Advanced Learning Support Assistant Apprentice – Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park

Brief overview of the role

In your role as a Learning Support Assistant Apprentice, you will learn how to play a pivotal role in the development of positive educational experiences for children with a range of abilities in the school setting. You will be working with the support of qualified teaching and support staff.

Vacancy description

Main duties will include:

  • Attend to the pupils’ personal needs and implement related personal programmes, including social, health, physical hygiene and welfare matters
  • As part of making reasonable adjustments for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities it will sometimes be necessary to direct LSA’s to support pupil’s intimate care needs in line with the academy Intimate Care Policy and to maintain the pupils health, safety and personal dignity
  • Work with the class teacher and Inclusion Manager to support the implementation of person centred planning and targets for SEND pupils
  • Liaise with appropriate external SEND or health professionals to ensure that advice on provision for individual SEND pupils is effectively implemented
  • Supervise and support SEND pupils ensuring their safety and access to learning
  • Establish good relationships with all pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Encourage all pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Encourage and support SEND pupils to develop appropriate and increasing levels of independence
  • Be aware of SEND pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher as agreed
  • Undertake pupil record keeping and assessment for SEND pupils as requested
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties and adopting recommended strategies as appropriate
  • Support the teacher in the preparation of appropriate resources for SEND pupils
  • Prepare and maintain equipment/resources for SEND pupils as directed by the teacher and to assist pupils in their use
  • To support in the appropriate lunchtime provision for SEND and other vulnerable pupils
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of and support diversity and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance management as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required

Desired skills


  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly both verbally and in writing
  • Some knowledge of some of the social issues facing students from disadvantaged backgrounds


  • Knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Knowledge and understanding of pupils with social and emotional difficulties that may impact upon their behaviour

Personal qualities

  • Ability to respond calmly to behaviours SEND pupils may display as a result of their needs
  • Ability to take on-board detailed knowledge from reading reports or liaising with other professionals to develop pupils learning, communication or other skills
  • Ability to work with pupils across the Primary age range
  • Being prepared to support intimate personal care for those who require this support
  • To build positive and collaborative relationships with a range of both academy based and external professionals
  • In depth understanding of areas of learning
  • Understanding of principles of student development and learning processes
  •  Ability to plan effective actions for pupils at risk of underachieving
  • Effective use of ICT to support learning
  • Use of other equipment technology – video, photocopier
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills to be able to relate well to a wide range of people
  • Work constructively as part of a team whilst being able to demonstrate initiative
  • Good communication skills
  • Have commitment to own personal and professional development
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • Empathy with the aims and objectives of the Harris Federation

Desired qualifications

  • Educated to GCSE level C/4  or equivalent
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software
  • Knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Knowledge and understanding of pupils with social and emotional difficulties that may impact upon their behaviour
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly both verbally and in writing

Future prospects

Learners can progress onto a Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning and/or assessment against the Higher Level Teaching Assistant professional standards to achieve HLTA status. Level 4 qualifications in a relevant area, the Early Years Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree, are also open to successful candidates.

Training to be provided

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support of Teaching and Learning in schools
  • Level 2 Functional skills in English (if candidate does not already have equivalent)
  • Level 2 Functional skills in Maths (if candidate does not already have equivalent)
37.5 Monday - Friday|
£5.60 - £7.50/hour, depending on age