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Learning Support Assistant

  • Job title: Learning Support Assistant
  • Job Type: Part-time
  • Salary: £13,823 - £25,628 per annum
  • Department: Pre-Prep
  • Reporting to: Pre-Prep Principal
  • Location: Highgate, North London
  • Start: September 2023
  • Closing Date: 17 April 2023 at 9:00 am
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Are you enthusiastic about supporting pupils and thrive in a dynamic and engaging learning environment?

We are seeking a skilled and motivated individual to join our friendly Pre-Prep School as a Learning Support Assistant. Under the direction of our Learning Support Teacher and Deputy Principals, you will help pupils achieve their full potential through tailored individual and small group support.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work in a stimulating school where you can make a meaningful impact on the development of our young children. You will be trained in specific learning support interventions to develop your teaching, with responsibilities in a range of classroom and non-classroom duties, ensuring a holistic learning experience for our pupils.

The Department

Highgate Pre-Preparatory School is an academically selective, coeducational school with approximately 160 pupils. In 2021 we began the transition to a three-form entry and by the September 2023 intake, we will be a three-form entry school from Reception to Year 2 (180 pupils altogether).

Teachers enjoy a collaborative approach to teaching and learning and all class teachers are expected to lead a subject across the Pre-Preparatory School. Teachers work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team to drive standards within their area and significant professional development opportunities are offered to Subject Leads. For teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the School.

The Pre-Preparatory School is housed in its own building in Bishopswood Road, Highgate, adjacent to the School’s playing fields. The Pre-Preparatory building was recently extended to provide additional classrooms, a new library and a medical room.

Job Description

The Curriculum and Children’s Learning

  • Assist with various components of the curriculum and provide personalised support to both individuals and groups of children, to aid the development of their abilities in mathematics, literacy, and emotional well-being.
  • Liaise with the Learning Support Teacher and Class Teachers about how best to support children.
  • Together with the Learning Support Teacher, help to monitor children’s progress and keep careful records.

Learning Environment and Resources

  • Help to provide a stimulating learning environment for the children under the direction of the Learning Support Teacher
  • Welcome the children on arrival and assist with settling them in. Relay to teachers any messages given by parents
  • File learning in children’s books and prepare resources for sessions
  • Keep records of learning and share these with the Learning Support Teacher and Class Teachers as necessary
  • Prepare and photocopy worksheets for use in school and at home
  • Make use of the school’s digital platform to share children’s work with parents.

Care of Children in the School

  • Take care of children in the classroom and school building; comfort them when they are sick and distressed; assisting them with washing or cleaning when necessary (e.g. after being sick); encourage independence in dressing; give individual attention when it is needed.
  • Administer basic first aid when the children are hurt and record such incidents in the School’s accident book.
  • Encourage good discipline and behaviour both in and out of the classroom, in accordance with the School’s policy.
  • Observe any children closely, and report any incidences of aggressive or anti-social behaviour, or any other concerns about individuals, to the class teacher.

Care of Children in the Dining Hall and Main Playground

  • Provide continuity of care for the children during breaks; accompany children to the dining room.
  • If required, organise and supervise activities in the playground, including games and quiet activities; help children acquire strategies for coping with the playground environment; make sure that they are safe, obey the playground rules and learn the arts of co-operation and fair play.

Assessment and Record Keeping

  • Make observations of the children’s play and behaviour and discuss any significant matters with the Learning Support Teacher and Class Teachers.

Parents

  • Welcome parents who visit the classroom and work closely with them.
  • Liaise with parents over day-to-day matters and relay messages to the Class Teachers.

Accompanying Children

  • If necessary, take children to the Mallinson Sports Centre and help them to prepare for Sport and Exercise and swimming lessons; accompany small groups of children on walks; develop their interest in their local environment; assist on school visits and outings; all in accordance with the guidelines set out in the School’s health and safety document.

