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Secondary Teaching/Learning Support Assistants Location: South Wales  

Description:

As a temporary Teaching/Learning Support Assistant within various Secondary Schools the job purpose is as follows: -

To work under the direct instruction of teaching/ senior staff, usually in the classroom with the teacher, to support access to learning for pupils and provide general support to the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom, including preparation, and routine maintenance of resources/equipment.

Also, to work under the instruction/ guidance of teaching/ senior staff to undertake work/ care/support programmes, to enable access to learning for pupils and to assist the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area and may include preparation, and maintenance of resources and support to staff and pupils.

 

SUPPORT FOR PUPILS: -

  • Supervise and support pupils ensuring their safety and access to learning.

  • Establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs.

  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils.

  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.

  • Encourage pupils to act independently as appropriate.

  • Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence.

  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher.

 

SUPPORT FOR THE TEACHER: -

  • Prepare classroom as directed for lessons and clear afterwards and assist with the display.

  • Be aware of pupil problems/ progress/ achievements and report to the teacher as agreed.

  • Undertake pupil record keeping as requested.

  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate.

  • Gather/ report information from/ to parents/ carers as directed.

  • Provide clerical/admin support, e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money etc.

  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/ carers.

  • Provide clerical/admin support, e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, money, administer coursework etc.

 

SUPPORT FOR THE CURRICULUM: -

  • Support pupils to understand instructions.

  • Support pupils in respect of local and national learning strategies, e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3, early years, as directed by the teacher.

  • Support pupils in using basic ICT as directed.

  • Prepare and maintain equipment/ resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use

 

SUPPORT FOR THE SCHOOL: -

  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.

  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

  • Contribute to the overall ethos/ work/ aims of the school.

  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals

  • Attend relevant meetings as required.

  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.

  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school, break times and lunchtimes.

  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required.

  • To participate actively in supporting the principles and practice of equality of opportunity as per the school’s policy.

  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions and to comply with all health and safety legislation as appropriate and to comply with the school health and safety Policy.

EXPERIENCE: -

  • Some successful experience of classroom-based support work – voluntary or otherwise

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: -

• General understanding of national curriculum and other basic learning programme/strategies.

• Basic understanding of child development and learning.

• Understanding of some of the barriers to learning pupils may face.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: -

  • Able to establish and maintain good working relationships with pupils, other staff and parents.

  • Have enthusiasm for helping pupils achieve their full potential.

  • Be able to inspire and engage young people.

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Able to use technology-computer, DVD, photocopier etc.

  • Administration skills.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: -

  • Like working with young people

  • Flexible

  • Patient

  • Willing to learn

  • Sense of humour

Successful candidates should have a good standard of literacy and numeracy and good communication skills.

This post is subject to a satisfactory up to date Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check and Under the Education (Wales) Act 2014, all School Learning Support Workers will need to be registered with the Education Workforce Council (EWC).

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