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Learning Support Assistant (Level 3/Advanced) – KT&A2753

Chatham (



Kent Training & Apprenticeships


Closing date: 26/11/2020
Industry: Education
Vacancy reference: KT&A2753


Holcombe Grammar School is a successful grammar school for students aged 11-18 with a long-standing reputation for being a supportive and caring environment in which to teach and learn. We have seen significant developments in recent years resulting in achieving excellent results for our students.  As part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, we aim to guide our students to become successful, well rounded and confident individuals with the ability to achieve their personal best.

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We are looking for an enthusiastic apprentice Learning Support Assistant to join our DSEN team at Holcombe Grammar School.  The role will be to complement the professional work of the teachers by assisting with and taking responsibility for certain learning activities within the class and small groups.  This will involve assisting with planning, preparing and delivering sessions for both individual and small groups under the guidance of your teacher.



The Learning Support Assistant will help raise standards of progress and achievement for all pupils.

The Learning Support Assistant will facilitate students’ access to learning through helping DSEN students overcome barriers to learning and supporting them to maximise their learning potential.

The Learning Support Assistant will help pupils to become more independent.

The Learning Support Assistant will promote the development of the physical and mental well-being of students

The Learning Support Assistant will implement the advice and programmes of work as directed by the SENCO, provided by other professionals, such as speech therapists, Educational Psychologists, occupational and language specialists and paediatricians, as and when required.

The Learning Support Assistant will contribute to the effective organisation of the school with administrative and clerical support.



To actively promote the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy and observe the standard of conduct which prevents discrimination taking place.

Maintain awareness of and commitment to Equal Opportunity Policies in relation to both employment and service delivery.

To fully comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 etc, the Trust and School’s Health and Safety Policy and all locally agreed on safe methods of work.

To work with colleagues to achieve the school’s development plan objectives and targets.

To participate in Employee Development schemes and Performance Management and contribute to the identification of own team development needs.



  • Support the learning of students with special educational needs through one-to-one and small groups
  • Provide general pastoral support and class support
  • Run small group intervention sessions as required.
  • Provide a “safe place” for break and lunchtime support for students when required.
  • To assist the Exam Officer by ensuring papers are enlarged or copied onto different coloured paper as required.
  • To support teaching staff by providing strategies to assist students with SEN
  • Support students with medical needs in line with provided training
  • Administer diagnostic tests as required
  • Provide a link and liaison between school, home and external agencies and other providers to ensure there is consistency in the response to pupils’ needs.
  • To provide after school and lunchtime support to SEND students to enable them to complete work or homework if required
  • Maintain records regarding student support and progress
  • General classroom support with identified students
  • Assist with organising key school events
  • Be responsible for, implementation and evaluation of student passports
  • The duties and responsibilities in this job description are not restrictive and the post-holder may be required to undertake any other duties that may be required from time to time.  Any such duties should not however substantially change the general character of the post.


£4.15 per hour (depending on experience.) This will be paid pro rota.


37 per week, between 39 – 42 weeks per year, 2-year contract.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • Confident and friendly telephone manner.
    • Good organisational and time management skills and the ability to cope with interruptions.


English and Maths Grades A-C/9-4 required.


On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship and Functional Skills if appropriate.


Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards


Additional Detail

As of 1st April 2020, the NMW for Apprentices is £4.15 per hour. This applies to 16 - 18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training.

Important Information

The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.

KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.

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