Learning Support Assistant

Primary and Secondary Phase

Do you want to be part of a vibrant, diverse school community that offers equity of opportunities to a range of children and young people? Do you want to support children and young people to be valued members of the wider community? Do you want to develop children and young people to be successful in learning and life by developing their independence skills? If the answer to these questions is yes then Dorothy Goodman School could be the place for you.

We are currently recruiting for Learning Support Assistants to work with pupils across the school. Posts are available at:

  • DGS main school Stoke Road with pupils with Cognition and Learning needs
    • Pupils have moderate, severe and profound learning needs requiring personalised support to develop their communication and learning skills preparing them for their next phase of education
  • DGS main school Barwell Lane with pupils with Cognition and Learning needs
    • Pupils have moderate, severe and profound learning needs requiring personalised support to develop their communication and learning skills whilst building on their independent life skills
  • DGS Cleveland House @ HAJC with pupils with Communication and Interaction needs
    • Pupils access 60 – 80% of a mainstream curriculum at GCSE and A Level. Pupils are then provided with bespoke support to develop their social and emotional literacy in preparation for adulthood

Learning Support Assistant post at 32.5 hours per week (33.5 hours at Cleveland House),

term time only (39 weeks includes five days training),

to support pupils’ learning

Salary range depending on hours worked per week (as detailed above) £ £14,166 – £14,602 per annum

What we need from you:

  • Positivity
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience
  • Ability to build positive relationships with a range of pupils

What we can offer successful candidates:

  • Comprehensive induction training that develops skills, knowledge and understanding of a broad range of SEND
  • An understanding of:
    • The importance of aspiration for all pupils in education
    • Advocacy and how to ‘listen and hear’ young people
    • Teaching and learning strategies that support academic achievement
    • Cognition and Learning & Communication and Interaction and strategies to support pupils working at a range of levels
  • Support from:
    • Specialised Engagement teams to develop skills to support pupils
    • External professionals to develop an understanding of learning and meeting the needs of pupils (working with Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Therapeutic services)
    • Committed teams of staff at all levels across the school who understand the needs of pupils

At our school, individual differences are recognised and respected but are never seen as a barrier to achievement. By adapting the curriculum and teaching methods we ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to succeed both academically and socially. We also work with young people who have significant challenging behaviour and with those who have severe medical needs, and so candidates need to be prepared to adopt a problem-solving approach to the challenges that those young people bring. Our practice is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the school community.

Nurture and respect leading to independence are at the heart of our work and your commitment to our values and ethos as a school are crucial.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.

Dorothy Goodman School is seeking to promote the employment of disabled people and will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties under the terms of the Equalities Act 2010 to accommodate a suitable disabled candidate.

Dorothy Goodman School shares a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Our commitment is underpinned by robust processes and procedures that seek to maximise opportunity, minimise risk and continuously promote a culture that embraces the ethos of safeguarding amongst our workforce.

Closing date 20th September 2021

If you would like to visit the school please contact office@dorothygoodman.leics.sch.uk.

Visits are being offered on:

  • Wednesday 8th September 2pm & Tuesday 14th September 10am at Barwell Lane
  • Monday 13th September 10am Stoke Road
  • Thursday 9th September 10.30am at Cleveland House

All visitors will be required to wear a face mask and to have booked their appointment in advance with the school office.

Interviews will be held Friday 24th September 2021

Candidates who have not heard by 23rd September 2021

please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful

(please note that we are unable to provide feedback on applications)

To apply for this post or to find out further information, please see the advert on e-teach