We are looking for an enthusiastic, empathetic and intuitive Part-Time One-to-One Learning Support Assistant with excellent communication skills to provide invaluable one-to-one support to an individual pupil in Year 6 who has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), helping him to access the curriculum and understand and complete tasks. This is a part-time position from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Monday to Friday (term-time only), commencing as soon as possible, once all required recruitment checks have been carried out satisfactorily. This is a fixed-term position until Thursday 09 July 2020.
Learning Support at Davenies is a whole-school resource – integral and cross-curricular.
Our small team of support teachers are not only specialists, but have additional expertise to enable them to adopt a whole-child approach and identify the underlying factors that may be preventing successful learning from taking place. Our support exists in class, in small groups and on a 1:1 basis.
Identification of a boy’s strengths and difficulties informs all involved so that learning can be a positive experience. We require assessment and intervention from additional experts occasionally, but, in such cases, we have trusted contacts to whom we can refer parents. External assessment reports are summarised and the information shared with staff so that appropriate differentiation for additional learning can take place.
The Learning Support Department works closely with the English and Maths Departments to build key literacy and numeracy skills, but also with Pastoral Heads in order to add a different perspective to matters since there are many things that can affect a boy’s behaviour or learning in school. Our friendly learning support team provides expert, practical and morale-boosting support to the boys in order that each child can learn and make progress.
Duties and Responsibilities
- To work under the overall direction of the Headmaster and to be accountable in the first instance to the Head of Learning Support
- To work one-to-one with an individual pupil within a designated form under the day to day direction of the Head of Learning Support or Subject Teacher
- To liaise and co-operate with parents, staff and others involved in the smooth, effective, safe and secure operation of the school
- To inform the Subject Teacher(s) or the Head of Learning Support of any significant observations or developments regarding the individual pupil
- To attend meetings between the staff of the school and the individual pupil’s parents and to contribute to them
Qualifications, Training & Experience
- The Applicant should have previous experience of working with children; previous experience as a Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant within a school environment is preferable
- The successful candidate will be required to complete child protection training online (arranged by the school) before they commence the role, where they have not already received training in the past two years
Competences and Qualities
- We are looking for an assistant who is an enthusiast
- The assistant should have a sense of humour and be approachable
- The candidate must assist the teacher in making learning enjoyable
- The assistant will be expected to encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect when dealing with boys, staff and parents
- The candidate has to be an excellent communicator – with children and adults alike
- The candidate must be able to work as part of the school’s team
- The candidate has to enjoy working with children, to be able to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children
- The ability to use ICT