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Learning Support Assistant - 32.5 hours

Paxman AcademyEssex



Pay Range: Local Government Scale 3, Point 4

Actual Salary from: £14,193

Start Date: As soon as possible

The Role:

We are seeking to appoint two Learning Support Assistants to aid students to learn as effectively as possible and to reach their full potential in whole class, group or individual situations.

These posts are 32.5 hours per week, 39 weeks per year – Term time (38 weeks) plus 1 week non-pupil days.

The daily working hours will be 08.30am-15.30pm Monday to Friday.

Job Purpose:  

  • Working with individuals or small groups of children in collaboration with teaching staff        
  • Proactively supporting students with activities designed to enhance numeracy and literacy  
  • Supporting SEN students in gaining the ability to utilise IT in the classroom        
  • Promoting positive behaviour, raising esteem and encouraging an aspirational culture         

Key Responsibilities:

Supporting students with SEN, Disabilities, More Able Registers, PPG or students who are not making the expected levels of progress.

To aid the student(s) to learn as effectively as possible and to reach their full potential in whole class, group or individual situations:        

  • Using questioning to ensure students have understood instructions as to what they have to do, what they will learn and what outcome is expected of them by the end of the lesson.             
  • Motivating and encouraging the student.        
  • Assisting students to remain on task and complete work – focusing on quality of work complete rather than quantity.     
  • Developing an understanding of individual student needs and methods of working.    

Supporting the Learning Support Team  

  • Participate in evaluation of the support programme        
  • Administration of student reviews        
  • Ensuring needs of new students are circulated to relevant staff        
  • Any other duties assigned by the SENDCo

Supporting the School  

  • Contribute to reviews of the students’ progress        
  • To attend relevant in-service training        
  • To be aware of school procedures


  • Demonstrate a commitment to keeping children and young people safe        
  • Report any disclosure made to you to the appropriate person        
  • Report any safeguarding concerns in the workplace to the appropriate person        
  • Maintain an awareness of the Trust policies in relation to 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 and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.


  • To participate in the performance and development review process, taking personal responsibility for identification of learning, development and training opportunities in discussion with line manager        
  • To comply with individual responsibilities, in accordance with the role, for health & safety in the workplace        
  • Ensure all duties and services provided are in accordance with the trust’s Equal Opportunities Policy

We're looking for you if you:  

  • Understand the importance of physical and emotional wellbeing          
  • Understand procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality        
  • Can understand and support children with developmental difficulty or disability        
  • Can use clear language to communicate information unambiguously and listen effectively         
  • Can resolve routine problems independently        
  • Remain calm under pressure and have good organisational skills

(The full details can be found in the attached Job Outline and Person 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, Cycle to Work Scheme and Discounted Gym Membership at selected local gyms

Additional Information:

For additional information about the Trust and this school, please visit our website

To Apply:

To apply for this post, please complete an application form, available from The Sigma Trust/this website and return it to quoting reference 816. Please read the Notes for Applicants document attached.

Closing date:  Midnight, Monday 6th December 2021

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.

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