Job Title: Learning Support Practitioner
Location: East London
Hours: VARIOUS hours from 18 – 28.8 per week - 38 weeks per year Term Time only
Salary range: £20,686 - £22,719 (inc. London Weighting) pro rata
Contract Type: Permanent
Waltham Forest College is a forward thinking, vibrant, diverse and exciting place to study and work. We are proud of our achievements including being rated as the top performing college in London for student satisfaction for the past two consecutive years, as well as being graded as Good by Ofsted. We believe that our employees are the heart of the organisation and having the right people in the right place, with the right skills is the key to our success.
We are looking for a committed individual who is passionate about working in an aspirational and high performing college and dedicated to contributing to an outstanding experience for our learners. The successful candidate will have a keen sense of responsibility, ownership and a ‘can do’ approach to addressing everyday challenges. If you believe you have the skills, experience and motivation to make a difference and be part of Team Forest, we strongly encourage you to apply for the post at Waltham Forest College.
Are you passionate about supporting young people and adults to achieve their full potential, advocating for their additional needs and helping them to breakdown their barriers to learning? Do you have experience of youth work, mentoring or support within a post 16 environment?
Waltham Forest College are seeking to recruit exceptional Learning Support Assistants for both its mainstream and SEND provision to provide practical support to young people, age 16-18 or 19-24 with EHCP and adults with learning difficulties, behaviour barriers to learning and/or physical disabilities to facilitate their independence, access to learning and integration into the life of the College. You will have good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, and have empathy and interest in helping students people fulfil their potential. In addition, you will have the ability to build and maintain good working relationships with learners, teachers and other external agencies and have an understanding of safeguarding and its importance.
We are also looking for individuals to provide support to students who need assistance with personal care. Please specify which role you are applying for.
You must hold a minimum Level 2 (GCSE Grade D/4 or above) in English and Maths, and ideally, you’ll be up to speed on the SEN Code of Practise and other useful legislation. The most vital attributes are; enthusiasm, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humour!
What’s in it for you?
We offer the opportunity to help develop your skills and knowledge in a friendly team environment, plus a range of benefits including a career average pension scheme (LGPS), employee assistance programme and free onsite parking, cycle to work scheme and Sodexo benefits scheme.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
We are committed to creating and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce that better reflects the wider community we support. We particularly welcome applicants from groups currently under-represented in senior roles, including females, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), people with disabilities and from the LGBTQ community.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of our students and expect everybody working for the College to share this commitment. We actively seek DBS clearance checks for applications of employment as part of our safeguarding procedures.
Closing Date: 14 August 2022
Interview Date: 23 August 2022
*Please apply as soon as possible as applications will be considered upon receipt; we reserve the right to interview before the closing date*.
Waltham Forest College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and 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.
Waltham Forest College is a Mindful Employer. People who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against due to their mental ill health. Disclosure of a mental health problem will enable the College to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment if needed.