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Learning Support Assistant

Closing Date: June 22, 2018 12:00

Location: Ayrton Primary Academy - (Portsmouth)

Salary: Ark Support Scale Band 3 £15,185 - £16,725 (actual salary £12,041 - £13,252)

Hours: Term time only

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Learning Support Assistant

Supporting you to be the best that you can be

At Ark Ayrton, we encourage all members of the school to work towards giving our pupils the best possible start in life. Join us in shaping brighter futures including your own.

We are looking to recruit 3 Learning Support Assistants, initially on a fixed term contract for 1 year, 32.5 hours per week, term time only. You will play a pivotal role in a committed team and make a real impact on the outcomes of our pupils.

 Working with partners such as the local food bank and Portsmouth FC, Ayrton is at the very heart of the local community and we pride ourselves on our strong relationships with pupils’ parents.

Our school is a caring environment, where staff are offered high levels of support. Senior leaders have an “open-door policy” and successes are always recognised and celebrated, making it a truly rewarding environment to be a part of.

Ark is one of the UK's most successful school groups with a network of 35 schools in 4 locations across the country, it is an international charity transforming lives through education. As part of the network, our staff can expect:

  • Access to a range of discounts through the Ark Rewards Scheme which includes reduced gym memberships, discounts at major retailers and travel loans
  • Twice as many training days as standard
  • Support from a network of 35 schools across the UK

Visits to the school are warmly encouraged; to arrange, please call 023 9282 4828 or email Please visit for more information on the school. The deadline for applications is midday on 22nd June 2018 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged.

Deadline:     Noon, Friday 22nd June 2018

Please note Ark Schools communicate all correspondence to applicants through their website and emails, therefore please ensure you check your email accounts regularly for interview details and other information. Also note that when using a "free" email account such as hotmail or yahoo, please ensure you check your "junk mail" on a regular basis as well as your inbox.

For some posts, we are receiving large volumes of applications, on these occasions we may close the post early, therefore you are strongly advised to submit your application as soon as possible

Salary:          Ark Support Main Scale Band 3 £15,185 - £16,725 (actual salary        £12,041 - £13,252 per annum

Start date:   September 2018

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Please submit your application by noon Friday 22nd June ensuring you have provided clear contact details for referees, including full name, address, telephone number and email details.  If you have any queries please contact Lynda Dunning on 02392 824828 or at

Job description: Learning Support Assistant

Reports to:         Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers

Start date:          September 2018 – Fixed Term 1 Year Contract

Hours:                 32.5 hours per week, term time only

The Role

To support pupils, parents, teachers, and the school to establish a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which children make good academic progress. You will be instrumental in our mission to provide every student, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life.

Key responsibilities

  • To support individuals and groups of pupils to help them learn and make good progress across the primary curriculum
  • To support teachers, parents and other colleagues to help create an effective and purposeful learning environment.

Outcomes and activities

Learning Support

  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the school, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Work with teachers to assess the needs of individual children
  • Work with the class teacher, Deputy Headteachers and SENCo to implement and review Individual Learning and Provision Plans and develop resources for pupils who have additional needs
  • Plan and facilitate small group teaching
  • Plan and undertake direction for one to one teaching and intervention
  • Observe, record and feedback information of pupil performance
  • Maintain record keeping for identified pupils/groups of pupils
  • Assist with the testing and assessing of pupils to determine their needs
  • Assist in creating materials for curriculum delivery and display boards
  • Assist with whole class teaching
  • Assist with behaviour management within and outside the classroom.
  • Assist with off-site activities and educational visits

Other support

  • Support the personal, emotional and social needs of the pupils by developing positive and caring relationships with them and recognising their personal achievements
  • Supervise pupils at playtime – engage in play and structured activities with them
  • Assist with follow-through for related services, e.g., speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy
  • Maintain pupil and family confidentiality
  • Attend regular meetings and training, as required



  • Work as part of the team upholding the school’s vision and values at all times
  • Undertake other various responsibilities and tasks as directed by the Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers


Person Specification: Learning Support Assistant

Qualification Criteria

  • Certified teaching assistant course or training (desirable)
  • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above
  • Qualified to degree level (desirable)
  • Right to work in UK.


  • Experience of establishing successful learning relationships with a variety of pupils at the relevant age
  • Experience of the role of a TA and in particular classroom organisation and management
  • Experience of supporting the planning and delivery of the curriculum.



Personal characteristics

  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil
  • Helpful, positive, calm and caring nature
  • Able to establish good working relationships with colleagues
  • Able to follow instructions accurately but make good judgments and lead when required

Specific skills


  • 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 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
  • Training and practice in Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read, Write Inc.’


  • 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.
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