Job details

Learning Support Assistant
Wingrave

Job reference: 000684

Location: Wingrave

Closing date: 12/03/2021

Salary: £15,644 - £15,967

Employment type: Term-time

What a heart-warming feeling it is to bring a smile to another’s face. But do you know what lasts longer than a smile? The feeling of supporting and empowering people with learning disabilities and autism to live a life that makes sense to them.

Seeing the difference that YOU can make as a Learning Support Assistant (Teaching Assistant). Now that IS rewarding….

We are recruiting additional Learning Support Assistants in Wingrave. The roles are term-time only 38.5 hours per week (41 weeks a year).



Outline

You'll join the team at MacIntyre School, a vibrant residential school for children with autism and severe learning disabilities. We're located in the pretty village of Wingrave, between Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard. You don't need experience, just patience, warmth and the ability to learn. Of course any experience working with young people with learning disabilities would also stand you in good stead too.

You'll be a Learning Support Assistant (Teaching Assistant) working with students aged 10 - 19 who have complex learning disabilities. You'll provide learning support to students and the class teacher, both in the classroom and during off-site activities. Classes are made up of 6 students but you will be working on an individual 1:1 basis. On site we offer excellent facilities for our students and a dedicated team of education, social, health and therapy professionals to cater for their needs.

Who are we?

MacIntyre School offers an innovative and challenging curriculum individually tailored to provide each student with the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes. It is focused on developing communication, functional skills and independence in context. Learning takes place throughout the waking day whether at school, in the residential houses or out in the community, where we provide an exciting range of off-site learning activities.

Learning activities may include; life skills (e.g using public transport, shopping, cooking and cleaning), physical exercise (e.g. climbing, swimming, walking, water sports), work experience (e.g. on a farm), community access (e.g. in shops or cafes) or class based activities (e.g. music and dance & creative arts). Please note, some of our students require assistance with personal care.

Awarded “Good” at our Ofsted inspection in January 2020, here are some of the reasons you'll enjoy joining our team:

'Adults never stop wanting the best for the pupils. They see what each pupil might be capable of and work patiently and determinedly towards it. This is a school of aspiration and positivity.'

'Leaders know their school well and have a deep understanding of the complex context.  The strong leadership from senior leaders has already resulted in much success. Staff are extremely proud to work at this school, and rightly so.'

Some things you need to know

  • Students can present with behaviour that is challenging - we'll give you specialist training to help our students manage their behaviour
  • You will need to provide personal care

About you

Experience isn’t always necessary. If you have the right attitude, good customer service skills, share our values and are willing to learn, you’re likely to be a great fit. We are looking for people who celebrate differences, and we strive to make all our staff feel included, valued and respected.

If you also have an interest in outdoor learning and physical activity, that will be of great benefit.

It will be helpful if you have a driving licence to drive school vehicles and your own transport, as the school is in a rural location


Pay and Rewards

We provide a range of benefits to reward and thank our staff which includes:

  • 5.6 weeks' annual leave including statutory public holidays
  • Workplace Pension scheme – MacIntyre will contribute 3% of your salary to all eligible employees
  • MacIntyre Staff Savings Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) to support your health and wellbeing
  • Health Cash Plan which provides money back on core health treatments such as: optical, dental, physiotherapy, chiropody (at reduced cost)
  • MacIntyre Sick Pay (qualifying period)
  • Life assurance scheme offering valuable benefits to your dependents
  • MacIntyre Rewards Scheme which recognises and rewards staff
  • MacIntyre Perks which offers up to 6% discount off leading retailers including Tesco, Curry/PC World, Costa and many more
  • Access to the Blue Light Card which offers thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street for emergency and social care staff.
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate (cost paid by MacIntyre)  

 

How to apply

If this job sounds like the right fit for you, click on the Apply button on the MacIntyre website, complete some brief details and upload your CV.

Alternatively if you would prefer to complete a manual application form, you can either download one from the attachments on our website advert or phone us on 01908 357 016 and we will send an application form to you.

Please note: we reserve the right to close this advert early if we have received a sufficient number of applications, so don't delay, apply today.

 

Safer Recruitment and Diversity statement

MacIntyre safeguards and promotes the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Therefore we work with successful candidates to complete appropriate checks prior to joining.

MacIntyre is committed to promoting equality, encouraging diversity and embracing inclusion among our workforce. We want our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and the people we support. As part of this commitment, our accessibility toolbar allows you a number of options: read adverts in another language (including Welsh for our Services located in Wales), change the font to Open Dyslexia, change the colours, and many others. Just click the button marked “Accessibility” at the top of the screen.

COVID Information

During the pandemic we are currently following Government guidance regarding reducing transmission rates.

This means we are taking every precaution to keep you and everyone involved safe during the recruitment process.

It also means we are requesting that our current and future employees can commit to employment only with MacIntyre at present. This can be discussed during interview.

 

The closing date for this job has now passed.

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