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Learning Support Assistant in Horsham at Sussex Healthcare

Date Posted: 9/27/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description


Salary £16-18,000 (dependent on experience and qualifications)

Closing date: Monday, 8th October 2018

Interview date: Week commencing 15th October 2018

New Barn School is an exciting new development in special needs education. The school offers state of the art facilities in a purpose built environment and is set in the beautiful West Sussex countryside. The school provides excellent educational and residential provision for children and young people with Autism and associated difficulties. The staff team at New Barn School are committed to creating a learning culture that enable the best possible outcomes for its pupils.

We are looking to appoint an experienced, enthusiastic and nurturing learning support assistant to join the dedicated team at New Barn. This role involves supporting the educational and social development of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Difficulties and sometimes challenging behaviour.

This post is term time only, Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Minimum Level 3 Teaching Assistant Qualification
  • Experience of working with children with special educational needs
  • A passion for learning
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to motivate, engage and enthuse children
  • Experience of working with children who display challenging behaviour

The school can offer:

  • A happy, busy school with a shared vision
  • Training opportunities for continued professional development
  • A supportive teaching environment with friendly staff

Job Description

To deliver agreed learning activities and support pupil learning in a range of classroom settings including working with individual pupils as directed.

Main areas of Responsibilities-

  • Work as directed by the classroom teachers, senior teaching assistant and senior leadership team.
  • Provide support for pupils in and outside the classroom to enable them to progress.
  • Make effective and efficient use of ICT for classroom and management support
  • Be familiar and keep up to date with the school's systems and structures as outlined in policy documents including Health and Safety and Child Protection policies.
  • Be familar and up to date with SEN Code of Practice.

Equalities- Be aware of and support difference and ensure that the school's equalities and diversity policies are followed.

Health and Safety- Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection and report all concerns to an appropriate person.

Criminal Records Bureau- This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children and vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Criminal records Bureau as part of Treehouse Educare's pre employment checks.

Additional Information- The jobholder is required to contribute to and support the overall aims and ethos of the school. All staff are required to participate in training and other learning activities and in performance management and development as required by the school's policies and practices.

This job description may be amended at any appropriate time, following consultation between the deputy head teacher and the post holder.


Communication and engagement with children and their families

  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers, exchange information, facilitate their support for their child's attendance, access and learning and support home to school and community links.
  • Provide advice and guidance as required and appropriate
  • Develop and use effective communication systems appropriate to audience
  • Provide support and encouragement to children and young people

Teaching, Learning and Class Management

  • Deliver learning activities to pupils within agreed system of supervision, adjusting activities according to pupil responses/needs.
  • Monitor and evaluate pupil responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies against pre-determined learning objectives.
  • Take an appropriate role in the development and implementation of apprpriate behaviour management strategies.
  • Provide objective accurate feedback and reports as required on pupil achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence.
  • Work with the school's agreed behaviour policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self control and independance.
  • Challenge and motivate pupils, promote and reinforce self-esteem.
  • Participate in the marking of pupils' work and accurately record acheivement/progress.
  • Encourage children to value their experiences and knowledge.

Multi agency worker- Support the school in playing an appropriate part in establishing constructive relationships and lines of communication with other agencies and professionals, to support achievement and progress of pupils.

Personal- Take responsibility for your own professional development. Activiely engage with the performance management process.

Treehouse Educare are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be requested for the successful candidate in accordance with Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education legislation.

Treehouse Educare is committed to equality of opportunity. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Apply and join Sussex Healthcare!