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BSL Specialist Learning Support Assistant

Application deadline
August 4, 2024 10:00 pm
High Needs
Employment type
Fixed term
23 Hours Per Week (Term Time only)
Telford College - Wellington, Telford
£12,010 (Pro rata)
Reporting to
Potential interview date
Vacancy reference
About the role

We have an exciting new vacancy in our High Needs department for a BSL Specialist Learning Support Assistant.

To contribute and work proactively in facilitating learner access to Telford College in a range of activities, including both social and academic. This could include offsite activities. To promote inclusion and employ strategies and procedures that provide inclusive person-centred support, assessing and supporting achievement and monitoring progress towards learner objectives.

Learning Support Assistants support teaching and learning for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and to carry out other duties as may be necessary and assigned by Telford College.

The post holder is responsible to the EHCP and Learning Support Coordinator and the Teacher for his/her duties, responsibilities and tasks. The post holder is required to maintain efficient professional working relationships with all students, staff, parents/carers, other professionals and all visitors.

Key Responsibilities
  • To work with and support a student who has a hearing impairment, in mainstream lessons/lectures, in individual sessions when required and in other school activities such as trips and events, as appropriate.
  • To support the student to facilitate access to the teaching and learning environments and to achieve their objectives on their Education Health and Care Plan.
  • To establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations for engagement, learning and behaviour.
  • To facilitate access to the language of the curriculum using the child or young person’s preferred mode of communication (BSL).
  • To communicate, modify and clarify language within the classroom / lecture / training environment, using British Sign Language (BSL).
  • To follow up the introduction of key concepts and new vocabulary, checking understanding; re-explaining ideas, note taking; modifying and summarising ideas and information in note form either manually or electronically
  • To liaise with the Teacher of the Deaf and EHCP and Learning Support Coordinator to ensure students needs are being met at college
  • To negotiate strategies for supporting students with HI with individual class teachers should communication or access issues arise.
  • To support with the relationships with peers, facilitating communication whilst recognising the need to be sensitive to the young people; helping to build pupil selfesteem and confidence.
  • To facilitate communication between the student and mainstream staff including interpreting for the student if appropriate
  • To promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and praise/reward achievement of self-reliance.
Skills, knowledge and expertise

Qualifications and training

  • Hold a BSL qualification at Level 3 or above or be willing to work towards achieving level 3
  • You should have Literacy and Numeracy skills to a good standard, preferably Level 2, or be willing to undertake training to achieve this.
  • Hold a Language Modifier qualification
  • Excellent ability to make and record observations/and provide positive behaviour support to young people who may be disengaged

Skills and expertise

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with students and staff at all levels and to establish and maintain good relationships with young people.
  • Experience of and genuine desire to work with children and adults with Special Educational Needs.
  • Ability to provide study skills support to students on higher level programmes, including differentiation of tasks and facilitating access to the curriculum.
  • Experience supporting and supervising students in practical or work-based learning environments.
How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your application and knowing more about your qualifications, skills, personal qualities and experience that you would bring to the role and to Telford College. Please take time to review the job description.

Please complete the online application form with details of your full employment history (since leaving school, including education, employment and voluntary work) including reasons for any gaps in employment. This should also include a statement of the personal qualities and experience you believe are relevant to your suitability for the post and how this meets the job description and person specification requirements. Your application form will be re-produced in a standard format by the system (without personal identifiers) to assist us in our anonymised shortlisting process.

Under Section 7 of SVGA 2006 it is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. The college’s safeguarding policies are available here. Under KCSIE (keeping children safe in education) guidance the college is committed to all pre-employment safeguarding checks, including online checks and candidate history. Therefore, please note upon clicking to apply you agree for these checks to be completed.