Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
School
The Palmer Academy
Location
Northumberland Avenue , Reading, England RG2 7PP
Start Date
1st January 2023 (or sooner by mutual agreement)
Salary
Reading NJC Range 3 (SCP 5-11) Full-time equivalent pay £19,650 - £22,129) £15,899-£17,904 (actual pay, based on April 2021 pay points, including 5.6 weeks holiday pay)

About the Role

As a member of the academy’s support staff team you will be responsible for supporting the development of all children, including those with SEN/D and for whom English is an additional language, supporting their knowledge, understanding and skills across all areas of learning. This may be supporting children on a one-to-one basis who have an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) who require significant intervention, supporting small groups or delivering interventions and additional support to children as needed. This will be a flexible role which could be working with all children across the academy, from Early Years (aged 4) to Key Stage 2 (aged 11). The role also includes supervising children during break and lunchtimes, both inside and outdoors.

What we’re looking for:
We welcome applications from candidates with experience from educational or other relevant childcare backgrounds. Ideally, the successful candidate will be expected to either hold, or be prepared to undertake if needed, a full and relevant Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare as required to work flexibly across the Early Years, although this is not a requirement of the role. We also welcome applications for graduates who are looking to gain experience before enrolling onto a teacher-training programme.

The successful candidate will have:
• The motivation and passion to achieve the very best for the children with additional needs in our care and be relentless in the pursuit of excellence
• A good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and/or a good understanding of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum
• A good understanding of the range of additional needs that pupils can have and how best to support them
• The ability to work independently and with initiative, as well as part of a wider team
• A ‘can-do’ approach to all aspects of academy life
• A willingness to undertake professional development and grow their skills
• Excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour

In return we can offer:
• A commitment to you and your professional development
• Friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and hardworking colleagues, staff and Governors
• A growing learning community
• Encouragement to develop new ideas and the opportunity to make a real difference.

We hope you will take the time to find out more about our new academy and experience our warm welcome. For further information about the role, or to arrange an informal discussion or come and take a look around with a member of the leadership team, please contact Cathy McKenzie, Office Manager at [email protected] or telephone 01189 375481 in the first instance.

Closing Date
Monday, 12th December 12.00pm
Application Contact
Trust Social Media
Location

The Application Form can be downloaded from the Documents section of this advert.

Completed applications forms should be sent to [email protected]

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.