Ark Hastings Primary Academies - Ark Blacklands, Ark Little Ridge and ark Castledown– are popular and over-subscribed schools in the heart of Hastings. As part of the Ark schools network we are committed to making sure that every child has access to a great education and real choices in life. We know that great schools need great teaching staff, which is why we offer you the very best training and support at every stage of your career.
We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Individual Needs Assistant at Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy supporting a child in accessing their education. This role is fixed term, for the length of time the child remains at Little Ridge. It will involve helping to implement work programmes for the child, assisting in planning and the management and preparation of resources and supporting the child at lunchtimes. We can offer you a friendly, supportive school and opportunities for professional development.
The successful candidate will:
- have experience of working with primary aged children, including EYFS,
- have experience of working with children with SEND
- have experience of Makaton & providing visual resources
- have experience of supporting children with risk awareness
- have experience of supporting children with sensory needs
- have skills in Speech and Language
- have good literacy and mathematical skills
- be prepared to support with personal care as required
- be hard working and adaptable to change
If you have a passion for education, we can offer you support and challenge to develop further. By joining the Ark schools network you will gain access to an exclusive range of benefits including comprehensive CPD, training and best-practice sharing opportunities, reduced gym membership, large retail discounts as well as the unique opportunity to apply for international exchanges and other scholarship prospects.
Interested in this exciting opportunity? If you have any questions please contact Mrs H Zebedee on 01424 752266, or email email@example.com to arrange a visit to the school.
To apply please go to http://arklittleridgesprimary.org/vacancies. The closing date for applications is 9 am on Monday 2nd July 2018.
Start date: 1st September 2018
Contract: Fixed Term Contract for length of time child remains at ARK Little Ridge
Hours: 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Salary: £15,669 pro rata, £8.35 per hour (Actual Salary £5,590.83)
Closing date: 9am on Monday 2nd July 2018
Interviews: Thursday 5th July 2018
Ark Blacklands, Ark Little Ridge and Ark Castledown Primary Academies are committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
Job Description: Learning Support Assistant
Reports to: SENCo
Start date: 1st September 2018
Contract: Fixed Term for as long as the child remains at ARK Little Ridge
Hours: 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday
- To assist in ensuring the progress of a pupil with specific identified special educational needs
- To assist in promoting the learning and personal development of all pupils, including, but not exclusively, those with special educational needs.
- To aid the pupil to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on his own by using a range of techniques and strategies
- To establish a supportive relationship with the pupil concerned
- To support teachers, parents and other colleagues to help create an effective and purposeful learning environment.
- To support with personal care
- To promote the acceptance and inclusion of the pupil with SEN, encouraging pupils to interact with each other in an appropriate and acceptable manner
- To support the pupil with developing their protective behaviours and awareness of risk
Outcomes and activities
- To aid effective learning in groups and on their own by:
- Clarifying and explaining instructions
- Ensuring the pupil is able to use equipment and materials provided
- Motivating and encouraging the pupil as required by providing levels of individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks as appropriate to pupils’ needs
- Assisting in weaker areas, e.g. speech and language, behaviour, reading, spelling, numeracy, handwriting/presentation etc.
- To give positive encouragement, feedback and praise to reinforce and sustain the pupils’ efforts and develop self-reliance and self esteem
- To provide regular feedback on the pupil’s learning and behaviour to the teacher/SENCO, including feedback on the effectiveness of the behaviour strategies adopted
- To mark pupil’s work under the direction of the class teacher
- To support the pupil in developing social skills both in and out of the classroom
- To support the use of ICT in learning activities
- Under the direction of the teacher, carry out and report on systematic observations of the pupil to gather evidence of their knowledge, understanding and skills upon which the teacher makes judgements about their stage of development
- To determine the intervention strategies to manage the behaviour of pupils with behavioural or emotional difficulties with the teacher, and to consistently and effectively implement these
- Monitor the pupil’s response to the learning activities and, where appropriate, modify or adapt the activities as agreed with the teacher to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
- To contribute towards reviews of pupil’s progress as appropriate
- To provide individual support, as required, during assessment
- Assist in creating materials for curriculum delivery and display boards
- Liaising with class teacher, SENCO and other professionals about Pupil Support Plans contributing to the planning as appropriate
- Providing additional nurture support to individuals when requested by the class teacher or SENCo
- Meeting the pupil’s physical needs while encouraging independence e.g. helping the pupil to change for PE lessons or swimming, supporting with intimate care when required, helping with transition around the school
- To accompany teacher and pupils on educational visits
- Maintain pupil and family confidentiality
- To foster links between home and school, and to keep the school informed of relevant information
- Attend regular meetings and training, as required
- Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Executive Principal, Head of School and Assistant Headteacher.
- To be willing to support playground/break time supervision e.g educational games, homework clubs etc. (within employed hours)
Person Specification: Learning Support Assistant
- Certified teaching assistant course or training (desirable)
- Maths and English GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above (essential)
- Right to work in UK.
- Experience of establishing successful learning relationships with a variety of pupils at the relevant age
- Experience of working with children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
- Experience of supporting pupils in a classroom setting who have speech and language delay
- Experience of implementing a range of positive behaviour management strategies
- Experience of the role of a TA/INA and in particular classroom organisation and management
- Experience of supporting the planning and delivery of the curriculum.
- Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil
- Helpful, positive, calm and caring nature
- Able to establish good working relationships with children, staff, parents, governors and the community
- Able to follow instructions accurately but make good judgments and lead when required.
- Good communication skills, including written and oral
- Good numeracy and literacy skills
- Competent with computers and other technology
- Good administrative and organisational skills
- Able to lead intervention sessions for pupils after receiving comprehensive training
- Able to understand and implement particular strategies and methods to help pupils to improve their learning and enjoyment of learning
- Able to help implement the necessary routines and patterns to establish good behaviour management within the school
- Able to reflect, analyse and act both independently and collaboratively
- Able to deal with minor incidents, first aid, and the personal health and hygiene of the pupils
- Understands the importance of confidentiality and discretion.
Other desirable training and skills
- First Aid training
- Knowledge of EYFS curriculum
- Training and practice in Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read, Write Inc.’
- Knowledge of Makaton
- Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
- Willingness to undertake training
- This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.