Contract: Permanent - 37 hours per week, term time only plus inset days
Salary: BG7 £20,493 - £21,748 (Actual £17,843 - £18,935 per annum)
We are seeking a Learning Support Assistant who wants to make a difference to young people’s progress at school by enabling them to engage confidently and independently in their learning. We are looking for individuals who are able to take responsibility for interventions such as reading, writing, language or numeracy programmes, to enable students to make accelerated progress in these areas.
An excellent Learning Support Assistant (LSA) can have a huge impact on young people. They are aware of a young person’s learning and pastoral needs, can listen to young people and find proactive ways through their concerns and difficulties to enable them to make good progress, raise self-esteem and help them enjoy their learning. LSAs are firm and fair, maintaining positive behaviours in intervention rooms and classrooms to ensure the best conditions for learning. LSAs at Orchard School work one-to-one or with small groups of students mainly delivering literacy and numeracy interventions, but also social skills, speech and language development, and supporting with learning difficulties and disabilities. There may also be times when you are needed to work in-class with teachers to enable identified students with additional needs to access the learning as independently as possible.
The post would suit an individual with good Maths and English skills and competent IT skills, who is keen to make a difference to young people’s life chances. We are particularly interested in LSAs who have excellent English and are able to speak community languages. Over the past few years this role has appealed to recent graduates who may be considering a future career in teaching, educational psychology or social work. Previous graduate LSAs have found the experience of two years or so in an LSA role prior to teacher training to be invaluable. Experienced LSAs who have worked with literacy and numeracy packages are warmly welcomed to apply as well. We will provide any necessary CPD, and opportunities to grow to become the best practitioner you can be.
Orchard is a friendly school, serving a richly diverse community in north Bristol. Our students are wonderful – they value the school staff, knowing that you can make a real difference to their lives. The mission statement of the school, “inspire today, empower for life”, lies at the heart of all that the school does. We place no limits on our aspirations for our students.
- enthusiastic students, willing to learn and achieve, who need staff who believe in them
- a bright, happy place in which to learn and work
- a professionally stimulating environment which values the contributions of all staff
- a strong commitment to your professional development
- award-winning staff wellbeing and a warm and welcoming group of staff
Please read our Staff Prospectus to find out more about us, visit our website and explore our Ofsted report – we are a seriously good school.
We are building success on the core ORCHARD values of being: Open-minded, Respectful, Creative and Curious, Healthy, Ambitious, Responsible and Determined.
If what we are doing resonates with you, and you are keen to work closely with us supporting our students’ aspirations and achievements, then we wholeheartedly welcome your application.
Please read the job description and person specification carefully before applying.
Closing Date: Monday 16th August at 9am
Interview Date: Wednesday 25th August
This role has been identified as falling within the definition of requiring fluency in spoken English. You will be required to speak English with confidence and be able to conduct a conversation and answer questions for extended periods of time.
The ability to speak a community language such as Somali, Polish or Arabic, in addition to English, is desirable.
Orchard School Bristol is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The successful applicant will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.
We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.