Learning Support Assistant (Reduced Year, Part-Time) (LUM469/1178)

About the Role

Leeds City College are recruiting for a Learning Support Assistant to join our team. This role is part time and term time only (18 hours per week, 39 weeks per year).

We are looking for a Learning Support Assistant to join our team at Leeds City College. The SEND Provision across Leeds City College offer a range of high-quality services to meet the needs of our students. The department works across the college with a wide variety of students aged between 16 and 25 who have a range additional needs. As a Learning Support Assistant, you will be instrumental in supporting and encouraging our students to succeed. We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated, independent, supportive and understanding, who Is willing to learn and co-operate to meet the needs of the students. You will be based predominantly at one of our campuses but could be required to work across sites depending on the need of our students. All of our sites are within a short traveling distance from the city centre.

Our Learning Support Assistants are an essential part of our SEND Provision. You will be working within a supportive team of around 70 professionals across the College who all have a passion for ensuring our students can achieve – no matter their background or ability. This role is perfect for anyone wanting to gain an entry level insight into working with students who have additional high level or SEND needs, those wanting to transition into teaching and who also want to progress through the SEND  Pathway. You will have the opportunity to progress internally from this role either into our Teaching Apprenticeships, Specialist Learning Support Assistant Roles or work towards becoming a SEND Team Leader.

What You Will Do

  1. To be involved in planning and preparation and assessment of learning as part of the curriculum team.
  2. Providing in and out of class support to meet identified needs of students who have High Needs.
  3. Providing curriculum teachers/assessors and SEND team members with verbal and written reports on students who have High Needs or SEND and feedback against strategies used and progress towards outcomes on the EHCP.
  4. Assisting with emergency evacuation plans and practices, and helping with all emergency evacuations.
  5. Attend annual reviews as requested and attend student meetings as required to update on progress and behaviours.
  6. There may be a requirement to be involved in learners’ transport arrangements and helping students who have High Needs to develop independent travel skills where needed.
  7. At the direction of the teacher/assessor, assist students with their individual personal care, medical and mobility requirements excursions related to the programme of learning.
  8. Assist with personal care and medical requirements as necessary. Support students who are less mobile and may use wheelchairs.
  9. Any other duties as determined by the line manager.

About You

  • Educated to Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy or a commitment to achieving this within one year of appointment
  • Experience of working within a team who support SEND or high needs students to support their learning through identifying strategies and preparing young people for adulthood.
  • Strong Awareness of disability issues and equality and diversity issues.
  • Able to work effectively as a team member and being able to adapt and embrace change.
  • A willingness to be flexible and mobile as the role requires working across the college campuses and off-site visits with learners.

Benefits

There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Leeds City College is one of the largest further education institutions in the country and is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships regionally. 

We provide a vibrant and diverse learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. Leeds City College’s values put students first and are at the heart of everything the college does.

We are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our staff. You’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow. We offer a wide range of job vacancies, and our large size means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.

SAFEGUARDING

At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential. Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.