Learning Support Assistant – ARB Unit

Launceston College are looking for a Learning Support Assistant to join their busy team. There is a 20 hour position available on a term time only, fixed term basis until Easter.

The salary is £17,362 pro rata.

Reporting to the SENCo/ARB lead teacher, this role will be working within the Area Resource Base (ARB) located within the College.

The role will be to take a pro-active role in the support of the educational, social and physical needs of the students; to support the curriculum and the College through the provision of assistance to the teacher in the practical organisation of class activities and small group work.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • To assist individuals and groups of children in developing knowledge, skills and attitudes. To take into account the learning support involved to aid the children to learn as effectively as possible.
  • To establish supportive relationships with the student/s concerned and to encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students.
  • To encourage social integration and individual development of students. To develop methods of promoting and reinforcing students’ self-esteem.
  • To assist in preparing, using and maintaining relevant teaching resources, including wall displays and cleaning up classrooms after activities. To ensure that basic classroom materials are available for use.
  • To assist with lunch and break time supervision of children.
  • To provide students with intimate care as required.
  • To accompany children on educational visits and outings as supervised by the Teacher.
  • To assist with the assessment, monitoring and recording of children’s progress, health, behaviour and general wellbeing. To feedback any information (including concerns) regarding the well-being and educational needs of children to the teacher or Principal as appropriate.
  • To be aware of confidential issues linked to home/student/teacher/school work and to ensure the confidentiality of such sensitive information.
  • To supervise an individual or small group of children within a class under the overall control of the teacher.
  • To administer minor first aid (as trained), assist in the dispensing of medically prescribed controlled drugs (as per the approved procedure) and to assist with the personal hygiene and physical needs of children with regard to health and safety as required.
  • To meet the needs of students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. To control the student to prevent harm and disruption to the student or others, within the limits of the post holders training and school policies and procedures.
  • To carry out administrative tasks associated with all of the above duties as directed by the teacher.
  • To attend staff meetings and school-based INSET as required. To meet with the Student Support Centre Manager, Head of Individual Needs and/or other appropriate staff.
  • To encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students.
  • The post holder is responsible for his/her own self-development on a continuous basis.
  • To be aware of and work in accordance with the College’s child protection policies and procedures, and to raise any concerns relating to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty.
  • To be aware of and adhere to applicable rules, regulations, legislation and procedures including the Schools Equal Opportunities Policy and Code of Conduct, national legislation (including Health and Safety, Data Protection).
  • To develop methods of promoting/reinforcing the student’s self-esteem and to promote independence through the development of self-help skills.
  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as required.
  • To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the department



  • Previous experience of working with children.
  • Good levels of literacy and numeracy.
  • Attainment of 4 GCSE qualifications (or equivalent), or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and aptitude.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Able to prioritise between different demands.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, and able to work in a team.
  • An interest in children and education.
  • Patient and friendly approach


  • Previous experience of working with children within a classroom environment or similar.
  • Knowledge of issues relevant to education and child development.
  • Able to work without supervision.


If you would like to apply, please download an application form from the Staff Vacancies page on our website:

Alternatively phone us to arrange for an application form to be sent to you on 01566 772468 or visit the main College reception to collect one in person.

We reserve the right to close this advert and interview and appoint earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a good response to the advert, so early applications are warmly invited.

Closing date: Monday 16th December 2019, 9am

Interview date: Tuesday 17th December 2019

Safeguarding Statement:
Launceston College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.