Learning Support Assistant
Longfield Academy

Job reference: 002499

Location: Longfield Academy

Closing date: 27/01/2020

Salary: Actual salary of £11,239 per annum (£16,157 full time equivalent)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: Teaching Support

Hours per week: 30.5 hours per week, Term Time + 1 week inset

Start Date: As soon as possible

About the role: Have you recently graduated and are keen to put your skills and knowledge to good use? An incredibly successful secondary academy on the outskirts of Dartford have a great opportunity for a confident and empathetic Learning Support Assistant to join their support team.  Our appointed candidate will join Longfield Academy, receiving fantastic training and development opportunities from the off-set with scope to positively influence our students’ learning.

The role of a Learning Support Assistant involves working with students across Years 7 to 13 in a variety of subject areas, either on a 1-1 basis or in small groups.  Some students may have Special Educational Needs that you can support them with (training is offered in this remit), whilst others may need extra assistance from someone with a passion for the subject to push them even further. The students you will be working with are by no means behind in the subject, but need extra encouragement and support to ensure they understand each topic and to enhance their confidence within the subject.

For more information, please consult the Job Description by clicking here.  

This role is ideal for Graduates looking to gain experience before commencing Teacher Training in 2020.  Every year, we support a great number of staff with their transition onto the renowned teacher training course delivered by Kent & Medway Training; we offer training in a variety of subject areas and can provide you with advice and guidance throughout the application process to the point of enrolment.  Extending your experience working with young adults you will grow in knowledge of not only the curriculum, but also how a school operates, the wider environment and you’ll be able to observe a range of teaching styles and techniques.  Contact Olivia Couzins (Head of Recruitment) to find out more – 01634 412 240 / olivia.couzins@latrust.org.uk

To be considered for the role, you will need to meet the following requirements;

  • Educated to at least Level 2 Maths and English, but ideally educated to A-Level or Degree Level 
  • Previous experience of working/volunteering with children/young people, or with a real interest in working with this age range
  • A commitment to motivate and inspire young people, supporting them to overcome any barriers
  • Good ICT skills and practice
  • You will be committed to personal learning and development, and have a sincere commitment to sharing our long-term aims and drive for continuous improvement.

The working hours are term time only, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am-15.30pm, Wednesday 8.30am-16.00pm (total 30.5 hours weekly) plus 5 inset days. We require the successful candidate to start as soon as possible. In return, we will offer you a professional and supportive team, a state of the art working environment and a genuine opportunity to develop. As a Trust, we feel it is important to hire for the right attitude which is why we look for support assistants that are enthusiastic, focused and resilient to the day to day pressures that the classroom brings.

Working with us:  Longfield Academy offers a friendly and supportive working environment with innovation and collaboration at the heart of everything we do.  Following our most recent inspection (2018), it has been confirmed that Longfield Academy continues to provide strong educational outcomes for students.  Leaders of the academy are highly ambitious for all of the students but also that we do not limit that ambition to the outcomes of public examinations - our students being prepared for life is equally as important to everyone at the academy. The relationships that students have with the staff has been identified as a key reason that our academy thrives. Our Post 16 provision continues to go from strength to strength, rated in the top 10% for Kent.

The school is heavily oversubscribed in Year 7 and Year 12. Longfield Academy benefits from modern, state-of-the-art facilities for learning across all subject areas. We have a thorough and robust approach to school improvement and is well on course to becoming a truly Outstanding school.

Working with Leigh Academies Trust: As of September 2019, our Trust is comprised of 25 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 13 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open between September 2020-2021.  The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. 

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

We strive to offer a range of benefits that all employees can take advantage of which we regularly review and add to - click here to view what you’d receive as a member of staff with Leigh Academies Trust.

Diversity at our core: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

All roles within the Trust are subject to an Enhanced DBS check in addition to other pre-employment checks


The closing date for this job has now passed.