Learning Support Assistant
Hours: 35 hours per week (term time only)
Salary: £13,740 p.a.
Reporting to: Student Support Lead
As part of our client's dedicated and enthusiastic team, you will support students with a vision impairment, to effectively access their courses within one of their mainstream partnership colleges and on study days, in the college hub in Bromley.
They are passionate about promoting independence for students and work to the principle of “just-enough support”. If you are looking to develop or utilise your SEN experience within a small specialist team and in a mainstream setting and can demonstrate their values of Trust, Energy, Ambition and Motivation.
The Royal Society For Blind Children is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore, all posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service and 2 satisfactory professional references.
-A Levels, Level 3 NVQ in a related subject (e.g. Learning Support) or other Level 3 qualification.
-GCSEs or equivalent.
-Minimum of Level 2 Qualification in English and mathematics.
-UEB Grade 1 and/or 2 Braille
-Qualifications at Level 3 and above
Skills, Experience and Knowledge
1. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
2. Ability to think creatively and problem solve.
3. Ability to use basic ICT software, particularly Word, Excel and Outlook.
4. Awareness and understanding of Equality and Diversity.
5. Knowledge of how the support role promotes independent learning and personal development in the classroom.
6. Knowledge and understanding of student assessment, progress, evaluation and reporting of attainment.
7. Ability to work under own initiative and as part of a wider team of professionals.
8. Understanding and awareness of individual needs and ability to adjust communication methods accordingly.
9. Motivation to participate in ongoing training and self directed CPD programmes.
10. Flexibility and ability to work with students, following a range of programmes at different levels.
1. Experience of working with young people with Vision Impairment and other additional learning needs and/or disabilities.
2. Familiar with different communication aids and adaptive technology that aids student learning and communication.
3. Experience in an Educational or Care setting, in a support role.
As part of their dedicated and enthusiastic team, you will support students from a range of different backgrounds with vision impairment, to effectively access their courses within one of their mainstream partnership colleges or from the residential houses on study days.
You will promote the students' independence in learning, through production of adapted classroom resources, providing classroom support or supported study, for a range of courses.
Working alongside and in liaison with a range of specialists and professionals, you will ensure that the students’ experience is rich, varied and contributes to developing independence and emotional wellbeing.
Key Tasks and Main Duties
• Support the delivery of learning programmes delivered at one of our partnership colleges, or from the student hub on study days.
• Support the students to develop independent study skills and develop their independence in wider contexts, including travel skills.
• Have a clear understanding of individual student needs and strategies, applying these in everyday contexts, to support the students to fully participate in a range of learning and leisure activities.
• Safeguarding of students, understanding of relevant protocol, reporting concerns promptly following the College procedures.
• Use of ICT and other technologies, to adapt classroom resources in students’ preferred mediums.
• Build positive relationships with key staff at partnership colleges and liaise with both these and staff at Dorton College, to ensure student needs are met.
• Encourage students to make their own informed decisions and take responsibility for their learning, care and support.
• Track and record student progress and achievement within set timeframes.
• Implement individual student strategies, including mobility, learning, adaptive, medical, or behavioural strategies, to promote consistency and enable students to manage and take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour.
• Work effectively with colleagues, with mutual respect, developing positive working practice.
• Be proactive in self development and reflective practice, so the experience, outcomes and impact for the students is enhanced.
• Ensure that Equality and Diversity is embedded in all activities.
This Job Description cannot be considered to be exhaustive and other duties not included above may arise from time to time. On the understanding that such duties are commensurate with the purpose of the job and have been identified by the post holder’s line manager and advised to the post holder, then such additional duties shall form part of the requirements of this post.
Please apply online with your CV and covering letter.
Closing Date: 18 September 2019.
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