OVERVIEW OF POST
The postholder will work directly with children and young people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum (ASD) within an age-phase department (secondary or senior). LSAs have a varied role within the classroom and school including assisting the teacher/Curriculum Leader, working with individuals or groups of children, organising and running some activities and producing displays and resources.
Senior LSA’s take on additional responsibilities within the team, including greater involvement in assessment, planning, recording, monitoring and reporting for students, providing support and advice to team members on practices and procedures and participating in induction training for new staff.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
Knowledge and Understanding
Knowledge and understanding of the needs of students with ASD, and of the National Curriculum, Connected learning and Real World Learning curriculum as they operate in the school.
Planning and Setting Expectations
Contribute to the day-to-day delivery of the Curriculum. Undertake effective preparation and planning in accordance with the Centre’s assessment systems.
Teaching and Managing Pupil Learning and Care
Work under the direction of the Curriculum Leader/Vocational/Education Tutor to support individual students or groups of students to achieve the targets set for them. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of a range of educational and work-related experiences for the students. Share responsibility with the CL/VT/ET for the physical care of students.
Assessment and Evaluation
Contribute to the continuous assessment of needs and the monitoring of progress and achievement in accordance with the Centre’s assessment systems.
Maintain accurate records to ensure that Records of Achievement and all pupil records effectively demonstrate achievement and progress.
Relations with Parents and Wider Communities
Act as ‘Link Worker’ for a number of named students, maintain regular, effective communication with parents and carers.
Managing own Performance and Development
Evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of your practice and take responsibility for your own professional development. Undertake in-house and external training on any areas of work deemed appropriate by the school and Centre management.
Managing and Developing Staff and Other Adults
Promote good practice in all areas of classroom organisation and curriculum delivery, guide and support new or inexperienced staff members and volunteers.
Take substantial responsibility for the maintenance of the classroom environment, including significant emphasis on display and on the presentation of students’ work and file records. Manage effectively any resources that may be delegated to you, promote the efficient use of resources and contribute to the maintenance of a safe working environment for staff and students.
Provide a role model for students and newer or less experienced staff and contribute to the continual development of the service by offering suggestions for improvements.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SENIOR LSA POSTS
Short listing is based on the extent to which candidates meet the criteria laid out below.
It is therefore helpful to address each element systematically within your application; demonstrating clearly your current status in regard to the relevant qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills.
Please let us know in your application about any previous experience you consider relevant to the post, especially:
Some knowledge of the issues relevant to working within special education is essential, and may require background reading prior to application.
Candidates must demonstrate some knowledge of
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Candidates must demonstrate the ability to
To apply for this position please download the application form and, once complete return it to firstname.lastname@example.org together with a full CV. Previous applicants need not apply.
Parents and carers speak positively about the ways in which staff promote positive behaviour. One said "staff are very caring, they talk to students positively and handle things fairly"