Luminate Education Group

Learning Support Assistant, Part Time, Reduced Year (HC048)

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
£18,327 Per annum, Pro rata
06 Oct 2021
19 Oct 2021
Job Level
Job Function
Academic Support
Contract Type
Part Time

The role is offered for up to 5 days  per week for suitable candidates, Term Time Only.

The days will be set near the beginning of the academic year but may be subject to change if the student they are supporting has a timetable change. Hours per day are likely to be 7.4 but there may be some flexibility, depending on which students staff are supporting and their needs.


SEND Support is a busy, friendly department at Harrogate College.

We are responsible for organising in class support for students with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) as well as mentoring for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, and exam access arrangements.

As a Learning Support Assistant, you would provide support for our High Needs students, ensuring that they make progress academically, socially, and towards the targets set out in their EHCPs.

This role would suit someone who has experience, or who is interested in gaining experience, working with young people with special needs; someone who wants to work part time, largely during term time and who is able to be flexible about the days that they work.

They should be quick to establish a rapport with young people; keen to know as much as they can about the needs of their students and strive for best practice and excellence.

They will enjoy the close community of a smaller college whilst having access to the professional development and opportunities of our larger college community in the Luminate Group.


Be involved in planning, preparation and assessment of learning as part of the curriculum team

Provide in and out of class support to meet identified needs of students who have High Needs

Provide curriculum teachers/assessors and SEND team members with verbal and written reports on student who have High Needs or SEND and feedback on strategies used and progress towards outcomes on EHCPs

Assist with emergency evacuation plans and practices

Attend annual reviews of EHCPs as requested to update on progress and behaviours

Assist in learners' transport arrangements and helping students to develop independent travel skills where needed

Assist with personal care and medical requirements as necessary. Support with the physical care of students who are less mobile


Experience of working in a team supporting students with High Needs or SEND in their learning and preparation for adulthood

Clear oral, written and IT communication skills, with the ability to connect with a range of audiences at different levels

Strong awareness of disability and equality and diversity issues and the range of Special Educational Needs

Willingness to be adaptable and flexible to meet the requirements of students with High Needs and SEND

Able to work effectively as a team member, sharing best practice with others

Able to establish rapport and to maintain professional boundaries


For more information about the role please contact 

John-Paul Wordsworth SEND and High Needs Support Manager

Please use the person specification (on the job description under "Documents Available") to complete your supporting statement.

We cannot accept CVs as part of the application process. 


Harrogate Colleges offers a broad curriculum where we encourage our students to grow as individuals, dare to dream and have a great time. To achieve that, our goal is to deliver excellent and innovative education which supports and inspires every student to achieve their ambitions. Harrogate  College is part of the Luminate Education Group, and one of the UK’s largest FE establishments.


We have a range of excellent benefits and rewards at Harrogate College, including:

  • Annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days + 8 bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary college closure days at Christmas

  • Excellent pension schemes with the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and the Teachers’ Pension

  • Discounted travel cards for those who regularly use public transport across the region with Northern Rail and Metro

  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities for all of our staff

You can read about these benefits, and others in more detail by downloading the Staff Benefits document attached to this vacancy.  


Luminate Education Group is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

All successful applicants are required to complete all mandatory pre-employment checks, including:

  • Proof of right to work in the UK

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check

  • Children’s barred list check (we may also check the adult barred list if the role involves working with vulnerable adults)

  • Two professional references 

  • Fitness to work, this is conducted by our occupational health partners, NHS Airedale 

  • Section 128 check for all staff entering management roles

  • Prohibition check for all staff entering teaching related roles

Please Note: All successful applicants who have lived or travelled overseas for three months or more in the past five years will be required to undertake an overseas check as part of the pre-employment checks.

More information on overseas checks can be found on the government website: 

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks.


The UK Government introduced a new points based immigration system on 1 January 2021. You can read about the new immigration routes on the Gov.UK website here: 

Many of the new routes require sponsorship from an employer. Luminate Education Group is not a licenced sponsor. We are unable to employ anyone without current, and appropriate right to work in the UK.  

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can continue to prove your right to work in the UK with your passport and identity card up until 30 June 2021. 

There is no change to immigration and right to work for British and Irish Citizens. 


We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community, all candidates will be treated fairly irrespective of race, gender or gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief or age.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 


Luminate Education Group vacancies generate a lot of interest and we receive many calls and emails from recruitment agencies. Although we do appreciate the interest you have shown in Luminate Education Group, our policy is to recruit candidates directly wherever possible. We therefore do not accept any cold calls, speculative emails or CVs from agencies. Speculative emails and CVs will be deleted unread.

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.