Learning Support Assistant, Dartford

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The Leigh AcademyDartford

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Start date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £11,414 actual salary (C7 £15,356 full time equivalent)
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

About the role:  The Leigh Academy is one of the highest achieving state comprehensive schools in England and one of the most over-subscribed schools in Kent.  We are looking for a talented Learning Support Assistant to join us and be part of a team that is truly changing lives and positively transforming the local community.  This is an exciting time to consider joining us so please take a close look at the role details and if you feel you have the necessary attitude and experience then we would love to hear from you.

The working basis of this role is Monday to Friday during Term Time with one additional week of inset throughout the year, 8.15am - 3.15pm with 30 minutes lunch break.  

This role is ideal for those wishing to persue Teacher Training for September 2018/2019 as it provides you with first hand exposure to the classroom environment.  Leigh Academies Trust have a number of training options available.  

What we expect of you: To support our teachers to deliver academic excellence, day in, day out, with professionalism and enthusiasm. This will involve providing a comprehensive support service to the Academy including:
•    Assisting students with their educational and social development, on an individual and group basis
•    Providing support for individual students inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities
•    Assisting teachers with the maintenance of student records
•    Building and maintaining successful relationships with students, whilst treating them with respect and consideration
•    Helping to promote independent learning
•    Each and every member of staff, regardless of their position or seniority, is expected to participate in the overall running of the school and to act as a positive role model for our students.  In and out of the classroom you will encourage and promote positive behaviour and effectively manage any situation that threatens to impact on the progress of other students.

Working for the Leigh Academy:  The Leigh Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the community and our small school model ensures that each and every student gets the personal support and challenge they need to reach their full potential. The Academy is divided into four colleges: Brunel, Chaucer, Darwin and Da Vinci and each has their own personality and specialisms that make them unique.  

Overall the academy is a dynamic and exciting place to work and the fantastic leadership team are committed to making it a great place to work for staff at all stages of their career.  

Our award winning building and facilities are modern, light and airy and the open learning terraces and classrooms built around a day-lit winter garden give the academy a unique and special character.  It is also an academy that is conscious of its environment as it is brimming with sustainable innovations such as passive cooling, earth tubes and passive ventilation.

What are we looking for in you?  Applicants will have previous experience of working with young people, either in an academic setting or as a voluntary worker. You will be educated to GCSE level (or equivalent) in literacy and numeracy. You will be committed to personal learning and development, and have a sincere commitment to sharing our long-term aims and drive for continuous improvement. In return, we will offer you a professional and supportive team, a state of the art working environment and a genuine opportunity to develop.

Diversity at our core:  As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.  The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust. 

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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Green Street, Green Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1QE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1322 620 400
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The Leigh Academy is a mainstream, state-academy secondary school for children aged 11-18. It is situated in Dartford in Kent and there are 1485 pupils on roll.  The school is recognised as being one of the highest achieving comprehensive school...