Graduate Learning Support Assistant SEN (Fixed Term) vacancy at Carleton High School

Salary: £12,084.45 - £12,325.98
Job Type: Part Time
Contact Name: Mrs K Kirby
Location: Pontefract
Closing Date: 05/01/2022 10:00

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: Officer
Interview Date: 10/01/2022
Start Date: 17/01/2022
Contracted Term: TTO Plus - Term time only plus weeks
Contracted Hours: 27.50
Contracted Weeks: 38.40
Department: SEND
Pay Grade: Grade 4, Scale Range 5 - 6

Job Advert

Ref: SCH-PAT-0034


Required as soon as possible


Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust, comprising of eight schools, six primary schools and two 11 – 16 secondary schools. The Trust is a medium sized family of schools all located within a tight geographic hub within Pontefract. Students are drawn from the local community that includes a mix of different catchment areas.


Are you an aspiring teacher, educational psychologist, speech and language therapist or planning a career working with young people? Carleton High School are offering opportunities to graduates seeking to build up their career portfolio and gain experience working in a school setting. Placements are available for 12 months and provide meaningful experiences working with young people and students with SEN by providing support as a Learning Support Assistant to pupils on a 1:1 or small group basis. This invaluable experience will assist graduates in their future career choices.


This post is a 27.5 hours per week, term time plus two, 12 months fixed term vacancy, equating to 192 working days per year.


The school can offer:

·        one year work placement as a Learning Support Assistant for SEND pupils;

·        excellent training and mentorship;

·        an opportunity to take a one week placement in a primary school;

·        CPD delivered by a trained SENCo who will support in developing knowledge, experience and skills;

·        opportunities to observe a trained educational psychologist and implement recommended strategies to support students with SEND;

·        the opportunity to undertake an independent study project supported by the SENCO.


We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic graduate who:


·        wants to gain experience in an educational setting to support their future career paths;

·        has a passion for helping pupils thrive and meet their full potential;

·        has a friendly manner and can communicate effectively with staff and pupils;

·        can work effectively as part of a team but can also work independently using their own initiative.


For more information or to discuss or arrange a potential visit please contact the school on 01977 781555 or via email at


Completed application forms should be returned via the Face-Ed system no later than Wednesday 5th January 2021 at 10:00am.


We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from everyone. The Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks. Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide a self-declaration form.

File Attachments

File Name Description
PAT-Careers-Prospectus-v2.pdf Working for Us Booklet
S_Graduate Learning Support Assistant SEN JD & PS (2021_12_07 V1).pdf Graduate Learning Support Assistant SEN Job Description

Safeguarding Information

Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references.

Pontefract Academies Trust is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Qualification Title Grade
Level 2 Numeracy/Literacy Qualifications Grade C/4 or higher
Degree or equivalent qualification Pass


Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy qualifications or English and Maths Grade C/4 or equivalent qualification
Understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection issues
Understanding the purpose and role of learning support
Qualification in supporting pupils in a school setting - Level 2 or Level 3
4 or more GCSE's at Grade 4/C or higher (or equivalent grades/qualifications)
Personal Qualities
Reliability, integrity and stamina
An excellent record of attendance and punctuality
Respect confidentiality
Commitment to personal development and learning
Abilities, Skills and Knowledge
Ability to seek support, when required
High personal standards
Initiative to support learning, with some guidance and support from the teacher
Ability to communicate effectively with young people and adults
Ability to organise self to plan and complete tasks
Ability to set up basic, and routinely use, equipment and resources under the instruction of the teacher
Ability to apply written and verbal instructions
Ability to relate well to children and adults
Work as an effective team member and apply directions/instructions
Experience of dealing with the behaviours not conducive to learning, and ability to deal with a variety of situations
Understanding of first aid
Experience of working in a school environment
Experience of working with, or caring for, children or young people of relevant age
Experience of basic technology, PC, internet, MS Office packages