Learning Support Assistant Reception (Lower School)

Saint Nicholas School, Old Harlow

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Job Ref No. ECC429910-18S Position Type: Early Years Pay Range: £18,050 pa actual
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time/Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 15/04/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: Interviews on a rolling basis  

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Required September 2024
Permanent, 37.5 hours per week, term time only
Actual salary £18,050 STN18 (depending on qualification level)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and driven learning support assistant, to join our supportive and successful LSA team, providing support for individuals and groups of pupils. The position is predominantly to support pupils in Reception but a willingness and ability to engage with pupils across the whole Lower School age range (Years 1-5), may be required. In addition, EYFS experience or a willingness to undertake training in EYFS would be an advantage.

Within the role, you will work with Reception pupils, and across the Lower School as required, and support and deliver interventions, supporting the SENCO in ensuring that quality provision is provided for our SEND students. You will also support the SENCO with administrative tasks including coordinating and developing resources for SEND students.

This is an excellent opportunity for candidates who are potentially looking to gain experience to progress into teaching and/or for those who aspire to work within education.

The successful applicant
Ideally the successful candidate will have previous experience LSA experience with relevant qualifications and be capable of establishing productive working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations. They will ideally have knowledge of the EYFS curriculum and be able to carry out observations and deliver adult led activities for small groups. They will have proven success working as part of an effective team and demonstrate the ability to show initiative.

They will be able to promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom and be supportive of students consistently, whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs. They will be able to demonstrate good organising, planning and have the ability to prioritise. We are looking for someone friendly yet professional, with a respectful approach.

The role is permanent, term time only, 37.5 hours per week including lunch break, 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Annual salary for the position is dependent on qualification level: up to £18,050 pa.

We offer a wide range of benefits to school staff including training and development opportunities, up to 50% fee reduction for children of staff (after completing one year), contributory pension, occupational health scheme, great career opportunities and free lunches (during term time).

Closing date for applications Early application is advised as interviews will be on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to appoint immediately. Final closing date 15th April 2024.

All applications must be made on our official application form, which can be downloaded from the school's vacancies page: https://www.saintnicholasschool.net/contact-us/staff-vacancies/

Please return your completed application to Davina Marshall, HR Manager at d.marshall@saintnicholasschool.net

School's history & background
Saint Nicholas School was founded in 1939 with a total roll of 7 pupils. By 1977, the pupil roll had increased to 140 and at this time the school moved from its modest premises in Mill Street, Churchgate Street, to the current location at Hillingdon House. Today, Saint Nicholas is a thriving independent coeducational day school catering for approximately 500 pupils aged from 2 ½ to 16, with a fabulous nursery for babies from 3 months of age.

The school is situated in delightful gardens and grounds which extend to more than 14 acres. Pupils in the nursery, pre-school, lower, middle and upper school are each housed in their own area, within close proximity of each other, enabling good access to shared facilities. The School is very well equipped with specialist classrooms, science laboratories, technology areas, ICT rooms, and libraries. Sports facilities include extensive playing fields, tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, a sports hall and state-of-the-art theatre.

The school is located close to London and Cambridge with direct train access to both, as well as being a short drive from Stansted Airport and the London Underground via Epping. You can find more about the school by visiting our website https://www.saintnicholasschool.net/

Key Responsibilities

This list is not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake other responsibilities and training as requested by your line manager. Key responsibilities include:

· To provide in-class support for individuals or groups of pupils, predominantly to Reception pupils, but a willingness to work across the Lower School may be required.

· Plan and implement Intervention Programmes for pupils and help monitor their progress.

· To participate in and contribute to the development of the SEND department.

· To support students with learning difficulties as required by Education and Health Care Plans, protocols for interventions and the school's strategy to improve student attainment across Key Stages 1 and 2. This will require working to agreed goals and objectives for individual or groups of pupils.

· To work collaboratively with teachers in the delivery of teaching and learning to ensure that students' progress and experiences are recorded. These records will be used to inform Individual Education Plans and Pastoral Support Programmes.

· To understand how pupils' learning is affected by their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and understand the stages of child development

· Providing some 1:1 or small group intervention work as needed.

· Helping support students during non- contact time.

· Keeping updated impact and intervention records.

· Contributing to parent/agency meetings if required.

· Contributing to SEND Team meetings.

· Taking part in training/CPD.

Saint Nicholas School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and other vulnerable groups and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff and volunteers, where appropriate, will be required to complete our safer recruitment checks including qualifications; references; enhanced DBS and barred list; proof of identity; right to work in the UK; overseas, EEA and prohibition checks.New employees will be required to submit a Staff Self Declaration form (referring to disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 as amended in 2018).

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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Contact Information

Davina Marshall
Hobbs Cross Road, Old Harlow
Essex, CM17 0NJ
Telephone: 01279 429910 ext 1
Email: d.marshall@saintnicholasschool.net

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