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Learning Support Assistant

Salary: Thurrock Band A Point 4

(£15,797.67 actual salary per annum)

30 hours per week

37 weeks per year - term time only

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm (30-minute unpaid break)


St Clere’s Secondary School
Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope, EssexSS17 0NWEssex
St Clere’s Secondary School

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and flexible Learning Support Assistant on a one year fixed term contract. The ideal candidate will have the appropriate skills and qualities to work with and support pupils with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate with other members of staff effectively
  • The ability to build a strong professional relationship with the pupils and their families
  • Assisting pupil achievement by monitoring learning against learning outcomes, informing the teacher of progress/problems
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good behaviour management skills
  • Good basic English and Mathematics (GCSE Level 4 – 9 or equivalent)
  • Good record keeping skills (Progress and medical where required)
  • A passion for the impact teaching and learning can have on improving pupil outcomes
  • A commitment to supporting the delivery of education of the highest standard

St Clere’s School is a high achieving, oversubscribed school with a “Good” Ofsted rating and consistently high student outcomes, demand for places is increasing year on year. We are a popular choice for families because our students succeed in many ways and are taught by staff who teach with great energy and expertise in an environment that has great facilities.

‘Persequi Optima’ (the pursuit of excellence) is our school motto and our mission is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive and meaningful education for all learners. We do this by providing an engaging curriculum in a safe and inspirational environment where high standards and expectations encourage success. We aim to empower our learners so they can apply their acquired skills or knowledge and confidently express themselves throughout their lives and future careers. Our high standards are achieved through effective leadership, outstanding teaching and committed stakeholder engagement from the Trust, Governance and community.

St Clere’s School is a member of Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust a Multi-Academy Trust, with twelve member schools within Essex. All schools in the Trust work in equal partnership and are members of the schools’ Co-operative Society. Our Co-operative Values focus on enabling all students to achieve their potential both academically and as young people.

What the school can offer:

  • Support from highly experienced SLT members, the wider trust network and collaboration with our other schools
  • Support network for all staff including managing workloads and work-life balance
  • Career progression throughout the Trust, with the ability to progress in other schools
  • Recognition of continuous service
  • Excellent CPD opportunities through the school and the trust
  • Fully Subsided Employee Assistance Programme
  • Excellent behaviour management policy to support all staff
  • National Conditions of Service
  • Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme

Person Specification Requirements

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to communicate and interact with children
  • Awareness of the need to act as a role model and ability to deal with a range of situations in mature and sensitive manner
  • Ability to understand educational programmes and work to them with reference to a teacher
  • Ability to work with children and keep them on task and motivated
  • Awareness of sensitive information and the need for confidentiality
  • Ability to deal with pupils’ physical and emotional needs as well as provide individual support as appropriate
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and follow the teacher’s directions or to work independently using initiative
  • Ability to demonstrate respect for children and be able to listen to their views



  • A basic understanding of child development
  • An awareness of Child Protection procedures
  • An understanding of the importance of adults as role models
  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues
  • Understanding of equalities issues

Qualifications and Experience


  • GCSE Grade C or Equivalent in English and Maths
  • Willingness and motivation to develop own skills and undertake training


  • Working towards N/SVQ Level 2 in Teaching Assistance or equivalent qualification
  • To have worked on a voluntary or paid basis with children

Personal skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Positive/can do approach
  • Patient
  • Reliable
  • Flexible
  • Empathetic

Start date

May 2024

Read the full job description
Posted on: 3 April 2024

Application Closing date

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 12:00 pm

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Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.