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Learning Support Assistant

Learning Support Assistant

Required to start 23rd August 2018


We have a post available to support learning at this Area Special School for pupils with Learning Difficulties (aged 3-19). It is an ideal position for someone wishing to work in a school to gain additional experience before following a career in teaching, educational psychology or speech and language therapy.


Learning Support Assistant post at 32.5 hours per week,

term time only (39 weeks includes five days training),

to support pupils’ learning


Salary £12,725.15 per annum


What we need from you:

  • Positivity

  • Good communication skills

  • Good team member

  • Flexibility

  • Resilience

  • Ability to work with a broad range of learners


More information about the school

The successful applicant must be committed to educating children and young people with a wide range of learning needs including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning difficulties, Moderate Difficulties and those with Autism (who may be functioning at high levels academically). High expectations of what all our pupils can achieve are essential.


At our school, individual differences are recognised and respected but are never seen as a barrier to achievement. By adapting the curriculum and teaching methods we ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to succeed both academically and socially. We also work with young people who have significant challenging behaviour and with those who have severe medical needs, and so candidates need to be prepared to adopt a problem-solving approach to the challenges that those young people bring. As a generic Area Special School we must be able to meet the range of needs within our local area, and to this end, we must be prepared to constantly examine and adapt our practice.


We have a great deal of specialist expertise and experience at our school. Therefore, we are able to offer induction, support and training to newly-appointed staff. What is important to us is commitment to our overall ethos and approach. Successful candidates must be willing to undertake training as required for the role.

We work in multi-skilled teams so good teamwork is essential. All staff have responsibility for ensuring the personal care needs of learners are met.


We operate currently across seven sites, and all staff are appointed to the school as a whole.


The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.


Dorothy Goodman School is seeking to promote the employment of disabled people and will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties under the terms of the Equalities Act 2010 to accommodate a suitable disabled candidate.


Dorothy Goodman School shares a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Our commitment is underpinned by robust processes and procedures that seek to maximise opportunity, minimise risk and continuously promote a culture that embraces the ethos of safeguarding amongst our workforce.


Closing date Monday 30 July 2018 at 09:00


Interviews will be held Week Beginning 13th August


Candidates who have not heard by 9th August

please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.


Please email applications to: anne.hare@dorothygoodman.leics.sch.uk

or post to the school address.



Application form/ Job Description & Person Specification