Learning Support Assistant

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £9.42 per hour
Published 7 months ago
Start date ASAP
Contact Lesley-Anne Fitzgerald
Job ref NIC0000929_1577966705

Job description

Grafton Recruitment are working in partnership with a large public sector organisation to recruit a temporary Learning Support Assistant to start ASAP for a duration of up to 12 weeks.

Pay rate: £9.42 per hour

Location: Millfield - Belfast

Hours: Part-time or up to 36 per week.

Essential Criteria

  • English GCSE at Grade C or above, OR Essential Skills level 2 (or higher) in Communication, or equivalent
  • Maths GCSE at Grade C or above, OR Essential Skills level 2 (or higher) in Numeracy, or equivalent
  • Have experience of working with young people or adults with mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities and/or long term medical conditions in an educational, care or training setting
  • Be competent in the use of a computer to produce worksheets, photographs etc.
  • A broad knowledge and understanding of adult status and inclusion
  • Demonstrate sensitivity towards feelings of others especially in personal care situations


  • Working with students to identify and help overcome specific difficulties, but not to provide subject specific tuition.
  • Assisting students in accessing campus facilities including opening doors, carrying bags, orientation around campus, general assistance etc.
  • Making any necessary reasonable adjustments to ensure support is delivered in an accessible manner.
  • Adhering to Health and Safety procedures including personal fire evacuation plans;
  • Providing reports, written and oral, as required including those for internal quality assurance arrangements.
  • Ensuring that all documentation and authorisation procedures are adhered to.
  • Maintaining accurate records of all class preparation work and to make these available to the Line Manager on request.
  • Maintaining appropriate professional conduct.
  • Carrying other duties appropriate to the grade and role assigned.

Service Provision for Supported Learning:

  • To provide classroom support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • To provide for the personal care needs of students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • To provide support to students on work placement
  • To provide support on transport to and from College and between sites
  • To support tutors in the administration function and daily classroom activities
  • To liaise with parents/carers/guardians when directed to do so
  • To supervise students in college
  • To carry out other duties as and when required

Provision of classroom support for Supported Learning

  • To work closely with tutors to prepare resources and materials both electronic and traditional for students
  • To assist students in accessing specialist equipment to support their learning where appropriate
  • To assist students in the organisation and management of tasks in the classroom within the scope and context of their qualification
  • In the absence of a lecturer, to supervise students in the classroom

To provide for the personal care needs of students with learning difficulties and disabilities for Supported Learning;

  • To assist students with personal care and hygiene
  • To supervise students during break and lunch time and ensure all dietary requirements are met
  • To ensure that students receive appropriate levels of supervision and attention
  • To advise students on personal hygiene issues

Supervision of students in college for Supported Learning

  • To supervise students on transport to and from college and between sites
  • To supervise students while waiting on transport
  • To provide early morning supervision in case of students arriving before class
  • To accompany students to the canteen and to other college campuses
  • To provide supervision at break and lunchtime to ensure the safety of student.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an Access NI Disclosure check at a cost of £18/£33. A person's criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. If you are interested please upload your CV to the link provided, Lesley-Anne Fitzgerald will be in touch to confirm if you have been shortlisted.


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