Learning Support Worker, Wigan

Closing date:Expiring soon

The Holden SchoolWigan

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £16,500.00 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

Learning Support Worker:

Salary: £16,500.00

Location: Leigh, Greater Manchester

HOURS: 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Learning Support Worker to join our close-knit team at The Holden School, Leigh in Greater Manchester. Someone who takes a more creative approach supporting our teaching personal, would be perfect for this role.


About the School:

The Holden School is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 11, catering for children with a wide range of needs in Lancashire, Manchester and surrounding areas. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them academically and socially, to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.


About the Group:

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role:

As a  Learning Support Worker you will engage with an individual pupil, our students, teachers and support workers.  Being responsible for assisting, with day to day learning and social skills. The successful candidate will be required to work 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

The Holden School caters for children aged 5-11 and has an occupancy of 48 pupils. Our aim is to change young people’s lives and through the use of accredited courses, we will always provide our pupils with the best possible opportunities to succeed, beyond The Holden School.


Who we are looking for:

We are looking for a Learning Support Worker who likes a challenge as we see pupils that for the most, are reluctant and troubled learners or have been out of education for a little while.

No two days are the same at The Holden School, so we want someone who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and is motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent communication, interpersonal skills, the right kind of motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.


General Responsibilities:

  • To work either with an individual or small groups of children on educational activities.
  • To assist teachers in developing and implementing individual educational programmes.
  • To support and transport an individual and on occasion small groups of children on vocational college courses offsite.
  • To prepare materials and equipment.
  • To transport children home and on educational visits etc.


Essential Criteria:

  • GCSEs in Maths and English, grade C or above
  • Basic computer literacy skills
  • Able to work on a lone basis with an individual child on a 1:1 basis, to build a relationship and rapport with the child in a learning and educational environment
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexible approach to working
  • Ability to build relationships with children & young people
  • Driving Licence
  • Negotiation Skills
  • High expectations of others
  • Resilience
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Willing to undertake training
  • Ability to prioritise tasks


Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals onsite
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Employee Rewards Hub


This position is due to commence as soon as possible, of course subject to approved reference and DBS checks.  

Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website www.acorncare.co.uk

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply, please call 01942932540.

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.  We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone in our care.  A full application form must be completed with all employment dates and, gaps in employment accounted for.



More about The Holden School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Address: Firs Lane, Leigh, Wigan, WN7 4SB, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps

The Holden School is a new Acorn Care and Education special educational needs school opening in late 2019. 

The Holden School supports boys and girls between 5 and 11 years of age who have social, emotional and mental health needs. 

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