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Orchard School Bristol

Learning Support Assistant (2 vacancies) - closing date July 6th

Contract Term: Permanent

Salary: BG7 £19,945-£21,166. Actual Salary £17,364-£18,41

Hours: Full Time

Closing date: 6th July 2020, 9am

Start date: 1st September 2020


We are seeking two Learning Support Assistants to deliver literacy and numeracy interventions, and also social skills, speech and language development, and support students with learning difficulties and disabilities. There may also be times when you are needed to work in-class with teachers to support the learning of identified students with additional needs.

The post would suit an individual with excellent Maths and English skills and competent ICT skills, who is keen to make a difference to young people’s life chances. We are looking for individuals who are able to take responsibility for interventions and are able to support some of our most vulnerable students to engage positively in school. Learning Support Assistants must be able to listen to young people and find proactive ways through their concerns and difficulties to enable personal development and positive wellbeing, and at the same time be firm and fair with children in maintaining good behaviour for learning.  

We are particularly interested in LSAs who have excellent English and are able to speak community languages. Over the past few years this role has appealed to recent graduates who may be considering a future career in teaching, educational psychology or social work. Previous graduate LSAs have found the experience of two years or so in an LSA role prior to teacher training to be invaluable. Experienced LSAs who have worked with literacy and numeracy packages are warmly welcomed to apply, however we will provide any necessary CPD, and opportunities to grow to become the best practitioner you can be. More than one role is available.

We are a friendly school, serving a richly diverse community in north Bristol. Our students are wonderful – they value their teachers, knowing that you can make a real difference to their lives. The mission statement of the school, “inspire today, empower for life”, lies at the heart of all that the school does. We place no limits on our aspirations for our students.


Please look at our website where you will find our Ofsted report – we are a seriously good school. We are building success on the core ORCHARD values of being: Open-minded, Respectful, Creative and Curious, Healthy, Ambitious, Responsible and Determined. If what we are doing resonates with you, and you are keen to work closely with us supporting our students’ aspirations and achievements, then we wholeheartedly welcome your application.

Fluency Duty 

This role has been identified as falling within the definition of requiring fluency in spoken English. You will be required to speak English with confidence and be able to conduct a conversation and answer questions for extended periods of time.


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