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Learning Support Specialist

Newland House SchoolRichmond upon Thames

We are looking for a Learning Support specialist to join our SEND department working half a day a week. The ideal candidate would be a specialist with dyslexia-specific qualifications or experience supporting pupils with dyslexia to run one-to-one and paired sessions for children with specific difficulties in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. An OCR level 5 qualification or above (or working towards one of these) would be an advantage. An interest in SEND and a desire to develop SEND knowledge is essential.

The ideal candidates will be required to work under the guidance of the Head of Learning Support using the strategies recommended in pupils’ Personal Support Plans.  

We are looking for a candidate who:

• Is dedicated, hardworking professionals with experience of working with pupils with additional needs.

• Has high personal integrity and professionalism.

• Has patience with a flexible approach and positive attitude.

• Has a respect for the school’s ethos, aims and values.

We offer:

• An excellent working environment with good resources

• Supportive colleagues and community

This post is part-time working half a day a week (0.1 FTE), from 8 a.m. to 12 pm. On a Friday.  You will be required to set and maintain high educational and moral standards, undertake other appropriate duties as may be required, participate in and support the school in organising its varied activities.  

Newland House School is a successful, flourishing co-educational independent day school for pupils aged from 4 to 13, based in Twickenham, in South West London. To give you a flavour of life at our school, please take a look around our website 

Applications should be returned to the HR and Compliance Manager by the closing date either by email to or by post to Alka Soni, HR and Compliance Manager at Newland House School, Waldegrave Park, Twickenham, TW1 4TQ. No late applications will be accepted. No agencies please.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview on Tuesday, 14 December 2021.

Newland House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The safeguarding responsibilities of the post include: 

 To liaise with parents.

 To promote the general progress and well-being of individual pupils.

 Encourage pupils’ participation in other aspects of school life.

 To be vigilant in preventing bullying and work swiftly to resolve incidents of bullying, following the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy.

 To promote and safeguard the welfare of the pupils.

 To maintain a constant awareness of all issues relating to child protection.

 To alert staff members to problems experienced by pupils and those concerned with the welfare of individual pupils after consultation with the appropriate staff.

This role amounts to regulated activity with children. 

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children."

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