Learning Assistant

St George's School, Colchester

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Job Ref No. ECC2001-74S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: LGPS Scale 3 Point 4-5
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time/Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 12/07/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: Week of July 15th 2024 Shortlisting Starts:  12/07/2024

Job Description

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Our wonderful school community is seeking to appoint an excellent Learning Assistant, on a permanent basis, to join our elite team. The successful candidate will work in partnership with colleagues to achieve the highest standards of learning and care for our younger pupils. They will be adept at supporting and inspiring children with high levels of need, and have the skills, patience and motivation to want to work with the most vulnerable in our inclusive community.

We will offer:

  • A very supportive and dedicated team of colleagues, committed to the effective inclusion of vulnerable children
  • A culture where the needs of the child are at the heart of what we do.
  • Continuing professional development in a community of skilled practitioners with whom to develop effective approaches
  • High quality resources and physical environment
  • Rewarding young people who appreciate the support they receive

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A passion for helping children, including those with high needs, to achieve well
  • Outstanding team working skills
  • A good knowledge of the current effective practice and strategies that can be adopted to support children with a high level of need
  • Creativity and confidence in remodelling the curriculum for an individual student
  • An effective pro-social approach to managing behaviours
  • Patience, calm resilience, and a positive outlook
  • Engaging relationships and commitment to developing the whole child
  • The ability to support vulnerable learners both in and out of the classroom environment
  • A cheery disposition, building warm and safe relationships

LGS Scale 3 Point 5 to 6, approximately £12.18 to £12.39 per hour.

This is a term time position, with attendance on training days required (39 weeks per year).

Working hours are 8:30am-3:30pm, 33 hours and 20 minutes each working week

If you would like to join our successful team, and have the vision and commitment to effectively support children with high needs, we would love to hear from you. Applications must be supported by a full and detailed personal statement explaining how you meet the requirements of the post.

Applicants should also complete an SD2 form and submit it with their application form.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed.

Closing Date : Friday 12th July 2024 at noon

Shortlisting Date : Friday 12th July 2024

Interviews : Week of July 15th to 19th 2024

Position Start Date : September 1st 2024

St George's School was inspected by Ofsted in the Autumn Term 2023 and was judged 'Good' in all areas. In 2024 we were assessed by the Inclusion Quality Mark and judged to be a 'Centre of Excellence'.

St. George's School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all persons at the school to actively share this commitment. All appointments will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance, medical checks and satisfactory references. All applications must be accompanied by a full personal statement exemplifying how the candidate meets the requirements of the post and the personal specification.

Information about the School

We are passionate about our school. Why? … you ask.

It’s simple really. St. George’s School is at the heart our community. It is a well-established school with a sense of pride, community spirit and values.

It is also a school which is proud to be pushing forward; trying to develop increasingly effective teaching and learning strategies that support all of our children … a truly inclusive place to be.

We are focused on improving many aspects of school life. We promote a love of reading for all children, grow skilled writers and mathematicians and support children effectively in both their learning and well-being. We aim to provide an engaging curriculum for all our young learners through interest, breadth and depth, and offer excellent facilities, including state-of-the-art ICT resourcing. Our curriculum drivers of Confidence, Aspiration, Resilience and Experience help prepare children to learn for life.

In recent years we have completed a new capital building programme which includes new classrooms, a new staff area, improved SEN areas and new libraries. Many of our classrooms are newly refurbished … lovely places to teach and learn! With capacity for 680 children, including our own nursery, we are one of the largest primary settings in the area, and provide a true team ethos in which to grow professionally.

However, we still have much to do and believe that by working in partnership to achieve a common purpose we can continue to provide a school that is at the cutting edge of educational practice. We are graded 'Good' by Ofsted (2023) and are an Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence. We have one of the highest value added progress ratings in the area.

So, as you can see, we really are passionate about our school and recognise that through enabling inspirational teaching, learning and leadership, we will set the school well on the way to improving further still.

The Headteacher and Governing Body

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

Carl Messer
Canterbury Road, Colchester
Essex, CO2 7RU
Telephone: 01206 506800
Email: team@stgeorgesschool.org

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