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  • Job start date

    30 October 2023

  • Closing date

    25 September 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    19 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type

Fixed term

Full-time equivalent salary

£14,320.63 Annually (Actual) Including Fringe

Learning Support Practitioner job summary



Line Manager: Head of School

Pay Range: H3.5  £21,575 + £951 Fringe Allowance (Pro-Rata)

FTE Actual Starting Salary - £14,320.63 (including fringe)

Work Pattern: 27.5 hours per week 9.00am – 3.00pm daily (30 min break)

Weeks Worked: Term Time + 5 INSET days

We are looking for a talented Learning Support Practitioner to work with teachers to support teaching and learning across our school.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  •  A natural aptitude to work with children
  • NVQ level 2 or above in Childcare or Teaching and Learning
  • Secure knowledge of ICT and confident to deliver teaching and learning using ICT
  • Work with individuals or small groups of pupils in the classroom under the direct supervision of teaching staff and provide feedback to the teacher
  • Understanding of school policies and willing and able to work within these
  • Effective communicator (both written and verbal)
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Has a solution-focused approach to problem solving (a ‘Can do attitude’)
  • Active Listener
  • Motivated to learn new strategies to support learners
  • Implement planned learning activities/teaching programmes as agreed with the teacher/Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), adjusting activities according to pupils’ responses as appropriate
  • Support pupil/s to understand instructions support independent learning and inclusion of all pupils
  • Support the teacher in behaviour management and keeping pupil/s on task
  • Support pupil/s in social and emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate
  • Prepare and clear up learning environment and resources, including photocopying, filing and the display and presentation of pupils work and contribute to maintaining a safe environment

Learning Support Practitioners in this role may also undertake some or all of the following: 

  • Support children’s learning through play
  • Record basic pupil data
  • Assist with break-time supervision including facilitating games and activities
  • Assist with escorting pupils on educational visits 
  • Support pupils in using basic ICT
  •  Invigilate exams and tests
  • Assist pupils with eating, dressing and hygiene, as required, whilst encouraging independence


  • Experience of working with children
  • Is patient, warm and caring and enjoys spending time with children helping them learn and grow in confidence
  • Commitment to equal opportunity for all
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and promote teamwork – “can do attitude”
  • First class communication skills, both written and oral and a high standard of written and spoken English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Independence, resilience and determination
  • Flexible approach and ability to use own initiative
  • Understanding of the curricular requirements of the school
  • Ability to make effective use of modern technology to support teaching and learning
  • Commitment to professional development
  • Awareness of Health, well being and safety
  • Awareness of keeping children safe
  • Awareness of Data protection and confidentiality
  • A natural aptitude to model the Trust’s core behaviours – ‘We display transparency, kindness and respect in all   our interactions with others, and support each other in all our endeavours.  We are tenacious in our desire to make the difference together’


  • Experience of supporting children with special educational needs
  • Experience of supporting children with English as an additional language
  • Previous experience or a training qualification in working with children
  • First Aid Training
  • Experience in a school setting

Additional Information:

  • All staff are required to participate in training and other learning activities and in performance management and development as required by the Trust’s policies and practices.
  • This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake.  It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of the Trust.

We can offer:

  • A positive working environment within an extremely well-resourced school
  • The support of a highly professional and committed staff team and the opportunity to expand your professional networks beyond the Trust through our external partnerships
  • The opportunity to develop your career within an expanding multi academy trust with a track record of excellent student attainment and achievement
  • Exceptional professional development opportunities
  • The Trust is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to make an application: 

Please read the attached Appointment Brief before completing your application

  • To apply, complete the My New Term Application Form using the Supporting Statement section of the form to detail your suitability for the role, your motivation for making an application and how your knowledge, experience and training meet the person specification. 
  • The vacancy closes on 25th September 2023 however, early application is advised as we reserve the right to close the advert early should a suitable applicant be found.
  • Interview date: w/c 02/10/2023
  • If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role further, please contact Leann Beasley at LBeasley@ascotroadcfs.org.uk or 01923801559
  • Website: www.ascotroadcfs.org.uk. / www.daneseducationaltrust.org.uk
  • School Address: Ascot Road, Watford, WD18 8AD
  • E-mail: recruitment@danesedtrust.org.uk 
  • Danes Educational Trust Address: C/o St Clement Danes School, Chenies Road, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire WD3 6EW
  • Tel: Leann Beasley 01923 589699 / 07917 035962

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 Ascot Road Primary School

School type
Free School, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
385 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Thank you for your interest in at Ascot Road Primary School. Our school pledges itself to be a place where uniqueness is celebrated and all individuals will find safety and respect for themselves, their families and their way of life.

We are a happy and diverse school in West Watford with a dedicated and hard-working team focused on providing the best possible education for our pupils. Pupils only get one chance at Primary education and we want this to be the best it can be. Learning together, we respect each other’s values and traditions and strive to create an inclusive and safe environment that guides and stimulates our children to achieve through enjoyment.

Ascot Road is a community and we value our relationships with parents, helping us to ensure every child has an enjoyable and productive experience during their time at our school. Hopefully by exploring our website you can gain an insight into life and Ascot Road and some of the experiences we enjoy together.

If you would like to organise a visit to the school or if you would like to discuss any position in more detail then please contact Dawn Gamble (Recruitment Manager) at recruitment@danesedtrust.org.uk.

The Danes Educational Trust currently comprises nine schools: St Clement Danes School, Croxley Danes School, Chancellor’s School, Onslow St Audrey’s School, De Havilland Primary School, Elstree Screen Arts Academy, Jupiter Primary School, Lanchester Primary School and Ascot Road Primary School. Dr Josephine Valentine OBE is the CEO of the Danes Educational Trust. She was Headteacher of St Clement Danes School for 20 years. She is a National Leader in Education, a DfE Advisor and has oversight of all five schools. If appointed, you will benefit from working within an established, outstanding Trust

The Trust’s core values are:

• We value joy in working, teaching and learning together

• We encourage everyone within our Trust to feel optimistic about the future and how they can shape it

• We support all individuals in developing resilience to enable them to respond to change and grow as a result

• We value and support the wellbeing of all individuals who learn and work in our schools

• We provide equality of opportunity and experience for all

• We provide a safe and secure learning environment for all

Websites – www.ascotroadcfs.org.uk / www.daneseducationaltrust.org.uk

Cathy Elsley


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