Learning Support Assistant
School
Gunton Primary Academy
Location
Gainsborough Drive , Lowestoft, England NR32 4LX
Start Date
As soon as possible
Salary
NJC Point 2-6 (£22,366 - £ 23,893) FTE

About the Role

The role of Learning Support Assistant is central to enabling excellence for all our children at Gunton Primary Academy. It is a role which has an influence on all children in the school, supporting all aspects of their experience within their school day- learning, play, transitions and routines. For the successful candidate we offer permanent contract starting as soon as possible.

Learning Support Assistants follow teacher’s guidance and direction for their role in the day-to- day teaching and learning provision for children, including those with Special Educational Needs, English as an Additional Language, those more-able learners and those eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant. There is expectation that Learning Support Assistants are able to respond to the needs of the children and adapt their support appropriately in a responsive way. Whether you are new to the role or have experience to bring, you will receive coaching and mentoring from experienced teachers and leaders in the academy and trust to ensure that you are supported in all aspects of what you do.

Therefore, we welcome applications from experienced Learning Support Assistants, as well as those looking for their first position in working as part of a school team. Our Learning Support Assistants are required to support all children in the school, including those with more complex needs. No role in our school is solely one to one support, interventions or class based- the needs of the children on a particular day always come first. Each of our Learning Support Assistants works with children with complex needs across the school day.

 In particular, successful applicants should have:

  • At least one years experience of working with children in the primary age range
  • Experience of working with children in a friendly, busy environment
  • An understanding of children with SEN needs
  • Level 3 EYFS qualification in play work/childcare
  • A current food hygiene certificate (desirable)
  • Paediatric first aid qualification (desirable)
  • Knowledge of child safeguarding procedures

You should:

  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have the ability to build effective relationships with students, parents and other staff
  • The ability to relate in a firm and friendly way with a wide range of personalities
  • The ability to use initiative
  • Be willing to undertake direction and guidance
  • Have a good understanding of behaviour management strategies
  • Be able to work as part of a team

In return we can offer you:

  • The chance to be part of a Multi-Academy Trust that genuinely cares about YOU
  • The chance to work with a supportive team.
  • An excellent CPD training programme with REAch2 and beyond.
  • A tenacious and courageous senior leadership team who care fervently about inclusion and promote creativity and thinking outside of the box
  • Fun-loving, energetic and enthusiastic pupils (and staff).
  • Proactive parents waiting to join us on our journey to excellence
  • Membership of a 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 of ‘perks at work’ – which includes discounts on holidays, shopping, family days out and much more.

Background Information about the School

This is a fantastic opportunity to join successful, vibrant, popular and happy school that is part of a large, dynamic and supportive Trust. You will be joining a school that has children from Nursery age all the way through to Year 6. We are very much an integral part of the local community, with great relationships with our families, community groups and other local schools. Our facilities are well-maintained and we have long-term financial stability and sustainability. For the last 10 years we have been over-subscribed and many parents have actively chosen to transfer their children to us if and when a space occurs.

Our ethos is very child-centered and, like our Trust, we constantly strive to provide our children with exceptional opportunities, not just within the classroom but also in the wider curriculum of our school. For example, raising over £2000 a year for national charities, winning local sports tournaments, writing Haikus for international competitions and interviewing our local MP, not to mention numerous performances throughout the year!

There are 3 key parts of our ethos: Grow, Persevere and Aspire. These encapsulate our purpose in preparing our children for a life of learning and to grow into confident, positive, responsible members of modern British society.

Our staff team is very friendly, skilled, experienced and highly-committed. We want someone to join us who believes that going that extra mile and making a difference to children’s life chances is a pleasure.

We are a caring employer who invests in the future of our employees, as only through their excellence can we deliver excellence for the children and families whom we serve. To see more information about the school, please visit our website Gunton Primary Academy

As a member of the REAch2 Trust, a national family of primary academies, Gunton Primary Academy is committed to raising standards and achieving excellent for all pupils whatever their background or circumstance. The Trust provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high expectations for staff and pupils alike. Gunton Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory written references.

Closing Date
Midday, Monday 15 April 2024
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,
  • Term-time only and flexible working
  • Membership of the 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 of ‘perks at work’ – which includes discounts on holidays, shopping, family days out and much more.