• Part Time
  • Permanent
  • Term Time only
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • 19035 - 21043 £ / Year
  • 29 February 2024

Website Reading Borough Council

£19,035 to £21,043 Per year

Permanent, Term-time only plus 5 INSET days, 35 Hours per week

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and dedicated Learning Support Assistant, to start as soon as possible.

As a member of the academy’s support staff team you will be responsible for supporting the development of all children, including those with SEN/D and for whom English is an additional language, supporting their knowledge, understanding and skills across all areas of learning.

This may be supporting children on a one-to-one basis who have an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) who require significant intervention, supporting small groups or delivering interventions and additional support to children as needed.

This will be a flexible role which could be working with all children across the academy, from Early Years (aged 4) to Key Stage 2 (aged 11). The role also includes supervising children during break and lunchtimes, both inside and outdoors.

What we’re looking for

We welcome applications from candidates with experience from educational or other relevant childcare backgrounds.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be expected to either hold, or be prepared to undertake if needed, a full and relevant Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare as required to work flexibly across the Early Years, although this is not a requirement of the role.

We also welcome applications for graduates who are looking to gain experience before enrolling onto a teacher-training programme.

The successful candidate will have:

  • The motivation and passion to achieve the very best for the children with additional needs in our care and be relentless in the pursuit of excellence
  • A good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and/or a good understanding of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum
  • A good understanding of the range of additional needs that pupils can have and how best to support them
  • The ability to work independently and with initiative, as well as part of a wider team
  • A ‘can-do’ approach to all aspects of academy life
  • A willingness to undertake professional development and grow their skills
  • Excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour

In return we can offer:

  • A firm commitment to you and your professional development
  • Friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and hardworking colleagues, staff and Governors
  • A growing learning community
  • Encouragement to develop new ideas and the opportunity to make a real difference
  • Coaching and mentoring from the academy’s experienced Leadership Team
  • Fantastic trust-wide CPD opportunities
  • Vast opportunities for career progression
  • As a member of the REAch2 Trust, a national family of primary academies, The Palmer Primary Academy is committed to raising standards and achieving excellent for all pupils whatever their background or circumstance.

The Trust provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high expectations for staff and pupils alike. The Palmer Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory written references.

You are invited to submit an application form to Anne Higginbotham, Headteacher using recruitment@reach2.org

For further information please see accompanying documentation, visit the REAch2 website: www.reach2.org/careers or contact the school office using 0118 937 5481.

To apply for this job please visit www.reach2.org.