Learning Support Assistant

Posted 1 July by Reed Education
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Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

Salary: Subject to qualifications and experience
Location: Burgess Hill
Job Type: Full-time (37.5 hours per week, 40 weeks per year)

We are seeking a dedicated Learning Support Assistant (LSA) to join our team, working directly with children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within a secondary school. This role is integral to providing students with a supportive and effective learning environment. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to enhancing the autonomy, independence, personal development, and employability of all students.


  • Assist the teacher with the curriculum delivery and support individual students or groups to achieve set targets.
  • Engage in planning, organisation, and delivery of educational and work-related experiences for students.
  • Share responsibility for the physical care of students and contribute to a safe learning environment.
  • Maintain accurate records of student achievement and progress.
  • Evaluate your practice and engage in professional development.
  • Manage classroom resources, and emphasise the display and presentation of students’ work.
  • Work creatively and flexibly with students with special educational needs to promote their development.
  • Follow instructions and adhere to policy guidelines in all areas of work.
  • Communicate clearly with staff, students, parents, the local community, and outside agencies.
  • Contribute to the assessment, planning, and monitoring of individual learning programmes.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of the needs of students with ASD and the National Curriculum.
  • Experience in planning and contributing to curriculum delivery.
  • Ability to work under direction and collaboratively with teaching staff.
  • Competence in continuous assessment and monitoring of student progress.
  • Strong communication skills for liaising with parents and the wider community.
  • Commitment to personal professional development.
  • Experience in managing and developing staff and resources.
  • Strategic leadership skills to contribute to service development.

Experience and Qualifications

  • GCSE grade A-C (or equivalent) in English and Maths.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching & Learning or equivalent qualification, or willingness to commence training within 4 months of employment.
  • Experience working with children and young people, especially those with special educational needs.
  • Knowledge of Special Educational Needs (SEN), particularly ASD.
  • Understanding of child protection, safeguarding, anti-discrimination, disability rights, and equal opportunities practices.
  • Awareness of key aspects of Health and Safety at work.
  • Ability to work punctually and reliably.
  • A clean current driving licence is desirable.

To apply for the Learning Support Assistant position, please submit your CV and cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in this role.

Reference: 52947760

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