Job Title: Learning Support Assistant
Department: Additional Learning Support
Reports to: LSA Manager
Grade: Scale 4
Location: Cross campus
To support the education and care of learners with a diagnosis of SEN who need particular help to overcome barriers to learning.
To provide support for learners in order to promote access, integration and progression.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- To provide learning support for the learner in class or in withdrawal situations, either 1:1 or small groups
- To work with teachers, managers (Hammersmith IL Head, Ealing/Southall IL Head and Additional Learning Support Mainstream Head) and the learning support manager to complete support plans and other duties.
- To develop knowledge of the particular needs of the learner and seek advice from the Senior Learning Support Assistant, class teacher or other agency as required.
- To attend to the health & safety and reporting procedures for safeguarding of learners at all times
- To undertake continual professional development as required including the Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities and a minimum of Level 2 in Maths and English
- To aid access to the full range of learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom and provide modified materials as required e.g. worksheets, games, visual prompt cards, assistive technology etc. as needed and advised by the Senior Learning Support Coordinator, teacher, Ed Psych, SALT or other agency as appropriate
- Work with the Head of IL, ALS and the Learning Support Manager and other support staff and use specialist knowledge or experience to develop individual provision plans to achieve independent learning and emotional wellbeing for identified learners
- Assist with the planning and delivery of learners’ targets (or other learner-specific plans)
- Attend to learners’ personal care needs, including social, health, hygiene, first-aid administration, medication administration and welfare matters, as well as assisting to and from classes as necessary and monitoring during breaks where appropriate
- To embed the support of development of literacy/numeracy or English and maths skills in all classes
- To support and implement travel assistance procedures, policies and duties
- Monitor and evaluate learners’ progress and maintain students’ records with particular regard to learners with SEN
- Assist learning support managers in liaising with parents, carers and professional staff (such as educational psychologists) in order to promote the learning objectives of each learner
- Use initiative to develop and implement actions that will promote the integration of the learner with his/her peers
- To provide positive reinforcements, praise and rewards as well as positive behaviour support in line with statutory guidance
- Facilitate inclusion in small group activities with peers and support interaction between them, both in the classroom and around the college environment including accompanying learners on trips or travel training
- Assisting learners during work experiences opportunities both in and out of the college
- To provide regular feedback to the class teacher, Disability Coordinator and relevant outside agencies about the learner’s difficulties and progress
- To contribute to the learner’s annual review by writing a brief report and attending the meeting
- To work as part of the team to ensure that the wellbeing and personal development of the learner enhances their learning opportunities
- To attend in service training and meetings relevant to the post in order to keep up to date with developments in working with learner who have SEN
- To attend parental, department, college and professional meetings as required and arranged
- To maintain all records as necessary
- Any other duties as required by the College commensurate with grade and position
Method of Working
The College expects all members of staff to work effectively as part of a team, or teams, supporting staff and students, improving lives through, education, training, skills and development and fostering social and economic success, in line with the College’s overall mission.
Considerable importance is attached to the public relations aspect of all work undertaken by Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College staff. It is a prime objective therefore, that all staff will at all times project to the public the image of the College as being keen to assist wherever possible, and committed to the highest standards of delivery and service.
Equality and Diversity
West London College regards the promotion, embedding and effective implementation of the College Equality and Diversity Policy as a shared fundamental responsibility for all colleagues.
West London College is committed to safeguarding and prioritising the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment at work.
West London College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.