About the Role
Are you an innovative, exciting and reflective practitioner who can make a difference? Do you have high expectations? Are you passionate about providing an excellent education for all children, including those with additional needs and more confident learners? Are you looking for a unique opportunity? If so, we would love to hear from you.
We are looking for a highly skilled Learning Support Assistant (LSA) to support children within our academy. We are looking for people who are up for a challenge and want to get stuck in with all aspects of our academy life!
Sir Martin Frobisher Academy is a primary academy in Jaywick, Essex, with a current roll of 180~ children. Many of our families live on the Brooklands Estate in Jaywick Sands, the most deprived area in Britain.
We are pleased to be able to offer transport to those families most in need to ensure their children can attend school regularly.
Sir Martin Frobisher converted to academy status in Sept 2016 and now has a strong, committed and experienced senior leadership team, in place for the next 3 to 5 years, who are dedicated to moving the school forward, while ensuring the individual needs of all children are met.
The Academy has a high number of PPG, FSM and SEND children and all staff need to understand the complexity of this and of the unique community that Sir Martin Frobisher Academy is at the heart of.
New, evidentially-based, teaching and learning strategies have been implemented over time, and we are excited to begin to monitor the impact these will have on children’s learning.
The children at Sir Martin Frobisher Academy are lively and enthusiastic, and need the very best, and fully committed, practitioners.
The sense of community is developing, and we are hoping to move back to a Local Governing Body in September 2023, following our Intervention Board being invoked to hold all stakeholders to account.
About the role
As a Learning Support Assistant at Sir Martin Frobisher Academy, you will be line managed by our qualified SENCo. You will support children within the classroom and through small group or individual learning activities. You may also work 1-1 with children with additional needs. You will be welcomed and supported as part of an established team. We are a very happy and friendly school.
What we’re looking for
We are looking for an individual who would be happy working in Year 3 initially, but also Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 over time.
The successful candidate will have:
• The motivation to achieve the very best for the children in our care and be relentless in the pursuit of excellence
• Experience of working with children of different ages within Key Stage One and Two
• A calm, fair and consistent approach
• Excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour
• The ability to be a positive team player and be able to use their own initiative
In return we can offer:
• A firm commitment to you and your professional development.
• Friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and hardworking colleagues, staff and Governors
• Encouragement to develop new ideas and the opportunity to make a real difference to our children
• Coaching and mentoring from the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team
• Fantastic Trust-wide CPD opportunities
• Opportunities for career progression
Ideally you will also have experience of working with children with SEND. You will be able to scaffold and extend children’s learning and develop their independent thinking through appropriate questioning as well as being committed to consistency, inclusion and challenge. You will be part of a unique community as well as being part of the largest primary Multi-Academy Trust in the country.
The children at Sir Martin Frobisher need a stable and committed staff, who really believe in them and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure they receive the best teaching and the widest opportunities possible.
In return, you will see that our children are enthusiastic, keen to learn and rewarding to teach.
We hope you will take the time to find out more about our academy and experience our warm welcome. For further information about the role, or to arrange an informal discussion, please contact the Executive Headteacher, Mr. Simon Wood, on 01255 427073 or email [email protected]
Completed REAch2 Academy Trust application forms should be sent directly via e-mail to [email protected] as soon as possible. Early applications are welcomed, and SMFA reserve the right to interview exceptional candidates immediately, withdrawing the advert once a successful appointment is confirmed.
REAch2 Academy Trust have an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Trust’s online Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form separately.
REAch2 is continuously working towards improving the diversity of the Trust, and the experience for our staff from diverse backgrounds. We are clear that the value of greater diversity to the Trust lies in the way we will value difference when we work together towards richer solutions.
We are keen to hear from all candidates with the appropriate experience who feel they can make a real contribution to the Trust. If you can bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from an ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBTQ+, your application will receive a warm welcome. As will applications from all suitable candidates.
REAch2 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all adults working in or with our schools to share this commitment.
Enclosed in our application pack is a copy of our safer recruitment policy, which outlines the steps we take to ensure that we attract the most suitable, high calibre candidates, and to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuited to working with them.
We encourage all potential candidates to read this policy carefully in order to fully understand what is expected of you in our recruitment process. All roles will be assessed for the appropriate level of DBS check, which will include a Children’s Barred List check if the role meets the criteria for regulated activity.
• A wide range of professional development opportunities,
• A competitive salary,
• Membership of the generous Local Government Pension Scheme LGPS,
As part of REAch2 employee benefits we also offer an eye care scheme, access to an Employee Assistance Programme for you and your immediate family and membership to ‘perks at work’ – which includes discounts on holidays, shopping, family days out and much more.