Learning Support Assistant Vacancy

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Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

Permanent Contract

Required as soon as possible

Salary – Grade 3 (from £17,173 to £20,541 pro-rata and dependent upon experience)

Please be aware that the salary will dependent upon experience and will be paid on a pro-rata basis, based on 29.75 hour contract for 38 weeks per year. This means the actual basic annual salary will be between £11,420 and £13,659. Salary payments are made in 12 equal monthly payments.


29.75 hours per week, 38 weeks per year (term time only), made up as follows:

8.45am to 3.30pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (with a 40 minute lunch break)

8:45am to 3:10pm Tuesdays and Fridays (with a 40 minute lunch break)

You will also be required to attend some training sessions and/or meetings after school and on P.D. Days, which are not part of the contracted hours; for these occasions you would claim additional hours.


We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated Learning Support Assistant to join the team at our all age special school. You will be working with pupils with a wide range of complex needs including Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The age range is 2 ½ to 19 years.

You may have skills already, or be keen to develop skills, in working with pupils with complex needs, specifically pupils with Autism.  You will be expected to be very flexible and must have a truly positive approach to the strategies used to develop practice in schools and settings for pupils with Autism. Knowledge of the needs of PMLD pupils would also be an advantage.

You will have a proven track record of excellent communication skills, working co-operatively and developing positive relationships.

Learning Support Assistants work as part of the staff team under the direction of class teachers and may be required to work with pupils of any age and ability. 

Learning Support Assistants need to be enthusiastic about learning, able to motivate and provide the support necessary to help every pupil make as much progress as possible. Emotional and physical resilience, the ability to stay calm in challenging situations, patience and a good sense of humour are all very important.

Hillside is a very successful school that places the pupils at the heart of everything. We retained our “Outstanding” rating, for a fourth consecutive occasion, in a short inspection by Ofsted in March 2018.

The staff are friendly and supportive and diversity is at our core.  As a school, we are passionate about equality and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities, which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

Experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and a relevant level 2 qualification or above (e.g. NVQ – Supporting Teaching and Learning) are desirable.


Pupils on Roll: 92


We actively encourage you to see our school in action before applying.  To arrange a visit, or if you have any questions about the post, please contact Michelle Kelly, Headteacher, by email to: head@hillside.suffolk.sch.uk detailing which post you are interested in.

If this post is of interest to you and you want to make a real contribution to our school, we would welcome a visit and an application from you. All applications must be made on an official application form (see below) and signed by the applicant. Please send your application form for the attention of Emma Thake, Business Manager to admin@hillside.suffolk.sch.uk or in the post to Hillside Special School, Hitchcock Place, Sudbury, CO10 1NN.   


Closing date: Thursday 17 January 2019

Interview date: Wednesday 30 January 2019


If you submit an application but have not heard from us by Monday 28 January 2019, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the school.



Learning Support Assistant Job Description

LSA Application Form (Word document)

LSA Application Form (PDF document)

Support Staff Application Form Guidance Notes

If you are unable to download these documents, please contact us and we can arrange to send them to you.