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Learning Assistant - Paradykes Primary School

Learning Assistant - Paradykes Primary School

Posted 6 August by Midlothian Council
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Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 32 primary schools (19 of which have nurseries) and 2 stand alone nursery schools. Our special school, Saltersgate, provides support for children with a range of physical, social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 20 children to our largest secondary with over 1200 pupils. We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings. We are fortunate to have a growing number of new build schools, with 15 of our primary schools and 1 secondary having been built within the last 10 years and several new builds planned.

Paradykes Primary School and Family Learning Centre is a non-denominational primary school serving the Loanhead and Straiton communities.  We firmly believe that every child matters and we focus on this when planning improvements throughout the school.   There is an active and very supportive parental body that support future improvements to life at Paradykes!

Our development priorities for this forthcoming session include becoming a Nurturing/Attachment Aware School.  Our staff team are fully involved in school development work and self evaluation and play a key role, along with our pupils and parents/carers, in developing the school.  Come and join us!

Evidence of basic literacy and numeracy at Standard Grade General level or SVQ2 in Early Years Care and Education, or National Certificate unit in Childcare & Education, or equivalent competency, to enable the jobholder to communicate effectively with staff and pupils, and provide sensitive support.

The jobholder must be familiar with child development and able to respond to the needs of individual pupils. Jobholders should have previous experience of working in this field of work.

To be fully competent in the role jobholders will be required to undertake addition training courses eg first aid, calm techniques etc.

If the post is within a Nursery Environment then the Jobholder must be registered with or obtain membership with the SSSC within 6 months of appointment. In order to register you must currently hold the relevant qualifications or be willing to work towards attaining these qualifications within the first year of registration. For further information about the qualifications recognised by SSSC for registration in a Support Worker role, please see .

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Position Title: Learning Assistant ASN               

Position Number: SPPR700

Directorate: Education, Communities and Economy                

Location: Paradykes Primary & Family Learning Centre, Mayburn Avenue, Loanhead, EH20 9HB                                               

Contract Status: Fixed term until 28 June 2019

Hours of Work: 20 hours per week          

Working Pattern: Mon – Thur; 08.45 – 14.30                

Weeks per year: 39

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 20 hours over 39 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £9,211.24 per annum.

Closing Date: 22nd August 2018

Interview Date: 30th / 31st  August 2018


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.
Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children, You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you.For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

Additional Information

If you have difficulty applying for this post or accessing attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please callto speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Reference: 35809110

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