the role, or a school visit, please contact Head Teacher Mr Peter Blackburn; email admin@jrs.org.uk or tel no 015394 41306.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Commitment to safeguarding

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced check for regulated activity via the Disclosure and Barring Service and any other pre-employment checks in relation to the safeguarding of our students as necessary.

Applying for the job

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to admin@jrs.org.uk

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About John Ruskin School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
235 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Email address
Phone number

John Ruskin School is a fully comprehensive, oversubscribed 11 – 16 community school situated in beautiful surroundings. We provide education in the heart of the Lake District for our catchment communities of Coniston, Hawkshead, Langdale and Broughton. However, many students from other areas also choose to travel to our school. It is a thriving community that promotes high levels of academic and personal achievement for its students. Parents are hugely supportive of John Ruskin School and many families have seen generations pass through our doors. It is a school that knows its students very well and uses that understanding to encourage, challenge and push them to achieve the very best they can. Whether that is through their academic studies or making the most of the school’s unique location through experiences like the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, the annual fell race or the Big JRS Picnic, John Ruskin School places a real importance on developing the character of our young people so they are ready to become citizens of the world. John Ruskin School is committed to safeguarding and protecting all children and young people by implementing robust safer recruitment practices and maintaining strong safeguarding procedures.

Arranging a visit to John Ruskin School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email admin@jrs.org.uk.

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