Learning Support Assistants required at a College 14 - 19 year old students Responsible to the Head of Student Services via the Additional Learning Support Manager Job Purpose: The postholder will support individuals or groups of students who have additional needs (this may include sensory impairment, physical disabilities, Specific Learning Difficulties or those on the Autistic spectrum, medical needs, challenging behaviours and or students with learning disabilities) in timetabled classes and at other times such as coffee and/or lunch breaks, work experience placements and on residentials.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities To support individuals with additional needs to maximise their level of learning and work to make College a positive experience.
To enable and assist the students in meeting the challenges they may face on their programme of study, accessing the college campus and at activities the College offers.
To accompany the students to sessions and in conjunction with the subject leader enable student learning at the level appropriate to the individual.
To seek work experience placements, liaise with work placement officers to carry out Health and Safety Assessments, monitor, mentor, and coach; support students in and out of work placements.
To communicate with the Head of Student Services and Additional Learning Support Manager, subject lecturers and personal tutors, course managers or other agencies on issues relevant to the student’s life at College whilst showing respect for confidentiality and their dignity.
To facilitate independence during break and/or lunch times e.g.
feeding and other personal care support needs plus those students who need 100% supervision.
To prepare and maintain resources for teaching staff on Foundation Learning Study Programmes To oversee the administration of medication in line with procedures.
To monitor and report on the student and/or student’s support needs as appropriate.To provide support in College, in the community, and in the work placement as required.
To support individuals to achieve personal goals as laid out in the learning agreement or the individual programme plan.
To assist and support personalised programmes for social stories, and personal relationship training where appropriate.
To attend team meetings, staff development days and Annual reviews.
To comply with the College’s policies and procedures including Health and Safety Legislation, Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and those covering all aspects of Equality and Diversity.
To comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 ("GDPR").
It is the responsibility of individual staff members to protect data and to take all reasonable steps to ensure data are kept securely.
To read and be familiar with the Code of Practice June 2014 To carry out First Aid duties as required.
To undertake other duties appropriate to the level of the post as directed by the Student Services Manager, Head of Equality and Diversity.
Person Specification Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following: Attainments - Academic Advanced Level qualification at least.
Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning or equivalent or willingness to undertake study towards a qualification in Learning Support in the first eighteen months of employment.
First Aid at Work Certificate or willingness to undertake training.
Literacy and Numeracy at GCSE or equivalent ICT qualification Health and Safety Training for work placements Attainments - Occupational Six months’ relevant experience.
Skills/abilities and competencies Good communication and interpersonal skills; active listening skills and ability to be sensitive to communication needs.
Able to adapt one’s style depending on the needs of the student to be effective.
Able to monitor student progress against agreed objectives.
Prioritising activities and developing simple but realistic plans to achieve them.
Able to remain calm and polite no matter what the pressures.
Able to participate with other team members and contribute constructively.