Learning Support Assistant

The Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh

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Job Ref No. ECC4011-160S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Scale 4 Point 7 - 8
Position Start Date: 14/04/2024 Contract Type: Full-time/Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 05/04/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: tbc  

Job Description

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Job Description

The Sweyne Park School is the lead school in the Rayleigh Schools Trust and works with a local primary school, providing a 3 - 19 educational experience for the local community. The successful applicant will have experience of working with children, as well as the ability to work in partnership with class teachers to support pupils' learning in line with the national curriculum, codes of practice and school policies and procedures.

Responsibilities include:

Assisting the SENDCo in providing learning support for pupils with SEND.

Skills include:

· Experience of working in a busy and, at times, pressured, environment.

· The ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders

· A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office/Excel and Outlook.

· Strong organisational skills-ability to be proactive and prioritise work

· Understanding of the need to comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality and data protection

· Understanding of Safeguarding and child protection procedures

· Good interpersonal skills and ability to build effective relationships with pupils, parents, colleagues and external links

· Effective oral communication skills

Personal skills include:

· The ability to work both independently, and as part of a team.

· The ability to adapt to change, respond positively to challenges, and a willingness to learn.

· An understanding of the need for tact, sensitivity, discretion and confidentiality at all times.

· A willingness to be flexible with all reasonable requests relating to the role.

· Resilience and a sense of humour.

Experience of working with children with SEMH needs would be an advantage but not essential.

Working Hours

37 hours per week, Monday to Friday for 38 weeks of the year, with 30 minutes for lunch. These are normal school days (term time). Holidays would be expected to be taken during school holidays. There is a smart dress code for staff.


Pay is equivalent to £24,294 - £24,702 pa. As the role is during term time only, this equates to £20,314 - £20,656 pro rata.

Requests for part-time hours would be considered.

Closing Date for Applications: 5th April 2024

We reserve the right to withdraw this advert prior to the closing date for applications in the event that a suitable candidate is identified and appointed before that date.

If you have the requisite skills and experience to meet our criteria, we would look forward to receiving your application. To obtain further information please contact Kerry Wilby on 01268 784721 or via email at kwilby@sweynepark.com. To download an application form, please click on the link below.

The Sweyne Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant's appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced clearance by the Disclosure & Barring Service.

Information about the School

Welcome to The Sweyne Park School, we are a larger than average mixed, 11-18 comprehensive school. The School became an academy on 1st April 2013 and opened its Sixth Form in September 2014.

Our school is a safe and happy environment and central to our school is a belief in respect - respect for yourself, respect for others and respect for the environment. We believe that our focus on respect leads to high expectations and excellent discipline, and this in turn leads to the highest possible achievement for each individual pupil. In December 2018 we were the first Secondary School in the East of England to achieve the prestigious Rights Respecting Gold Award.

At Sweyne Park we are determined to provide first class teaching and learning for all our pupils. This aim is supported by our commitment to recruiting and retaining the very best staff, and our nationally recognised programme of staff training. We do our utmost to ensure our pupils achieve strong examination results and progress on to high quality destinations. We provide a broad and balanced academic curriculum with a wide range of cultural, artistic, sporting and social opportunities. We are committed to very strong partnerships between home, school and community members. We believe that the whole community can contribute to motivating and supporting pupils’ progress. In October 2017, the Sweyne Park School and Glebe Primary formed a Multi-Academy Trust, the Rayleigh Schools Trust (“The RST”).

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

Katharine Dines
Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh
Essex, SS6 9BZ
Telephone: 01268 784721
Email: admin@sweynepark.com

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