Learning Support Assistant, Meldreth, Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border

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Aurora Meldreth Manor SchoolMeldreth, Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £8.59 - £9.67 per hour (£15,537 - £17,490 per annum actual) linked to competency and qualifications. (Rates effective 1st September)
Contract term: Permanent

The Role:

As a Learning Support Assistant, you will be supporting the students with their education and also with their emotional needs, personal care and behavioural challenges. In school, you will carry out a range of duties, supporting all elements of learning from academic achievement and basic life skills through to self-care and personal development. The role will require you to be creative, patient and adaptive. Every child we support is unique and they will require an individualised approach to ensure that each of them has the opportunities to reach their full potential in a caring and safe environment.

This role is perfect for all levels of experience, and here at Meldreth Manor School we will work with you to develop your skills and confidence in the role. So, if you’re looking to develop your career within a unique educational setting and are passionate about giving children and young people life chances that will shape their futures, this is the perfect role for you.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

You will be crucial in supporting students with their learning, progress and personal development in all areas of the curriculum within a range of learning contexts including the classroom, the local environment and within the community

  • Helping young people with a range of needs, including PMLD, complex medical conditions, autism and challenging behaviour to achieve their educational and personal goals
  • Supporting the personal care needs of the young people ensure their privacy and dignity is maintained at all times
  • Supporting an environment that fosters equality, diversity and the rights of all young people to be seen as learners and be treated with respect
  • Placing an emphasis on support and empowerment of young people
  • Developing a greater understanding of disability issues and the values of Aurora and demonstrating these in the work place
  • Providing high quality support in all aspects of your work

Qualifications & Experience:

Essential

  • To be willing and able to work towards getting any relevant qualifications, attending training and to take responsibility for your own development.
  • Familiar with basic IT functions e.g. using Email, or willing to be supported to quickly learn these skills
  • Able to establish effective rapport and communication with others, by demonstrating respect for people’s dignity and providing compassionate education and care
  • Be able to adapt your communication style to the needs of the children and young people you are working with
  • Where necessary develop skills to support the children and young people through the use of sign and or symbols
  • Be able and willing to support students in the water during swimming or hydrotherapy activities
  • Able to write legibly and clearly so that paperwork and other records are kept appropriately
  • Be able and willing to support students with their personal care needs, including feeding, toileting and changing as required
  • Able to work supportively as a team member and confidentially when working independently, within a range of settings
  • Able to understand, apply and work within Aurora’s policies and procedures
  • Maintaining confidentiality in compliance with Aurora’s standards
  • Able to understand, interpret and deliver effective education and care and support plans based on a needs led approach
  • Able to work flexibly to accommodate the needs and choices of the children and young people.

Desirable

  • Learning Support qualification/Diploma in Health and Social Care or equivalent
  • Experience of supporting disabled individuals in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of working with students on the autism spectrum
  • Experience of working with students who may communicate by using behaviour which is considered challenging
  • Experience of working in a school environment

Benefits:

Be part of our successful team and also benefit from a generous package that includes:

  • Life assurance
  • Pension plan
  • High street discounts
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Paid holiday


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More about Aurora Meldreth Manor School
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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 9 - 19 years
Address: Fenny Lane, Meldreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6LG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1763 268000
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About our School

Meldreth Manor supports children and young people age 6-19 years who have highly complex learning difficulties and is one of the few schools in the country that also supports young people with complex health needs and associated diff...