Team Work

  • Provide reliable support for the Learning Support Teacher; keep them informed of all matters that affect the children; join in professional discussions; be willing to work with other teachers and children.
  • Assist with plays and productions, Sports Day, concerts, Open Days and other school events if required.
  • Accompany classes on outings.
  • If required, undertake to help within the broader context of the School, carrying out other reasonable duties to support its smooth and efficient organisation.
Person Specification
  • Criteria
  • How will these be tested or verified?
  • Experience
  • Essential
    • Previous experience in a similar role.
  • Ability / Skills
  • Essential
    • The ability to establish good relations with colleagues and pupils.
    • Awareness and understanding of safeguarding and welfare of children.
  • Personal Attributes
  • Essential
    • Committed to providing a quality learning experience for our pupils.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Benefits

Location | Highgate Village, adjacent to Hampstead Heath, with quaint shops and easy connections across London.

Pension | AVIVA workplace pension scheme offered – 21% employer contribution, with the ability to flex up to 11% of this as additional non-pensionable salary, employees contribute a minimum of 5%.

Personal development | Comprehensive induction support for new staff. Focus on continued professional development for all employees.

Leisure facilities | Free access, at stipulated times, to our sports facilities, including a fitness suite and swimming pool (recently refurbished).

Holidays | Generous holiday allowance of 33 days (including bank holidays) for full-time staff. Most holidays will be taken during school holiday periods.

Lunch | A complimentary lunch including hot meals, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and dessert.

Help with sustainable travel  | Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and a Season Ticket Loan scheme for public transport.

Family-friendly policies | Highgate appreciates that employees sometimes have family commitments so we try to be as supportive as possible, for example with enhanced maternity pay (8 weeks’ full pay, then 10 weeks’ half pay) and paid dependant leave.


Working at Highgate

A culture of community, kindness and belonging

Highgate is a caring, open-minded community, where we promote kindness, empathy and friendship. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of a welcoming environment that enables them to be themselves and to thrive as individuals.

Our community extends beyond the school, through partnerships, charity work and our commitment to equality, inclusion and sustainability. All members of our school community are encouraged to look outwards and play an active role.

In a recent ISI inspection (Dec 2021), it was noted that “Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community, and their own and other cultures, demonstrating sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

Staff wellbeing

Highgate is committed to staff wellbeing, which we promote by encouraging a strong work-life balance; trying our best to support flexible working requests; providing a nutritious complimentary lunch in the dining hall; and offering access to sporting facilities including our recently renovated swimming pool.

The Staff Wellbeing Committee, with representatives across the School, meets regularly to drive forward initiatives, and a selection of staff have been trained as Mental-Health First Aiders.

We encourage an open culture throughout our school, with regular staff surveys, action committees and opportunities to feedback. We strive for continual learning and improvement, and staff training and development is paramount. There are opportunities to participate in the wider life of our school, such as taking part in trips or societies and getting involved in partnership projects.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos


Charitable work and sustainability

As an independent school, we want to use our position as a charity effectively: to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible – through our bursary programme at Highgate and through our work with local state schools. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and we are the principal educational sponsor for London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham – an academically-selective state sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking.

Alongside this, our staff and pupils undertake charitable activities throughout the year. These range from staff giving up their time to neighbourhood schools and charitable organisations, focused fundraising campaigns, to pupils undertaking community work in the local area or further afield.

As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils, staff and parents about the importance of environmental sustainability. We are taking positive action to adapt our operational performance to tackle the negative effects of climate change. We encourage all our staff to reflect upon their personal and professional practices, to support our environmental agenda and to make positive changes wherever possible.

Application procedure

  • Closing Date: 17th April 2023
  • Timing of interviews: 17 April - 1 May 2023

Contact: The Pre-Prep Office is happy to answer any questions about this post.

Early Application: Applications will be considered ‘as and when’ received and we may close the vacancy if we appoint before the closing date.

Inclusion

We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make reasonable adjustments, please let us know of any disabilities (including neuro-divergence) when you submit your application.

Safeguarding

As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding Policy and Staff Code of Conduct. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Safeguarding Policy.  If whilst in the post, Highgate becomes aware of any safeguarding concerns to staff, pupils or the community; these will need to be followed up in line with the safeguarding policy and code of conduct which is underpinned by KCSE and other legislation. These concerns may need to be shared with other agencies.  A copy of these policies will accompany all offers of employment. Training will also be provided to all staff to support Safeguarding practice.

Please read before you apply

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview.

In accordance with the latest guidance from KCSIE, we shall be conducting online searches on any candidates who are shortlisted.

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