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Learning Support Assistant (LSA) (in main school)

Jewish Community Secondary SchoolNew Barnet, Greater London

Salary: NJC 4 (£21,795) pro rata. Salary Scale NJC 4-6

Hours: Full time - 34 hours per week, term time only/40 weeks per year approx. (Part time requests will not be considered)

Required from: January 2022, or sooner by negotiation

Closing Date: 9am Monday 6th December

Interviews: Thursday 9th December, however early applications are recommended as we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.


Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again. Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition. The staff and leadership team includes different faiths and none at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a school like no other.

Our Results: We have a track record of outstanding academic results and our 2019 outcomes make us the 3rd highest-performing non-selective maintained school at both GCSE and A level according to The Times.  44% of A level grades were at A*or A, with over a quarter of the cohort scoring at least two A grades. Level 3 vocational outcomes were equally strong, with 70% of grades at Distinction or better.  At GCSE, half of grades were at grade 7 or higher, and a third of the cohort achieved at least 8 GCSEs at grade 7 or better.  Our ALPS grade is 2 at both A level and GCSE, and our ‘Progress 8’ score is 0.68. 9 students gained places at Oxbridge this year, and on top of this (as is typical) students secured places for Medicine, Art, Architecture & Media at prestigious institutions.

Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development. Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new teaching staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes, and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities. Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term. Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff*. Our website details a huge number and variety of staff wellbeing initiatives.

* (Children, Jewish and non-Jewish, of JCoSS staff who have a permanent contract of employment and have completed two years of service on the last day of the summer term of the academic year prior to application)

Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £50m buildings overlooking the Green Belt. It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links, public buses run past the entrance and a school coach service (available to staff) serves our whole catchment area. We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We have approval for an additional building, allowing us to expand our intake to 2017 per cohort, in response to significant long-term over-subscription. We expect to start building this academic year.

This Role:  Are you looking for a new challenge, perhaps working with students with a range of learning needs? 

We are a successful and highly inclusive school with a dedicated, supportive and forward-thinking team of learning support assistants.

Your main duties will be to support students with their learning in lessons and to work with them individually and in small groups. We wish to appoint colleagues who:

• have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills

• are able to work effectively as part of a team

• experience of, or interest in, supporting students with a range of individual needs

• are able to work full time, 34 hours per week

The position would suit those considering a teaching career (opportunities exist, for suitable candidates, to be sponsored for teacher training in the future) wishing to gain experience in a mainstream secondary school, or seeking a longer term post working with teenagers in a supportive role in a stimulating environment.


JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Note that we do not shortlist from CV alone.

For information, including an application pack, please click 'quick apply' or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on recruitment@jcoss.barnet.sch.uk 

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.

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