Learning Support Assistant

Monkwick Junior School, Colchester

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Job Ref No. ECC2165-47S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: LGS Band 2 to midpoint
Position Start Date: 01/09/2019 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 17/07/2019 Midday Date of Interviews: To be confirmed  

Job Description

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Job Title: Learning Support Assistant

Job Purpose:

To work with the Class Teacher and SEN Co-ordinator to address the needs of children who need help to overcome learning barriers in order to achieve their full potential. To support the learning and provide for the care and welfare of students with special educational needs during school hours.

Main Duties / Responsibilities


Provide care and support inside and outside the classroom for one or more individual students during the school day, either within a faculty area or within a year group.
Develop close, caring and purposeful relationships with target student/s, and, where appropriate, offer support to other students in the same class as the target student/s.
Facilitate individual and small group work in the classroom
Assist students' language development with appropriate support for reading, writing, speaking, asking and listening.
Support individual students through assessments, tests and examinations, in line with the Monkwick Junior School procedures and as agreed with examining bodies.
Work with individual students on a one-to-one basis to develop English, Maths and social skills.
Assist with the students' personal, behavioural and social development through appropriate guidance and advice, within the context of the teacher's overriding responsibility for behaviour management in the classroom.
Take a constructive role in preventing/minimising the effects of emotional and behavioural incidents.
Accompany students with specific difficulties on trips or visits.


Work with teachers to deliver a differentiated curriculum.
Work with teachers to ensure supported lessons providing differentiated material for all students.
Support students' learning in consultation with teachers during lessons.
Assist staff in the acquisition and preparation of resources which will facilitate wider inclusion for all students.


Be aware of and comply with Monkwick Junior School polices relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection.
Be aware of and support difference and ensure all SEN students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
Establish constructive relationships and communicate sensitively and effectively with other professionals, teachers, parents/carers and SENCO to support the achievement and progress of students.
Support the school in evaluating their inclusive practice for SEN students.
To supervise at break and lunchtimes, facilitating games and activities.


Support the assessment procedures for all students entering the school, to identify those students who need extra help to overcome barriers to learning..
Support the implementation of Pupil Profiles and Pastoral Support Plans.
Monitor and report on the implementation of all Pupil Profiles and assist with record keeping.
Assist, as requested, in the preparation and review of Pupil Profiles by the SENCO or classteachers.
Observe the implementation of these plans and their effect in the classroom environment.
Support the administration work of Inclusion, including liaison with outside agencies.


Determine the need for, prepare and maintain general and specialist equipment and resources.
Help students access specialist learning resources as required.

Information about the School

Monkwick Junior School is proud to be part of the Sigma Trust.

Monkwick Junior School caters for pupils aged between seven and eleven from the south of Colchester. The majority of children live in the Berechurch ward although an increasing number are now coming from outside the school’s catchment area.

Our school is organised into lower and upper Key Stage 2 phases and was two forms of entry. From September 2016 we now admit three forms of entry in to Year 3 which will result in the school expanding to meet a growing cohort.

At Monkwick Junior School the aim is to instil into each child a love of learning. There should be quality and equality in all aspects of the curriculum and we aim to do this by providing a purposeful, stimulating environment in which the children can become more independent learners.

The school is committed to high standards and to achieve these, pupils are involved in planned programmes of learning, catering for a range of ability and aptitude. Pupils enter with standards that are well below the national average and with many barriers to learning. Monkwick has established an effective Pastoral Team to overcome those barriers to learning and to support families and the community.

The secure caring environment in school should allow children to feel accepted and valued as individual people and increase their feeling of self-worth. We celebrate children’s achievements in a variety of ways, encouraging them to develop their full potential. With an emphasis on sound social values, we encourage positive attitudes of behaviour towards others and help them to accept their responsibilities as part of a group.

Monkwick Junior School will embrace the values of The Sigma Trust to ensure that all students will fulfil their potential and transform life chances for all.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Information about the school

Contact Information

Sigma Trust HR Team
School Road
Monkwick, Colchester
Essex, CO2 8NN
Telephone: 01255 750913
Email: mjs.recruitment@sigmatrust.org.uk

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