Learning Support Assistant

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Please see advert text
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
31/12/2023 12:00
£22,369 to £23,194 per annum pro rata (actual £17,390 - £18,032)
Hours per week:
33.5 hours per week
Job Category:
Schools - Support
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Gilbert Ward Academy, Princess Louise Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2TS
Number of posts:
Closing date:
31 Dec
Further Information
Are you passionate about supporting children with special educational needs? Do you have experience or interest in working with pupils with social, emotional, and mental health challenges? Do you want to join a friendly and supportive team of staff in a brand new, state of the art academy?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be the perfect candidate for the learning support assistant position at Gilbert Ward Academy.

Gilbert Ward Academy is a purpose-built academy that opened in September 2023, catering for children with social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) as their primary area of need. The academy will provide education to 80 pupils aged 11-16 working between lower key stage two and key stage four. Many of the pupils will have additional special educational needs, such as autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

As a learning support assistant, you will work under the guidance of the class teacher and the Leadership Team to support the teaching and learning of our pupils. You will help them to overcome barriers to learning, develop their social and emotional skills, and achieve their full potential. You will also contribute to the development of a positive and inclusive learning environment that meets the needs of all our pupils.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Prosper Learning Trust is proud to say that the Real Living Wage is matched we also offer the successful candidate:
• A friendly and supportive team of staff who are willing to share expertise and learn from one another
• Opportunities for career development and support with development through Trust wide CPD programmes.
• Access to an Employee Assistance Programme and support from the Trust's Wellbeing Network Group.
• Access to either Teacher's Pension or Local Government Pension Scheme.

Prosper Learning Trust was established in January 2018 with Newcastle Bridges School and Mary Astell Academy. Thomas Bewick School joined the Trust in April 2019, Harry Watts Academy in September 2020 and Gilbert Ward Academy will open during the 2023/2024 academic year. We are striving to build further collaboration across the academies and grow as a multi-academy trust, whilst continuing to strengthen our relationships with schools outside the MAT for the benefit of our pupils.

Prosper Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone applying to work within the Trust is expected to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are invited for interview, you will be required to disclose convictions that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. Certain spent convictions and cautions will be ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed. Full details on protected convictions and information about which convictions must be declared during job applications can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. You will be asked for further information about your criminal history during the recruitment process. If your application is successful, this self-disclosure information will be checked against information from the Disclosure and Barring Service before your appointment is confirmed. This role will include Regulated Activities and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is required for this post. Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise

The successful candidates will be deployed at Gilbert Ward Academy but will be expected to work at any Prosper Learning Trust site should the need arise

Download the application pack from:

Completed applications should be returned to: jobapplications@prosperlearningtrust.co.uk

Closing date: Ongoing

Interviews: As soon as possible.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact
Please note:

We can only accept CVs when accompanied by a fully completed application form.