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Learning Support Assistant - Castle View Academy

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Job details


Castle View Academy Portsmouth

Closing date

01/10/2020 12:00 am

Closing Date:  Applications will be reviewed as received, please apply asap to avoid disappointment

Start Date: ASAP September 2020


The role

We have an opportunity for an experienced LSA or individual looking to complete an apprenticeship to join us on a fixed term basis, starting as soon as possible.

Do you wish to gain experience working in a school, classroom environment? Or, are you an experienced LSA and wish to help create positive outcomes for students?


Castle View Academy are looking to appoint an individual to work under the guidance of the SENCO and Teaching Staff to support individuals/groups of students, in or out of the classroom. You will be expected to work alongside students with specific learning needs, ensuring they can access the curriculum and make academic progress.


The post will suit either an individual with LSA experience or someone looking to locally complete a Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools or an apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

It is expected that all apprentices will complete minimum of 20% ‘off the job’ training.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Liaise with the SENCO/ Teaching Staff to identify areas of need and assist in the development of strategies to support all areas of pupil’s learning and development
  • Take an active role in the development and implementation of pupil profiles and EHC plans
  • Establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils both within and outside the classroom
  • Encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all pupils in activities
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement
  • Liaise with parents and relevant external agencies to ensure best practice for targeted pupils
  • Work with the teacher to establish an appropriate learning environment using specialist knowledge and strategies relating to targeted pupils
  • Work with the teacher in lesson planning, evaluating and differentiating lessons/work plans as appropriate
  • Monitor and evaluate pupils’ responses to learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement against pre-determined learning objectives

About You


  • You will have a commitment to ongoing personal development and willingness to undertake appropriate training
  • Specialist skills in curriculum or learning areas
  • Understanding of principles of child development and learning processes
  • Ability to improve own practice and knowledge through self-evaluation
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults
  • Ability to work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
  • Flexibility to respond to the varying demands of the school day and the pupils’ needs, with a resilient and positive attitude


Desired qualifications


  • Minimum grade C/4 at GCSE in English and maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications)
  • Relevant qualifications or experience with pupils with special educational needs
  • Relevant continued professional development


The successful candidate will be required to undergo appropriate pre-employment checks in line with United Learning policy, including enhanced DBS check


United Learning


Castle View Academy is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.


Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.


As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It’s an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.


How to apply


For more information

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact:

Emma McBride, Cluster HR Advisor,

Address: Castle View Academy, Allaway Ave, Portsmouth, PO6 4QP

Telephone: 02392 370321