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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 June 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    5 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type

Fixed term

Full-time equivalent salary

£16,218.00 - £16,489.00 Annually (Actual)

VI Learning Support Assistant job summary

We have approximately 1500 pupils in the Trust taught and supported by around 300 staff and we plan to grow the Trust over the coming years. Teamwork and collaboration is a particular feature of our Trust with staff working across schools to support each other, offering excellent career progression opportunities.

At Chantry, our school ethos is built upon our unique school values (which incorporate British Values), these include unity, respect, tolerance, and friendship. With high expectations and standards, exciting wow-factors and a book based learning experience, fostering a love of reading, we believe that Chantry offers an excellent educational experience for our pupils.

Chantry is a successful school which is a unique and exciting place to be. Children succeed at Chantry thanks to high quality learning experiences provided by our extensive and dedicated team. They also enjoy our creative approach to learning and feel secure in our caring school environment.

We would like to appoint a dedicated Learning Support Assistant to join our dynamic Visual Impairment Provision. Chantry Primary Academy has the only primary Visual Impairment Provision in Bedfordshire.

The provision is entirely inclusive and is extremely popular with parents, due to the high levels of specialist resources and support children access, to enhance their educational experience.

All pupils are taught in mainstream classes alongside their peers and are supported in lessons by Specialist Support Assistants who are overseen by our VI Provision leader, who is a Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment.

Your role as VI learning support assistant would be focused on meeting the needs of our visually impaired pupils within the mainstream setting of our primary school. You will be supported by our experienced visual impairment teacher and the VI LSA’s within the team. You will have access to a range of in-house training and VI resources. This role will help you to develop your experience of working with children who have a visual impairment. These children may also have additional special needs such as autism, that require more structured in-class support.

You will be supporting our visually impaired children within the classroom environment, in small groups and sometimes on a 1-1 basis.

Your role will be to liaise with the class teachers to ensure all classwork has been adapted and enlarged, to enable each child to visually access their learning. You would be helping children to develop their independence and life skills daily. You will take part in enrichment activities, such as horse riding and exclusive soft play trips to support the children’s social and emotional development.

Experience of supporting visually impaired children within a primary mainstream setting is desirable, but not essential as we offer in house training.

Hours: 30 hours per week 8.30am - 3.30pm

Monday –Friday – 1-hour lunch – Term time + 5 INSET days

Initially 1 year fixed contract with the possibility of becoming permanent subject to probation and funding

Actual starting salary £ 16,218 - £16,489 dependent on experience

Are you:

Looking for a new challenge in a different type of school-based setting?

Able to use your own initiative and follow guidance?

Able to think outside of the box and use a variety of adapted strategies to meet individual needs

We can offer:

A friendly environment

An extensive induction and mentoring programme

A school that has an excellent and supportive leadership team, driven by our core values and a firm belief that all children have the right to the best education

Children who behave well and are keen to learn

A strong, committed, and supportive team of staff and governors

Excellent CPD and career progression within our Trust

We have a dedicated staff team who are committed in assuring that all our pupils share our enthusiasm for learning and our values are reflected in all aspects of school life.

Visits to tour our school sites are welcomed and strongly encouraged.

Please contact Gemma Patterson- recruitment@pioneerlearningtrust.com/ 01582 706500 to arrange a visit.

Applicants for this public-facing post will need to demonstrate the ability to converse, and provide effective help or advice, fluently in spoken English.

CVs will not be accepted for any posts based in schools.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

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 Chantry Primary Academy

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
667 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11

Chantry Primary Academy

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