Learning Support Assistant
Ark Conway Primary Academy
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Learning Support Assistant
Ark Conway Primary Academy

A unique opportunity to join a passionate team of staff in an Outstanding new and growing academy
Ark Conway Primary Academy opened as a new primary school for 4-11 year olds in a refurbished, beautiful library on Hemlock Road, White City in September 2011. It has one form of entry and is non-denominational and non-selective, welcoming boys and girls of all abilities from the local area. Ark Conway was judged as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in July 2013.

We are now looking for a dedicated One-to-One Learning Support Assistant, who will provide specific and direct one to one support to pupils, establishing a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which the pupil can make at least good academic progress. This role is a key part of our SEN initiative, and the successful candidate will be someone who can foster strong working relationships with staff across the academy.
Our ideal candidate will:

• Have experience of establishing successful learning relationships with a variety of pupils
• Have a helpful, positive calm and caring nature
• Have a genuine passion and belief in the potential of every pupil
• Be able to understand and implement particular strategies and methods to help pupils to improve their learning and enjoyment of learning
• Be able to help implement the necessary routines and patterns to establish good behaviour management within the school
• Be committed to Ark Conway’s ethos of high expectations

If you share our commitment to providing an outstanding learning environment, then we look forward to hearing from you.

To apply please go to www.arkconway.org. The closing date for applications is 9am on Friday, 1st March 2019.  

If you have any queries regarding your application, please contact our Business Manager, Paulette Williams on 020 3249 1180 alternatively you may e-mail: p.williams@arkconwayprimary.org

Deadline: 9am – Friday. 1st March 2019
Interview date: TBC.
Start date: TBC.
Salary: Ark Support Staff (Inner London) Band 4  £20,617.00 to £22,376.00 (FTE) Actual Salary: £17,655.13 to £19,161.65 term time only.
Hours: 36 hours per week - Part time will be considered 
Work pattern: Term time only (39 weeks).
Contract: Permanent.

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.

Job Description: Learning Support Assistant


Reporting to:                   SENCO

Location:                           Ark Conway Primary Academy

Contract:                           Permanent

Working Pattern:           Term Time

Salary:                                Ark Support Staff (Inner London) Band 4  £20,617.00 to £22,376.00 (FTE)

Actual Salary: £17,655.13 to £19,161.65 term time only.

The Role

In this role you will support the Inclusion team, and the wider school community, by taking responsibility for the engagement and learning of students identified as having social, emotional, mental health and behavioural needs.

Key Responsibilities

Support for Students and Teachers

·         Support all vulnerable children and act as Key Worker to  students with Special Educational Needs and Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

·         Work with students on an individual and/or small group basis, in and out of lessons

·      Plan and implementing strategies for students on the Pastoral Support Programme, ensuring students adhere to accepted behavioural norms

·         Develop resources for students with SEN

·       Support staff members in creating an effective and safe learning environment, by dealing with behaviour that disrupts learning, and providing coaching and peer support to staff members to develop behaviour management strategies

·        Work with teachers to assess the needs of individual children, implement Individual Behaviour Plans and monitor their use and effectiveness

·         Develop whole school and student group anti-bullying strategies and awareness work


Support for the Inclusion Team

·         Develop and monitor the impact of student specific engagement activities

·         Monitor the progression of all identified students and implement interventions

·         Analyse and provide feedback on behaviour data to the Inclusion Lead

·         Research and share current behavioural information and advice with the Inclusion Team

·        Follow up student issues such as bullying investigations, restorative work, taking student statements and  mediation work

·         Facilitate activities as directed by the Inclusion Lead including, with appropriate training, self-esteem, anger management and social skills work


·         Actively promote the safety and welfare of our children and young people

·         Ensure compliance with Arks data protection rules and procedures

·         Liaise with colleagues and external contacts at all levels of seniority with confidence, tact and diplomacy

·        Work with Ark Central and other academies in the Ark network, to establish good practice throughout the network, offering support where required


This job description is not an exhaustive list and you will be expected to carry out any other reasonable tasks as directed by your line manager.

Person Specification: Learning Support Assistant


·         English and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)

·         Certified teaching assistant course or training or commitment to work towards these

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·         Experience establishing successful learning relationships with students at the relevant age, treating them consistently with respect and consideration

·         Experience and/or understanding of the Learning support role

·         Experience of working with outside agencies and families (desirable)

·         Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents and multi-agencies partners

·         Knowledge and understanding of how to effectively implement particular strategies and routines to help students to improve their learning and to establish outstanding behaviour management

·         Good numeracy and literacy skills

·         Good administrative, organisational and computer skills


·         Genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every pupil

·         A robust awareness of keeping children safe, noticing safeguarding and welfare concerns, and you understand how and when to take appropriate action.

·         Belief that every student should have access to an excellent education regardless of background

·         Professional outlook, detailed orientated and able to multi task and meet deadlines

·         A team player that can work collaboratively as well as using own initiative

·         Calm and professional under pressure

·         Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and discretion

·         Flexible attitude towards work and demonstrates sound judgement


·         Right to work in the UK

·         Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all students

·         Willingness to undertake training

·         This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.