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Learning Support Assistant

Salary & Grading: Level 2 SCP 5-6 £23,500 to £23,893 (full time equivalent).   Actual salary: £17,478 to £17,781

Working Pattern:  32 hours per week, term time only plus 1 week (Monday 8.45am to 4.15pm Tuesday to Friday 08.45am to 3.30pm)

We are looking to recruit into various full-time Learning Support Assistant roles. As one of our Learning Support Assistants based at Co-op Academy Southfield, you'll find the job rewarding as you will help make a difference to the lives of young people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.

  • You'll support the class teacher in the planning and delivery of an appropriately differentiated and suitably challenging creative curriculum.

  • You'll provide personal care to students and administer medication as and when required

  • You’ll support pupils with special needs and disabilities, to access learning activities, communicate effectively with them and ensure their safety, including supporting students in our on-site swimming pool

  • You’ll work collaboratively as part of a cheerful and effective team

  • You’ll relate well to students and adults adapting methods and responses to the needs of different students

  • Following appropriate training you’ll assist with the implementation of individual students’ Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), Behaviour Plans, and NHS Care Plans.

It is essential you have experience of working with young people with special educational needs or disabilities. Experience of behaviour management or physical intervention is also essential.

You’ll have a NVQ2 for Teaching Assistants or an equivalent qualification, and be willing to learn a range of new skills. If you meet these criteria and have good communication skills, we would love to hear from you.

Formal training will be provided where necessary in specialist strategies, moving and handling, medical interventions, safeguarding, PREVENT, GDPR and Team Teach (de-escalation and physical intervention to support challenging behaviour).

For further detailed information please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

Should you have any questions in regards to this role, or would like an informal discussion with the Academy, please contact Human Resources in the first instance via email.


  • Co-op staff discounts and other benefits; cycle to work, Eyecare, Flu vaccine, Rental deposit scheme and Season tickets loans

  • Local pension scheme

  • Health Assured - Free access to a confidential 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme

  • Excellent opportunities for personal and career development within the Co-op Academies Trust

  • Effective, supportive and dynamic leadership across Co-op Academy Southfield

  • A superb, school building with a flexible and creative ICT rich working environment

  • Enthusiastic students who are keen to make good progress

  • Welcoming, friendly, supportive, effective and efficient professional/continuing professional development

How to apply

Closing date: 11.45pm, Sunday 7th January 2024

Recruitment day: To be confirmed

The Co-op Academies Trust operates blind shortlisting as part of its recruitment process to ensure a fair and rigorous process. To Apply please complete Application Form PART A and Application Form PART B and email to our recruitment team

Applications must be on our application form (returned in Word or Google Doc, not pdf format), which is available along with other supporting information on our website at

For more information about the Trust, and to apply please visit:

Co-op Academies Trust as an aware employer is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority. This commitment to robust recruitment, selection and induction procedures extends to organisations and services linked to the Trust on its behalf. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We value variety and individual differences, and aim to create a culture, environment and practices at all levels which encompass acceptance, respect and inclusion. All our colleagues are expected to demonstrate a commitment to co-operative values and principles.

Co-op Academies Trust aims to provide an outstanding education for all our learners, founded on co-operative values, at the heart of the community. It is responsible for academies in Leeds, Wirral, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent with the Co-op acting as the sponsor

You’ll join a talented staff team and a successful partnership of schools which is committed to raising the educational ambitions of the communities it serves. As part of the Trust we can offer successful candidates a huge variety of opportunities for development and progression across all phases.