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Learning Support Assistant

Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)Kensington and Chelsea

Are you passionate about working with young people and having a big impact on the quality of their education?  Are you looking for a dynamic and fulfilling role that is varied and based in an energetic environment? If so, we have the perfect opportunity you for!

The role

We are looking to appoint up to four Learning Support Assistant (LSA) as soon as possible. The role can be a great platform for experience, especially for candidates who are exploring a career in education and want to be part of and have greater understanding of an “Outstanding” London Academy.  This opportunity may also be attractive for job-seekers who are looking to change their professional focus and want to apply their industry skills and knowledge into education.

The most important aspect of this role is that the successful candidates will have an intuitive ability to connect with vulnerable students and meet their needs in order for them to progress socially and academically.  Students supported by LSA’s have a range of needs, some with complex social and emotional difficulties alongside difficulties with their core academic skills and cognitive functioning.  Other students have high academic skills but struggle to understand social norms and struggle with their emotional regulation.    It important that whoever is appointed in this role has great inter-personal skills, works in an organised fashion with great communication within a team and independently and models high expectations academically as well as having positive social relationships in order for our young people to have those role models with people they connect with in school.

What KAA offers

Our Learning Support team is an incredibly valued part of our staff body.  We know how much our students benefit from the one-to-one support our LSAs provide them, both in and outside of the classroom.   For some students, the bonds they form with their key workers is crucial to their educational and emotional development and in some cases, can make a real difference to the experience they have here at KAA.

This role offers you the chance to work creatively with staff and students to focus specifically on the context you will have, given your close bonds with these students.  You will have the opportunity to get involved in many enrichments and wider-school activities, all of which are designed to expand our student’s education far wider than what they learn in the classroom.

There is extensive training at KAA for the LSA team.  Our specialist resource provision for autism means our staff receive a high level of learning from outside professionals as well as the management team on a weekly basis. Good practice is shared within the large LSA team and you have the opportunity to deliver a social skills session as well be able to deliver pre and post learning on particular lessons or learning material.

What you offer KAA

With a diverse student body, we are looking for someone who has the ability to motivate and inspire students to achieve their best.  You will bring enthusiasm and creativity to the role so that students, across all abilities, develop a love of learning despite the challenges they face. The ideal person will be a positive role model to our young people, exhibiting articulate communication, be an organised professional and committed to supporting disadvantaged students to achieve their best.

At KAA we have a proud tradition of developing and investing in our staff. This role offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience in schools, and previous LSAs have gone on to take up senior roles in the school, and teach in many of our GCSE/A Level subjects.

Interviews will take place shortly after the deadline.

The role is being offered on a term-time contract (39 weeks).

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