North Hertfordshire College Watford, Hertfordshire, UK
Jan 21, 2017Full time
SPECIALIST LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT - SPRINGBOARD SALARY: £16-£20k, (pro rata - TERM TIME) plus pension and performance-related pay Location: WATFORD/Stevenage and working across Group sites in North Herts Springboard is a specialist off-site college provision with centres at both Watford and Stevenage. The therapeutic curriculum offer is a one year full-time personalised learning programme for young people aged 16-24, who require additional support before progressing to a mainstream course or employment. Many of our students have a diagnosis or traits of high functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder or emotional, behavioural and mental health needs. The Springboard provision offers students the opportunity to develop skills in social communication, independence and employability at both Levels 1 and 2. Springboard has an overall manager and each Centre has a specialist team comprising Lead Tutor, an Assessment and Transition Co-ordinator, learning support staff and therapists. JOB PURPOSE We are currently recruiting for a Specialist Learning Support Assistant to join the delivery team at Watford. You will provide support for students on programme by implementing an effective range of learning strategies to ensure outstanding learning outcomes for all students, and enable each to realise their full potential. You will have a strong track record of being involved with practitioners delivering good or better teaching and learning delivery, whilst achieving high levels of student success. You will also have a minimum of 2 years' experience of supporting students with additional needs including high functioning autism and /or social, emotional and behavioural needs. BENEFITS Salary £16-£20K pro rata Pension Scheme Participation in the Group's performance related pay scheme Term Time Working Hours Role and Responsibilities Support the tutor to deliver consistently good or better teaching sessions, across the range of curriculum offered, including maths and English. Implement a range of strategies to meet the diverse additional learning needs within the student cohort. Support the delivery of an appropriate blend of learning opportunities, making effective use of technology both within the classroom and via online and independent learning. Act as a key worker to a number of students to support the embedding and review of all course related, personal and EHCP targets. Working with each to raise their ambition and realise their full potential. Provide both academic and pastoral support for students, supporting them to progress to their aspirational destination. Support with transition through liaison with colleges and other external agencies and professionals. Support with the sourcing, monitoring and review of work experience opportunities for students. Engage proactively with internal and external stakeholders to maximise opportunities for employer engagement in the learning process. Comply with all aspects of the SEND Reforms including the monitoring of Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) targets and contribute to the EHCP annual review process. PERSON SPECIFICATION A strong track record of being involved with practitioners delivering good or better teaching and learning delivery, whilst achieving high levels of student success. Minimum 2 years' experience of supporting students with additional needs including high functioning autism and/or social, emotional and behavioural needs. Up to date knowledge of safeguarding, equality and diversity, health and safety and child protection legislation as it impacts on learning. Good analytical skills with proven ability to use management information to identify issues and opportunities to drive quality and performance. Well-developed organisational, communication and teamwork skills. Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications and the ability to adopt and use IT systems effectively Minimum Level 4 qualification or minimum 2 years' experience in a related field Level 2 qualification in maths and English or equivalent The post is based in Watford and as there will be some travel to the college's sites in Stevenage and Hitchin, it would be desirable if the post holder had use of a car. WHO WE ARE North Hertfordshire College (NHC) is a further education college with over 8,000 students across a wide range of curriculum areas. Everything we do at NHC is about helping students to achieve what they want to be in life. That means helping them to develop both the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their chosen occupational area, and the employability skills that we know employers require of young people when they enter the world of work. NHC is part of the Hart Learning Group which also includes Hart Learning & Development, a progressive learning and development business that helps business clients of all sizes to engage with emerging talent, and the Hart Schools Trust - a burgeoning multi-academy trust which sponsors a small number of schools in our local community. We are currently working towards an ambitious five-year strategy. We want NHC to be Outstanding by 2018. To realise our strategy, we need the best people around. We're building an amazing team, all of whom share our passion, pace and commitment to helping our students achieve what they want to be in life.