Learning Support Assistant – SEND

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Learning Support Assistant – SEND
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Sunderland Learning Support Assistant - HI

Posted: 13th March 2023 15:52
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  • Pay Rate:

    £11.59 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 1-2 months

  • Sunderland,

    SR5 4BW

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Learning Support Assistant – SEND

Reference no:  Sunderland Learning Support Assistant - HI

Pay Rate: £11.59 per hour PAYE 

This opening assignment is for 1-2 months

Enhanced DBS disclosure required for this role

The purpose of the role is to support the teaching staff in the planning, delivery and evaluation of lessons. Work under the direction of a Teacher of the Deaf to enable access to the curriculum for children with hearing Impairment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work in partnership with the teacher in the planning of lessons including the adaptations, materials and support hearing impaired pupils will need to be included and make progress.
  • Obtaining and using the agreed learning resources, adapting resources and teaching materials as necessary so that the pupil is able to access the key ideas of a lesson and achieve the objectives set for him or her.
  • Using praise, assistance and encouragement to motivate the pupil(s) and to help them stay on task.
  • Supporting the pupil(s) understanding of any follow up tasks set by the teacher.
  • Taking lesson notes, if required, to support deaf pupils’ understanding of what is being said and the pupils’ own record of lessons as hearing impaired pupils may experience difficultly in lip reading what the teacher says and take notes at the same time.
  • Support the development and implementation of individual learning programmes focused on delivering priority learning targets for pupils. (These might include work in the areas of language, literacy, personal, social and emotional development and numeracy as required). This will be achieved by:
  • Working with the SENCO, class or subject teacher, and Teacher of the Deaf and other specialists where appropriate to plan and agree the programme which contains clear, challenging but achievable objectives for the pupil.
  • Delivering the agreed programmes, under the guidance of the teacher, SENCO and the Teacher of the Deaf, focussing on a secondary national curriculum, including English, maths and Science.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of pupil records as agreed with the teacher and/or SENCO and help to maintain the record keeping system.
  • Observe and report on pupil progress, gathering information about their knowledge, skills and understanding, including their progress towards targets to support teachers in re-assessing need, evaluating teaching strategies and interventions, setting new learning targets and formulating new learning plans.
  • Support teachers and SENCOs discharge their responsibility in involving parents by providing information on the pupil’s engagement with learning and interactions with other pupils and helping to maintain home-school liaison records.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. High standard of literacy and numeracy including GCSE English and Maths.
  2. Qualified to level three in relevant national Curriculum subject(s) (desirable).


Knowledge & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. A good understanding of the needs of pupils with a hearing impairment, the impact on learning and the support required to ensure they make progress and feel included
  3. A good knowledge of hearing technology including: its benefits, limitations and conditions for effective use, and  how to maintain equipment, check it is functioning and troubleshoot, undertaking basic repairs.
  4. A good understanding of the respective roles of the class/subject teacher and the teaching assistant and specialist roles e.g. Teacher of the Deaf, Audiologist, Speech and Language Therapist.
  5. A knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively with hearing impaired children.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Manage own workload and meet tight deadlines when preparing materials.
  2. Ability to take full, accurate and legible notes during lessons on behalf of the pupil so that they have a good written record.
  3. Attend meetings away from the normal office base.
  4. Take an active role in advising or contributing towards the training of a wider range of staff in school.
  5. Provide accurate, clear written communication.
  6. Take an innovative and creative approach to the modification and adaptation of learning materials required to support the child or young person with hearing impairment's access to the curriculum.
  7. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Learning Support Assistant – SEND
Client Category: Local Authority

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