Learning Support Assistant - Level 1 (Fixed Term 12months)
Do you have a desire to work in a place where every day is a learning adventure? If so we might be the right place for you. Have you ever considered working in a Special School or has this always been something you’ve always wanted to try? If so we have an opportunity to that might be of interest to you.
Fairfields School is a community day special school for pupils aged 3 to 11 years. The school meets the needs of pupils who have significant, severe or profound learning difficulties and sensory impairments. Some of our children may have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The school is situated in a large well-maintained grounds close to the centre of Northampton. Work with us and you will be part of an ambitious team who want to make a real difference.
We are currently looking to appoint LSAs to join our amazing staff team.
Whilst experience of working with children with SEND is helpful what we’re after is someone who is:
- Calm and caring
Our children would really like someone who:
- Has a sense a fun
- Knows how to play
- Supports them when things get tough
- Helps them to be as independent as possible
- Is a good communicator
Staff work hard everyday to help children go on their learning adventure. This starts with meeting and greeting them when they arrive. Making sure they are ready to learn, supporting them with their individual needs; and creating irresistible learning environments.
We can help you be successful in your role by providing:
- a thorough induction programme
- Specialist training
- Supportive class teams
- A friendly working environment where wellbeing for all is a top priority
Fairfields School is committed to safeguarding the welfare of pupils. This post is subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check (will be completed once the job has been accepted, please refer to DBS code of practice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk),) and health clearance as well as the usual pre-employment checks. It is a criminal offence for an individual to apply to work in regulated activity if barred. Please see our Child Protection Policy here: Fairfields School : - Policy Documents. Appendix C of the Child Protection Policy includes the Recruitment and Selection Policy.
Fairfields school is committed ensuring and promoting equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, job applicants, parents and carers; irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, belief, sex or sexual orientation and expects staff to share that commitment. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment and welcome applications from all members of the community.
Please see our Equality Policy here: Fairfields School : - Policy Documents
As part of the recruitment process, we will gather and use information relating to you, your “personal data”, including data that we obtain from you directly and indirectly from other organisations (your referees, educational establishments, professional bodies, Disclosure and Barring Service). This will include your name, address, contact details, employment history, qualifications, ethnic origin, sex, religion, criminal record, references etc. If you are successful, this will also include details on immigration status, identity documents, DBS, medical checks, and teacher status checks.
We will hold information relating to your application only for as long as necessary. If you are successful, then how long we need to hold on to any information will depend on type of information. Some of this will be held on the Single Central Record. If you are unsuccessful, we will hold the information for a period of six months before it is securely destroyed.
We will process your personal data during recruitment for the purpose of complying with legal obligations, carrying out tasks which are in the public interest, and taking steps with a view to entering into an employment contract with you including assessing your suitability for the role, checking your eligibility to work in the UK and with children and ensuring compliance with the Equality Act 2010.
We will not share information gathered during your application process with third parties, other than professional advisors such as legal as HR advisors.
Please also refer to our Data Protection Policy for further details on making requests for access to personal data.
How to Apply
To apply, please download and complete the application form and return to or alternatively drop it into the school office. Previous applicants need not apply. Canvassing any employee, or member of the Governing Body, directly or indirectly, is prohibited and will be considered a disqualification.
The recruitment process will consist of shortlisting, a formal interview panel and a class observation.
Please note, a level 2 position would be considered for candidates with the right experience.
Contract: Fixed Term for 12months (possible permanent position available)
Location: Fairfields School, Trinity Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JN
Working Hours: 32.5 hours per week, 39 weeks per year
Salary Range: From £20812 - £21189 FTE (Pro-rata £15653.87-£15937.43)
Closing Date: ongoing
Interview Date: TBC
Start Date: ASAP