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Student Support Assistant

Deanfield Avenue, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1UH
The Henley College
Part Time, Term Time
£20,988.00 prorata actual salary approx £14,800.00
26th April 2023
Start Date
1st September 2023
8th June 2023 12:00 AM
Contract Type
Job ID
Start date
1st September 2023
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • NQTs Considered:
  • Job ID: 1328554

Do you like a challenge, are you a team player, can you use your initiative, do you like working with young people?

We are a busy, lively department for teenagers with learning difficulties and disabilities. The post holder will work with a team of teaching and support staff concerned with students who have learning difficulties, physical disabilities and behavioural problems. The post holder will be working with students who are mainly aged between 16-19 years with severe or complex learning difficulties and will be required to work on a one to one basis at certain times.

As a support staff member, your key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting teachers in all areas of the curriculum
  • Attending to students' personal needs, such as toileting, washing, dressing, and feeding
  • Maintaining equipment and using IT to create and maintain teaching materials
  • Assisting with general department tasks, like washing up and laundry
  • Supervising students in and out of college buildings, including during lunch and coffee breaks
  • Assisting with transportation for off-site activities
  • Being flexible and adaptable to assist students with a range of activities

In addition to these responsibilities, you are expected to:

  • Follow all rules and regulations issued by the college
  • Maintain professional standards and implement college policies
  • Adhere to college policies, including the Staff Code of Conduct and safeguarding policies
  • Meet the college's quality standards and undergo continuous professional development
  • Perform any other duties appropriate to your post

To be successful in this role, you should have a flexible approach and be able to assist and relate to students with severe and complex learning difficulties. You should be able to use your own initiative, communicate clearly, and be physically capable of lifting in emergency situations. Experience in classroom support, caring fields, and manual handling is desirable, and having a sense of humor is a plus.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of support in classroom situation
  • Experience of students with severe and complex learning difficulties
  • Experience in the caring field
  • Sense of humour
  • Manual handling skills

Terms of Employment

Tenure of post: Permanent, Term Time Only, 38 weeks a year

Hours of work: 30 hours per week. Monday to Friday 8:45 – 15:30 (30 minutes unpaid break)

Start Date: 1st September 2023

Salary: From £20,988.00  (pro rata for part time and term time) Actual Salary approximately £14,800.00

Benefits you can Enjoy

  • Local Government Pension Scheme. This is an employee and employee contributory pension scheme.
  • Amazing range of continued professional development to support your career path including teacher training
  • Free onsite gym
  • Free Car Park on both sites and Good public transport
  • Wellbeing offering to support your physical, mental and financial health through our EAP.


The Henley College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. The Henley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

Please note - Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than stated should we source a suitable candidate before the closing date.


Safeguarding Statement:

The Henley 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.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
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