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Learning Support Assistant - Specialist SEMH - Actual Salary from £14,193

The Sigma TrustStanway, Colchester, Essex

The Sigma Trust

Specialist Social, Emotional and Wellbeing Support for the GROW Provision (Secondary) - Based at Stanway Youth Centre 

Pay Range: Local Government Scale 3, Point 4

Actual Salary from £14,193

Start Date: As soon as possible

The Role

We are seeking a suitably experienced and qualified individual to become a Learning Support Assistant for our Secondary GROW provision to work with children with social and emotional wellbeing needs.  

The provision will be based in the Stanway Youth Centre in the grounds of The Stanway School in Colchester.  

GROW for primary aged children is now a well-established enhanced provision across 3 quadrants in Essex.  More information about GROW can be found at

Secondary GROW will be an alternative education provision based on the same values and principles as the Primary GROW model.  It will be aimed at students who are transitioning from the primary to secondary phase that have been identified as requiring this form of alternative provision. It will initially focus on students who will be starting in Year 7.  It will provide each child with a personalised curriculum for their individual needs.  This will be monitored and reviewed carefully.   

This post is 32.5 hours per week, 39 weeks per year (Term Time, plus Non-pupil days).  The hours of work will be 08.30am – 15.30pm Monday to Friday.

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

● To support in providing high quality specialist educational support for KS3 children whose needs are related to social and emotional wellbeing;

● To support in enabling children to make demonstrable progress in their social and emotional development and with their learning, building on strengths and resources of the child;

● To develop, nurture and model positive adult and peer relationships in line GROW’s values and expectations.

● To ensure that all safeguarding and child protection matters are dealt with in line with policies and procedures and statutory requirements.

● To communicate with parents/carers to ensure partnership working progresses and regular purposeful reviews take place.

● To be able to work flexibly and creatively.

● To contribute to assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluations.

(The full details can be found in the attached Job Outline and Person Specification).

We're looking for you if you:

● Have NVQ Level 3 in learning support/behaviour support or equivalent qualification or experience;

● Are able to make a proactive contribution to the work of a team supporting children, their families and carers;

● Are able to participate in assessing the progress and performance and recommend appropriate strategies to support development;

● Are able to establish rapport and build respectful and trusting relationships with children, their families and carers and other adults

Why work for The Sigma Trust? 

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, Eyecare 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 716. Please read the Notes for Applicants document attached.

Closing date:  Midnight, Sunday 10th October 2021

Interviewing will take place: TBC

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 a 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.

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