Learning Support Assistant SEN vacancy at Larks Hill Junior and Infant School

Salary: £12,084.45 - £12,325.98
Job Type: Full Time
Contact Name: Mrs M Holdsworth
Location: Pontefract
Closing Date: 28/01/2022 10:00
Email: admin@larkshill.patrust.org.uk

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: Officer
Interview Date: 03/02/2022
Start Date: 28/02/2022
Contracted Term: TTO Plus - Term time only plus weeks
Contracted Hours: 27.50
Contracted Weeks: 43.90
Department: Learning Support
Pay Grade: Grade 4, Scale Range 5 - 6

Job Advert

Ref: SCH-PAT-0054


Required as soon as possible


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


We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, hardworking and committed Learning Support Assistant at Larks Hill Junior & Infant School. This candidate will support pupils learning and attend to pupils personal needs, in order to support teaching and learning in the classroom and across the school. This role may also include providing personal care to identified pupils, and, for those pupils with mobility issues, to assist them moving around the school.


This is a 27.5 hours per week, term time plus two days, permanent contract, equating to 192 working days per annum.


The school can offer:


  • hard-working and highly committed staff who share a common sense of purpose and high expectations of what pupils can achieve
  • a supportive Trust as your employer that are strongly committed to providing high quality CPD and career progression
  • significant opportunities to work in collaboration with colleagues in this school and across the trust
  • the opportunity to work with ambitious and inspirational leaders


We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic person who:


  • has a friendly manner and can communicate effectively with staff and pupils
  • will make a difference in changing children’s life chances
  • has the skills and abilities to support children of all abilities and personal needs
  • can work effectively as part of a team but can also work independently using their own initiative
  • has the ability to form effective relationships with pupils and parents/carers


For more information on the role, or to discuss a visit (depending on current covid restrictions), please contact the school at 01977 722845.


Completed application forms should be returned via the online Face-Ed applicant system no later than 10:00am on Friday 28th January 2022.


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. Successful applicants will also be asked to provide criminal conviction information.

File Attachments

File Name Description
Learning Support Assistant SEN (2021_09_20 V1).pdf Learning Support Assistant SEN Job Description & Person Specification
PAT Careers Prospectus.pdf Working for Us Booklet

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 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