Specialist 1:2:1 Learning Support Assistant

Paxman Academy, Colchester

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Job Ref No. ECC0-251S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: £23,038 - £24,664 (LGPS 6, Point 13-17)
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Fixed
Application Close: 14/04/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

Job Description

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Pay Range: Local Government Scale 6, Points 13-17

Actual Salary from: £23,038 - £24,664

Start Date: As soon as possible

This is a fixed term contract for a maximum of five years.

The Role

Paxman Academy is looking to grow its team of dedicated and skilled LSAs by employing an LSA who can support an individual learner in the school with complex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Type 1 diabetes. This will entail working directly with one learner for much of the school day.

Paxman Academy opened to Year 7 students in September 2019 and is a co-educational, fully comprehensive 11-16 Academy with a PAN of 180. It is a heavily oversubscribed school which is held in high regard in the community.

This post is 37 hours per week (32 hours + 5 hours weekly to support extracurricular participation and CPD), 39 weeks per year (term time plus non-pupil days).

The position is to support an individual student at Paxman Academy and is conditional to the child and/or their IHCP continuing. Should either of these conditions change, the post will be reconsidered.

We would be happy to accept applications from candidates wishing to undertake a part time role, such as mornings only or afternoons only. We will also be looking for candidates who are willing to work flexibly beyond the school day to support learners in planned after school activities when required.

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Being trained to gain understanding of the learner's individual needs and the provision in place to meet these needs
  • Ensuring that specific SEND provision within the classroom and SEND specific interventions are implemented effectively under the direction of teaching staff and the SENDCo
  • Support teaching staff and the SENDCo to monitor the learner's progress through effective communication and collaboration.
  • Provide consistent support for a learner with complex SEND needs, including type 1 diabetes, under the direction and supervision of a qualified teacher and through following an Individual Health Care Plans (IHCP)
  • Clear record keeping to monitor medical needs as outlined within the IHCP
  • Effective Communication with colleagues and ability to contribute to progress meetings as required
  • Promote positive behaviour, raising esteem and encouraging an aspirational culture
  • Work to foster independent learning skills
  • Further duties to be tailored to need, relating to applicant skill-set and direction of the Headteacher.

We're looking for you if you have:

  • Successful recent experience of working with children in an educational setting
  • Educated to NVQ Level 2 or equivalent
  • Supported students with complex medical needs (including T1 diabetes), or be willing to undertake training and follow Individual Healthcare Plan (IHCP) requirements
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in working with learners with Autism and other neurodiverse conditions.
  • We are happy to consider applicants who have worked in other sectors with transferrable skills.

(The full details can be found in the attached Job Outline and Role Specification).

Why work for The Sigma Trust, Paxman Academy?

We can offer you:

  • A Competitive Salary
  • Robust school CPD training programme that enables you to flourish
  • Opportunities to work with colleagues across the Trust to share resources, ideas and build collaborative relationships
  • Employee Benefits: Employee Assistance Programme, Pension Scheme, Perkbox, Cycle to Work Scheme and Discounted Gym Membership at selected local gyms

Please note that an integration period applies to all new staff joining the Trust, to support introduction into the organisation.

Additional Information:

For additional information about the Trust and this school, please visit our website www.sigmatrust.org.uk

To Apply

To apply for this post, please follow the URL link provided below:


Please note that only fully completed application forms will be accepted and any CV's and accompanying covering letters will be disregarded. A Notes for Applicants document is attached for further information.

  • Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 14th April 2024
  • Interview date: TBC

The Sigma Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records, online checks and other vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.

The Sigma Trust is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of any protected characteristics. This is embedded in our vision 'To Be Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts', where we believe we are strong and more successful working together, creating a workplace which celebrates diversity.

Information about the School

Paxman Academy opened in September 2019 and admitted 180 Year 7 students in the first year.

Paxman Academy is committed to providing an ordered, stimulating learning environment in which all students are encouraged to achieve their best. It is determined that all students should be valued through the provision of a broad, relevant, balanced and challenging curriculum that caters for individual needs; this is encouraged within an atmosphere of mutual respect. The Academy recognises its role within the broader community. It is determined to maintain a STEM focus throughout the curriculum and across extended learning opportunities. It identifies learning as a lifelong process and values the contribution made by parents and others to the creation of a partnership. Within this partnership, and through learning opportunities provided, students will develop skills, attitudes and values that prepare them to accept the challenges and responsibilities of adult life.

Paxman Academy embraces the values of The Sigma Trust to ensure that all students will fulfil their potential and transform life chances for all.

Safeguarding The Sigma Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records, online checks and other vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.

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

Sigma Trust HR Team
Paxman Avenue, Colchester
Essex, CO2 9DQ
Telephone: 01255 750913
Email: pax.recruitment@sigmatrust.org.uk

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