Learning Support Assistant, Knockloughrim

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Focus School - Knockloughrim CampusKnockloughrim
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Start date: ASAP
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £16,500 - £18,500 DOE
Contract term: Permanent

Focus Learning Trust is part of OneSchool Global, one of the most extensive and progressive networks of schools and educational support services in the world. With schools in 18 countries worldwide, our 10,000 students are benefiting from the amazing results of global collaboration and cutting-edge educational methods.

Due to stable growth our team are now looking to recruit a Learning Support Assistant to join our Focus School Knockloughrim Campus. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly motivated LSA to provide support for SEND students and assist the Learning Support Coordinator where necessary.

Our schools offers achievement, opportunity and professional challenge to our students within a supportive environment. The students have a passion and desire to excel in learning. We are looking for conscientious and hard-working individuals who are passionate about education, pay meticulous attention to detail and who wish to maintain our environment to the highest standard. Our goal is to become a leading edge school in every aspect.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide in class support to SEND students under the direction of the Learning Support Coordinator
  • Organise and manage all necessary resources and an  appropriate learning environment
  • Assess, manage and deliver learning support to SEND students using knowledge and specialist skills
  • To act as a Key Worker for identified pupils, regularly liaising with parents and staff to ensure progress against Learning Plan targets
  • To work closely with allocated pupils, understanding how to motivate and encourage them to achieve and progress through the development of their Attributes, Skills and Knowledge (ASK)
  • Encourage pupils to interact and work co-cooperatively  with others and engage in all activities through support of their Attributes, Skills and Knowledge
  • To build and maintain successful relationships with pupils, treat them consistently and be concerned for their development as learners, supporting them and responding to their individual needs
  • Monitor and evaluate pupil responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies
  • Work within an established discipline policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence
  • To be familiar with the school curriculum, the age related expectations of pupils and main teaching methods for age ranges in which you are involved

You will:

  • Be adaptable, resilient and have a desire to make a lasting difference to the lives of our students
  • Have relevant qualifications or experience working in a school with pupils requiring additional support 
  • Enjoy being part of a supportive team
  • Be caring and enthusiastic
  • Have experience/qualification of working with pupils with Autism 
  • Have experience/qualification in reading intervention 
  • Have experience/qualification in a linguistic phonic scheme 
  • Have experience/qualification in dyslexia 
  • Respect the school’s Ethos and Values

In return we offer: 

  • Enthusiastic and respectful students
  • Modest class sizes
  • An already successful school with excellent and outstanding aspects 
  • A strong team of specialist staff
  • Support from colleagues within the network of Focus regional schools
  • New exciting concepts in education, which include Self-Directed Learning across all Focus Schools

For more information about Focus Learning Trust or specific information relating to our Campus please visit http://knockloughrim.focus-school.com/ or follow us on LinkedIn at Focus Learning Trust

For an informal discussion or to book a visit to the school please contact Chris Sweeney (Head Teacher) on 028 7964 5191, or email flt.recruit@focus-school.com for an application pack.

Closing Date for application forms: Friday 23rd November 2018

Interviews will be held week commencing: 26th November 2018


Focus School Knockloughrim Campus is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.

We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across the school. This is in line with statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and The Education Act 2002, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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