Learning Support Assistant

Cecil Jones Academy, Southend-on-Sea
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Job Ref No. ECC8824001-389 Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: 14,852 - £15,149 actual (pay award pending)
Position Start Date: 03/09/2024 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 31/08/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

Job Description

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Job Description

Post Held: Teaching Assistant / LSA

Responsible to: SENDCO

Liaises with: Class teacher and SENDCO

Main purpose of job:

To undertake work/care/support programmes to enable access to learning for pupils and to assist the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom.

To work under the instruction/guidance of senior/teaching staff to support the delivery of quality learning and teaching and to help raise standards of achievement for all pupils.

Work may be carried out in the classrooms or outside the main teaching area.


Support for pupils

1. To develop a knowledge of a range of learning support needs and to develop an understanding of the specific needs of the pupils to be supported;

2. To supervise and provide particular support for pupils, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities;

3. Taking into account the learning support involved, to aid the pupils to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on his/her own by, for example:

clarifying and explaining instructions;

ensuring the child is able to use equipment and materials provided;

assisting in weaker areas, e.g. language, behaviour, social skills, reading, spelling, handwriting and presentation;

helping children to concentrate on and finish work set;

meeting physical needs as required whilst encouraging independence;

assisting with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes;

developing appropriate resources to support the children;

providing support for individual children inside and outside the classroom to enable them to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.

4. To establish a constructive relationship with the pupils and interact with them according to individual needs;

5. To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all children;

6. To set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence;

7. To provide the necessary pastoral care to enable children to feel secure and happy;

8. To provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher;

Support for teachers

9. Assist with the class teacher (and other professionals as appropriate), in the development and planning of a suitable programme of support for pupils;

10. Monitor pupil's responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement as directed;

11. Provide detailed and regular feedback about the children to the teacher;

12. Contribute to the maintenance of children's progress records;

13. Participate in the evaluation of the support programme;

14. Promote good behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts and incidents in line with established policy, and encourage children to take responsibility for their own behaviour;

15. Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers;

16. Administer routine tests and undertake routine marking of children's work;

17. Support class teachers in photocopying and other tasks in order to support teaching

Support for the Curriculum

18. Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses;

19. Undertake intervention programmes linked to local and national learning strategies, recording achievement and progress, and feeding back to the teacher;

20. Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils' competence and independence in its use;

21. Assist with the preparation and maintenance of equipment/resources required to meet lesson plans/relevant learning activities to support the delivery of an enriched curriculum.

Support for the school

22. Be aware of and comply with the procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person;

23. Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop;

24. Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school;

25. Appreciate and support the roles of other professionals;

26. Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required;

27. Where appropriate develop a relationship to foster links between home and school;

28. Liaise, advise and consult with other members of the team supporting the children as appropriate;

29. Contribute to reviews of children's progress as appropriate,

30. Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance;

31. Prepare and present displays of children's work as required;

32. Undertake other duties from time to time as required by the Head of Primary Phase/Headteacher

Arrangements for appraisal of performance

The role of the Teaching Assistant will be monitored through the school's performance management programme.

Information about the School

Cecil Jones has been graded GOOD by Ofsted after a full inspection in September 2023.

As part of the Loxford School Trust we are able to work within a hub of schools, led by Loxford School, an Outstanding school, thus ensuring that our staff are able to deliver the highest educational standards.

This enables us to stay ahead of an ever evolving education system and a constantly changing society. The Trust strongly believes in developing students, so that they are able to achieve their potential both academically and as members of our community.

We work on the traditional values of respect, discipline and responsibility to prepare our students for the challenges of examinations, social interactions and the world of work. We want all of our students to find their passion and have the tools to pursue their dreams.

Our vision is simple, “that no child is left behind”.

Students are at the centre of everything we do and we aim to give all the necessary foundations for success by helping students develop the skills and attributes that will provide them with real life-chances. Students are expected to work hard and to achieve their individual best academically, to develop skills relevant to the 21st Century and to develop the self-confidence and sense of purpose necessary for success in a highly competitive global society.

Cecil Jones Academy will provide a safe, yet challenging environment where students can succeed and excel.

We will develop a strong pastoral system and curriculum to allow us to ensure that our students are happy, safe and challenged in all they do at school.

Cecil Jones Academy is an inclusive school and we pride ourselves on the fact that we are a family. We will work closely with our parents and our community in order to achieve the best for all in our school.

We aim to:

  • Achieve exam success for all – we want our pupils to have as many choices as possible, with a strong foundation of GCSEs
  • Ensure that every child leaves our school knowing themselves as an individual, as a member of a team and as a citizen
  • Create a culture of learning for life
  • Provide the skills needed for self-management, resilience and self-worth
  • Give opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom to enrich our pupils

We believe that every student has the potential to achieve greatness and will work with every student to ensure that they get there. Our school is committed to the success of each of our pupils.

Our website should answer many of your queries.

The Loxford School Trust and Cecil Jones Academy are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share in this commitment. This appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check and positive references.

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

Liane Thurley
Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea
Essex, SS2 4BU
Telephone: 01702 440055
Email: hr@ceciljones.net

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