Learning Support Assistant
An excellent opportunity to truly make a positive difference to the learning outcomes, and lives, of young learners.
Type of role: Full-time or 80%, permanent (or fixed term). To be discussed at interview
Holidays: 45 days (to be taken when the College is not in session) plus Bank Holidays
Starting: 22 August 2022
Welcome to Ada!
We are the Government’s National College for Digital Skills and are passionate about educating, supporting and creating the next generation of digital pioneers.
We are a growing college with a sixth form currently in Tottenham Hale, north London, and an Apprenticeship Programme based in Whitechapel and in Manchester, but with a new permanent home for both London programmes (6th form and Apprenticeships) in the heart of London a 10-minute walk from Victoria. We have a very diverse student body from a wide range of backgrounds and are committed to using tech as a tool for social mobility. We offer a supportive culture for students and staff and our excellent industry links ensure students are prepared for the Tech Industry and teachers and leaders get regular formal and informal CPD to support their teaching and technical knowledge and development.
Purpose of the role:
To provide high quality support to students with additional needs. To actively work under the direction of the Line Manager and teaching staff to support student achievement both in and out of the main classroom. There could be an expectation to supervise groups and occasionally whole classes for a session/lesson in the classroom or outside the main teaching area as required.
The successful applicant will be experienced in supporting students with a range of learning needs including challenges with concentration and retention of knowledge, and those who may have diagnosed learning differences such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and dyslexia. Some students will hold an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Good interpersonal skills are essential as the work will involve interacting with a range of different students with varying learning needs, as well as with teachers, advisers, parents and carers.
The postholder will need to have an enthusiasm for supporting the development and progress of individual students encouraging them to engage fully with College life whilst being motivated to contribute to the smooth running of our high performing College on a day-to-day basis.
Main responsibilities and duties
Support for Students
- Use specialist skills/ training/ experience to support students
- Establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
- Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom
- Support students consistently whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs
- Read the EHCPs and/or stored information for your assigned student/group and be aware of the specific needs and planned strategies for your learners including the delivery of programmes of work and implementation of individual targets
- Encourage students to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all students in activities
- Promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance
- Assist students who have physical difficulties in their mobility around the College and in ensuring equipment is available eg. accompany students leaving class early, ensure books/equipment are available for each class, supervise alternative activities where necessary
- Provide feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement
- To occasionally supervise whole classes as required
- When required, to support students with remote access to teaching and learning resources
Support for Line Manager and Teachers
- Work with teachers to establish an appropriate learning environment
- Work with teachers in lesson planning, evaluating and adjusting lessons/ work plans as appropriate
- Monitor and evaluate students' responses to learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement against pre-determined learning objectives
- Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required, to the Line Manager on student achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence
- Be responsible for keeping and updating records as agreed with the Line Manager contributing to reviews of systems/ records as requested
- Maintain running records for students with EHCPs to reflect the work that is being undertaken and contribute to formal review processes lead by the SENCO, such as termly support plan meetings and annual reviews
- Assist in the development and implementation of behaviour management strategies and promote positive values, attitudes and good student behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour
- Liaise sensitively and effectively with parents/ carers as agreed with the Line Manager within your role/ responsibility and participate in feedback sessions/ meetings with parents, or as directed
- Administer and assess routine tests and invigilate exams/ tests or act as reader, scribe or other suitable support role within the examinations process, following any necessary training
- Collaborate with the Line Manager and individual teachers to find appropriate ‘next steps’ for high need learners and support them with applications where they are progressing to external provision/work
- Provide general clerical/ admin support eg. photocopying, making lists, recording information, filing, producing worksheets for agreed activities etc.
- Under the direction of teachers, prepare the classroom for lessons and clear afterwards as appropriate
Support for the Curriculum
- Implement agreed learning activities/ teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to student responses/ needs
- Implement literacy and numeracy programmes and make effective use of opportunities provided by other learning activities to support the development of literacy and numeracy skills
- Support the use of technology in learning activities and develop students' competence and independence in its use
- Help students to access learning activities through specialist support
- Assist with determining the need for specialist resources and help to develop lesson and work plans where these can be used to best effect.
Support for the College
- Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security and GDPR, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
- Be aware of confidential issues linked to home/ student/ teacher/ College/ work and to keep confidences as appropriate
- Be aware of and support diversity and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
- Contribute to the overall ethos/ work/ aims of the College
- Deal with or report incidents which are seen or reported regarding students’ welfare
- Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
- Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/ professionals, in liaison with the Line Manager, to support achievement and progress of students
- Attend and participate in regular meetings, supervision and performance management
- Provide support with reasonable administrative requests within the Sixth Form team or more widely to support the college
- Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others
- Undertake planned supervision of students out of core learning hours, such as at open evening events or other occasions
- Supervise students on visits, trips and out of College activities as required
- Support and participate in whole College events and meetings
Continuing Professional Development
- Take responsibility for personal professional development in conjunction with the Line Manager, keep up-to-date with research and developments related to College efficiency which may lead to improvements in the day-to-day running of the College;
- Undertake any necessary professional development as identified by KPIs or the Performance Development Review cycle taking full advantage of any relevant training and development available.
- Be fully aware of and understand the duties and responsibilities arising the College’s Safeguarding Policy
- Ensure that your line manager is made aware and kept fully informed of any concerns which you may have in relation to safeguarding and/ or child protection.
- Carry out any other duties as may be required from time to time at the direction of the Principal.
Variation to this Job Description
This is a description of the job as it is at present, and is current at date of issue. The job description will be reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure that appropriate revisions are incorporated, and that it relates to the job to be performed. This process is carried out through discussions with Management. You are expected to participate fully in this review and, following discussion to update your job description as is considered necessary or desirable.
- Committed to supporting the distinctive nature of Ada’s mission, digital specialism and culture
- Relevant professional experience and/ or qualifications
- Good levels of literacy and numeracy so as to confidently support students with literacy and also with numeracy at Level 2 and 3
- Strong communication skills, to be able to work with a range of learners and other stakeholders, including parent/carers and teaching staff
- Experience and/or expertise in successfully supporting students with complex learning needs
- Competence with IT packages generally used in the classroom
- Recent and relevant professional development
- Willingness to further develop professional skill
- Ability to challenge, motivate and empower students
- Ability to recognise the needs of students and raise standards
- Ability to manage resources efficiently
- Genuine enjoyment of working with young people
- Commitment to inclusion for all
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
- Committed to working constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
- Committed to supporting and promoting the extra-curricular life of the College
- Boundless enthusiasm and a positive outlook
- Capacity to work very hard under pressure and to meet all deadlines set
- Personal integrity and the drive to do what is best for the students
Ada, the National College for Digital Skill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references will be sought from previous employers prior to commencing employment. Other related pre-employment checks appropriate to the post will also be carried out.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Ada, National College for Digital Skills recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to its strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the College’s commitment to equality and diversity
- To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity
- To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential community
- To ensure that all employees and prospective employees of the College are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction
- To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation
- To promote good relations between individuals from different groups
Applicants with disabilities
We are keen to increase the number of disabled people we employ. We therefore encourage applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application please contact HR@ada.ac.uk
How to apply
Please complete the application form and include a cover letter addressing how you meet the person specification and email them both to email@example.com. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, as they are sent in. A strong candidate could progress to the offer stage before the closing date of 7 July. We therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible if this look like the role for you!