Learning Support Assistant, Kent

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Longfield AcademyKent

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Start date: 30th August 2019
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Actual salary of £11,019 per annum (£15,840 full time equivalent)
Contract term: Fixed Term

Have you recently graduated and are keen to put your skills and knowledge to good use? An incredibly successful secondary academy on the outskirts of Dartford have a great opportunity for a confident and empathetic Learning Support Assistant to join their support team.  Our appointed candidate will join Longfield Academy, receiving fantastic training and development opportunities from the off-set with scope to positively influence our students’ learning.

The role of a Learning Support Assistant involves working with students across Years 7 to 13 in a variety of subject areas, either on a 1-1 basis or in small groups.  Some students may have Special Educational Needs that you can support them with (training is offered in this remit), whilst others may need extra assistance from someone with a passion for the subject to push them even further. The students you will be working with are by no means behind in the subject, but need extra encouragement and support to ensure they understand each topic and to enhance their confidence within the subject.   

This role is ideal for Graduates looking to gain experience before commencing Teacher Training in 2020.  Every year, we support a great number of staff with their transition onto the renowned teacher training course delivered by Kent & Medway Training; we offer training in a variety of subject areas and can provide you with advice and guidance throughout the application process to the point of enrolment.  Extending your experience working with young adults you will grow in knowledge of not only the curriculum, but also how a school operates, the wider environment and you’ll be able to observe a range of teaching styles and techniques.  Contact Olivia Couzins (Head of Recruitment) to find out more – 01634 412 240 / olivia.couzins@latrust.org.uk

To be considered for the role, you will need to meet the following requirements;

  • Educated to at least Level 2 Maths and English, but ideally educated to A-Level or Degree Level 
  • Previous experience of working/volunteering with children/young people, or with a real interest in working with this age range
  • A commitment to motivate and inspire young people, supporting them to overcome any barriers
  • Good ICT skills and practice
  • 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.

The working hours are term time only, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am-15.30pm, Wednesday 8.30am-16.00pm (total 30.5 hours weekly) plus 5 inset days. 

In return, we will offer you a professional and supportive team, a state of the art working environment and a genuine opportunity to develop. As a Trust, we feel it is important to hire for the right attitude which is why we look for support assistants that are enthusiastic, focused and resilient to the day to day pressures that the classroom brings.

Working with us:  Longfield Academy offers a friendly and supportive working environment with innovation and collaboration at the heart of everything we do.  Following our most recent inspection (2018), it has been confirmed that Longfield Academy continues to provide strong educational outcomes for students.  Leaders of the academy are highly ambitious for all of the students but also that we do not limit that ambition to the outcomes of public examinations - our students being prepared for life is equally as important to everyone at the academy. The relationships that students have with the staff has been identified as a key reason that our academy thrives. Our Post 16 provision continues to go from strength to strength, rated in the top 10% for Kent.

The school is heavily oversubscribed in Year 7 and Year 12. Longfield Academy benefits from modern, state-of-the-art facilities for learning across all subject areas. We have a thorough and robust approach to school improvement and is well on course to becoming a truly Outstanding school.

Click here for a glimpse of what life is like working for Leigh Academies Trust and why we're so proud of what we do.    

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. 



More about Longfield Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Main Road, Longfield, Kent, DA3 7PH, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1474 700700
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Longfield Academy is part of the Leigh Academies Trust. The Trust also includes several other secondary Academies – The Leigh Academy, Stationers Crown Woods Academy, Mascalls and Wilmington Academy, a special needs school – Milestone Academy, and se...