Learning Support Assistant – Colchester

Doucecroft School, Colchester
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Job Ref No. ECC0-132 Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: £20,348.40 per annum (Term Time only)
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 19/07/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: As soon as possible  

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Autism Anglia and Doucecroft School, based in Colchester, are seeking multiple Learning Support Assistants after some recent promotions. The Successful Learning Support Assistants will aim to inspire and encourage pupils to develop their knowledge and confidence across multiple educational disciplines, facilitating a supportive and safe environment for learning. This is an exciting opportunity that would be well suited to Learning support assistants who enjoy supporting students in both an individual and group setting.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity. Autism Anglia and Doucecroft School provide ongoing specialist training including leadership, autism-specific, curriculum and therapeutic training opportunities, supervision, and continuing professional development and support. A thorough and structured induction is also on offer at the commencement of employment.

  • Location:Doucecroft School, Eight Ash Green, Colchester, CO6
  • Salary:£20,348 per annum (Term Time only, plus additional days for training)
  • Hours:Full-Time Hours; 38.5 hours per week available

The school:

Doucecroft School is a vibrant, dynamic, and highly supportive specialist co-educational school for children and young people with autism and additional complex needs, aged 3 -19 years. Doucecroft has a"Good" Ofsted rating, where we provide a nurturing environment where students can thrive and grow in independence and self-esteem.

Offering bespoke, individualised education with a proven track record of dramatically raising the outcomes for the students who have completed their education with us. Our approach ensures that through our curriculum and delivery, we focus on delivering quality-of-life outcomes, with specialist therapists and professionals providing expertise in addition to the highly skilled education team.

All staff within the school are committed to striving towards outstanding, led by an enthusiastic and dynamic senior leadership team.

The role:

  • Provide direct support to our students in their learning environment in both a group and individual setting.
  • Taking an active role in a wide range of classroom and physical activities throughout the academic year; assisting and working closely with the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant to contribute to lessons.
  • Gain excellent on-the-job training together with continued professional development, support, and supervision.
  • Assist with the preparation for lessons, contribute towards and carry out schemes of work and Individual Student Plans (ISP) and Care Plans under the direction of the class teacher.
  • Keeping an up-to-date knowledge of each student's stage of development regarding assessment, communication, ISPs, and management program
  • Supporting the class teacher in planning and preparing for educational visits and school journeys and accompanying students on visits.
  • Working with students at lunchtime and supervising break times.
  • To comply with and promote to others, the policies and procedures relating to the school, specifically those relating to child protection n, safeguarding, health and safety, security confidentiality, and data protection
  • Potentially driving responsibilties

Applications are welcome from Learning Support Assistants with the following:

  • NVQ Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning is highly desirable but not essential.
  • Maths and English GCSE Grade C or above
  • Relevant experience working with students with autism or learning disabilities in an educational setting is highly advantageous.
  • Driving license highly desirable
  • By its nature, Doucecroft School offers an excellent work/life balance reflected by small class sizes and a senior leadership team who are committed to reducing the administrative tasks of its teachers, to allow teaching staff to focus heavily on direct outcomes for the students.

To apply:

If you have a genuine passion for teaching and providing excellent education to all, your outstanding future at Doucecroft School could be moments away. Apply now by clicking on the link below or contact Jenny Walshe at 01206 577 678 OR email Recruitment@autism-anglia.org.uk to arrange a confidential discussion.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and online checks.

Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who can meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working or reasonable adjustments to support them.

Information about the School

Doucecroft School is a specialist co-educational school for children and young people with autism and additional complex needs, age 3 –19 years. Established in 1977, we are experienced and successful in meeting the needs of students with wide-ranging strengths and needs, providing a nurturing environment where students are able to thrive and grow in independence and self-esteem.

Students can benefit from our flexible boarding provision or can attend school as day students and come from across the Anglia region and the London boroughs.

Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy are provided on-site by our experienced therapy team.

Doucecroft School is part of Autism Anglia, a regional charity working with children, adults and families affected by Autism.

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.

Information about the school

Contact Information

Natalie Dwan
Abbotts Lane
Eight Ash Green, Colchester
Essex, CO6 3QL
Telephone: 01206 771234
Email: recruitment@autism-anglia.org.uk

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