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Chichester Free School

Learning Support Assistants

Closing date: 19/05/2024 at 17:00

Contract/Hours: Permanent , Full-time

Salary Type: Support Staff

Salary Details: SCP3 - SCP4

Hours of Work: Full or Part Time

Location of Role: Chichester Free School

Job/Person Summary

We are seeking exceptional Learning Support Assistants with the energy, passion and creativity to work as an LSA in either the Primary or the Secondary phase of our thriving All-Through school. We have three positions available, two full-time positions in the Primary phase and one part-time position in the Secondary phase (mornings only 0845-1300). Please indicate on your application form which phase of the school you would prefer to work in.  Early applications are encouraged, and we reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the deadline.

CFS is a vibrant, collaborative and forward-thinking school for 4-16 year olds, where the personal development of our pupils is just as important as the academic curriculum. Our values of ‘nurture, challenge and inspire’ influence everything we do as a school, and genuinely permeate all areas of school life. If you share our values and ideals, we strongly encourage you to find out more about CFS via a visit to the school or through our school website www.chichesterfreeschool.org.uk. 

Ideally, the successful candidate will have previous school experience, and will be committed to embracing the unique and special environment and opportunities of working in an All-Through school.

CFS follows national pay scales and the starting point within the range listed will be agreed on appointment with the successful candidate. 

The Learning Support Team
You will be working as part of the Learning Support team that provides support for pupils across all Key Stages of the School, Reception to Year 11. The team provides support in a range of ways which can consist of in class support, small group intervention and working 1:1 with pupils.   The positions that are currently vacant are for both Primary and Secondary support.

The Role
The successful candidate will be expected to support children with their learning and personal development both individually and in groups. You will be calm, flexible and have the ability to use your own initiative as well as be able to work as part of a team. You will need to have the equivalent of a grade C or 4 in English and Maths at GCSE. 

You will:
•    be a skilled and competent professional who is energetic and totally committed to the ethos of the School 
•    readily establish excellent relationships with both staff, pupils and parents
•    have an up-to-date awareness of current issues and challenges in education
•    possess drive, expertise and enthusiasm 
•    possess an optimistic and resilient style when faced with pressure
•    be able to communicate well with children and young people, having an understanding of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people
•    Fostering good behaviour and care and consideration for others and the learning environment  
•    Providing focused support for children with identified special needs  
•    Support teaching and learning inside and outside of the classroom by working with identified children and focus groups  
•    Delivering intervention programmes set by the class teacher and report on the progress made by pupils  
•    Contributing to the assessment and progress of pupils’ learning and the maintenance of records  
•    Supporting school events, trips and visits  
•    Supporting the classroom teachers as required, such as maintaining the learning environment, presentation of pupil’s work and assisting with the planning of activities  
•    Undertake break, lunch and other duties as required  
•    Deliver basic first aid if needed (training will be provided)  

Further information, including a person specification, is available in our job pack and on our website.

Application Procedure

Candidates should complete an application form and supporting statement addressing the criteria presented in the role description and person specification. Completed applications should be sent to [email protected] by 5pm on Tuesday, 19 March 2024.

Early applications are encouraged, and we reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to this deadline.

A formal contract will be issued once the successful applicant has been appointed. It will be offered subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) check.

Safer Recruitment

CFS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. In accordance with our Child Protection Policy we are unable to process applications without a fully completed application form. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  All convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’ must be declared when applying. The applicant may post such a declaration in an envelope marked ‘Private & confidential for the Executive Principal’. The successful applicant must obtain List 99 clearance and DBS clearance at enhanced level.

About us

Address: Hunston Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1NP

Telephone: 01243 792690

Website: www.chichesterfreeschool.org.uk

Application form