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ONE-TO-ONE LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT, (Starting 1st September)

A thriving and successful independent school for boys aged 3 – 7 is looking for an enthusiastic One-to-One Learning Support Assistant to support a reception pupil on a day to day basis at our Pre-Preparatory site in Chiswick. This is a part time position spread over four or five days a week.

The School

The Falcons School for Boys is a thriving and highly successful non-selective, independent Pre-Prep school for boys aged three to seven, based in Chiswick. The Pre-Prep, formally Faulkner House Boys, was founded in 1956 and at that time located in Notting Hill. In 1989 it transferred to its present site in Burnaby Gardens, changing its name to The Falcons. It is part of the Alpha Plus Group, one of the UK’s most successful educational organizations. Our sister school is the Falcons School for Girls in Putney which was acquired by the group in 2014.

The Post

The post falls vacant from 1st September 2017. We are seeking to appoint a full-time, hard-working, enthusiastic and reliable one-to-one support assistant who is committed to providing high quality learning experiences for our boys.

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Falcons School for Boys Job Description – One-on-One Learning Support Assistant EYFS and Key Stage 1

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

 

Summary of the role

 

  • Work closely with the class teacher to provide a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment for the pupil.
  • To be a committed member of the whole school community

 

Line management responsibility for
  • The one-on-one assistant is accountable to the class/subject teacher or co-ordinator with whom they are working, the Senior Management Team, the Deputy Head and then the Headmaster
Main duties and responsibilities
  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact with
  • To take an active part in the planning and delivery of the curriculum, contributing ideas and helping to organise resources/equipment as necessary. Keep classroom and equipment tidy and clean
  • Assist in maintaining a bright and pleasing learning environment e.g. helping design and put up displays of children’s work
  • Work confidently with the individual pupil and sometimes the whole class group
  • Assist in the development of pupil’s learning at all times i.e. during guided activities and during free play indoors and out
  • To assist the teacher in observing pupils and recording progress in the appropriate methods used in the school
  • Be prepared to supervise lunch times when necessary
  • Be prepared to supervise play times
  • Positively contribute to the school’s progress and development as a whole
  • Be prepared to attend school inset training and to work additional days at the beginning and end of each term. This will normally be 3 days on any one occasion, but may be varied by the headmaster.
  • Help out generally when possible e.g. when short staffed
  • Be familiar with the school’s Health and Safety procedures, fire procedures and all school policies
  • Maintain professional conduct when talking to parents e.g. at social events
  • Attend staff meetings and parent meetings where appropriate.
  • To fully participate in staff meetings, training and some school events
  • You may also be required to undertake such other comparable duties as the Head requires from time to time
  • (You) have responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people for whom you are responsible, or with whom you come into contact in the school.         It is your responsibility to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy at all times. If at any time you identify any instance that a child or young person is at risk you must report your concerns immediately to the Designated Safety Officer, DSO or the Head

 

Line management duties and responsibilities
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with the rest of the school’s assistants by asking questions, making suggestions and showing involvement in the team or year group in which you are working.
  • Co-operate fully with all members of staff and help promote good working relationships.
  • Be responsible for reporting to the teacher any concerns that you may have about a child or parent
  Note: This job description is indicative of the duties and responsibilities of the post but does not form part of any contract of employment. All jobs within the school evolve over time and their features vary from year to year

 

 

 

 

 

Falcons School for Boys Person Specification – One-on-One Learning Support Assistant EYFS and Key Stage 1

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

 

  Essential

These are qualities without which the Applicant could not be appointed

Desirable

These are extra qualities which can be used to choose between applicants who meet all of the essential criteria

 

Method of assessment
Qualifications
  • A clear DBS disclosure certificate
  • (We will process this prior to appointment)

 

  • Qualification for working with children who have Special Educational needs
  • Additional training/qualifications to enhance performance in EYFS and the Key Stage 1
  • First Aid qualification

 

Production of the Applicant’s certificates
Experience
  • Experienced working with children in this age range
  • Experience and commitment to working with parents and carers.
  • Supporting and extending children’s holistic development through a stimulating and challenging environment both inside and out.
  • Ability to assess priorities is essential

 

  • Experienced in contributing to planning and record keeping in a school
  • Experienced in working with other professionals
  • Experience of working in an educational establishment (school)
Contents of the Application Form

 

Interview

 

Professional references

 

Skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, both written and oral
  • Recognising and respond to individual children’s needs, routines, interests and development
  • Literacy and numeracy skills appropriate to the age range
  • Ability in managing children’s behaviour and the setting of clear boundaries with the class teacher
  • Ability to take initiative and to be flexible
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions as and when the need arises

 

  • Competent in ICT
  • Additional skills such as art/craft/music/PE

 

Contents of the Application Form

 

Interview

 

Professional references

Knowledge
  • Understanding of the developmental and learning needs of young children
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety issues relevant in a school context
  • Knowledge of ECM document
  • Awareness of safeguarding issues
  • Knowledge of National Curriculum
  • Knowledge/experience of boys only education
  • Knowledge of the London Independent day school systems
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of EYFS and Key Stage 1 curriculum

 

Contents of the Application Form

 

Interview

 

Professional references

Personal competencies and qualities
  • Motivation to work with children and young people
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
  • Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline
  • Sense of humour
  • Have an acceptable level of health
  • Good presentation and hygiene
  • Must have a good attendance record

 

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Sense of humour
  • Flexibility

 

Contents of the Application Form

 

Interview

 

Professional references

 

To be considered for this position you must obtain DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) clearance. References will be required and will be carefully checked.

 

The Falcons School for Boys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.

 

Closing Date: 11th August 2017