Learning Support Assistant

Job Description

Job Title:  Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

Reporting to:  Head of Learning Support, Stamford School

Responsible for: n/a


Core Purpose

To provide support for pupils with a range of difficulties to enable them to access the curriculum and progress to their full potential.


Key Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Head of Learning Support:

To support pupils identified by the Head of Learning Support, Deputy Head – Pastoral and Assistant Head - Teaching and Learning to:

  • Promote the development of key skills.
  • Promote communication and interaction.
  • Promote self-esteem and well-being.
  • Promote and support inclusion in all curriculum and extracurricular activities by encouraging and facilitating participation and learning.
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with students to adapt to their needs and support their learning. 
  • Model positive attitudes, values and behaviours.
  • Provide positive feedback and praise to the student in relation to progress and achievement.
  • Demonstrate an informed and efficient approach to teaching and learning by adopting relevant strategies to support the teaching and learning process and increase achievement.
  • Undertake a support role, as appropriate, within the classroom and whole school context recognising that these may extend beyond a direct support role. 
  • To assist, with the Head of Learning Support (and other colleagues as appropriate), in the development of suitable programmes of support.
  • Plan and deliver high quality intervention programmes to small group or individual students.
  • Share knowledge through accurately kept written records and termly reports to inform planning and decision making. 
  • Work collaboratively with parents, classroom teachers and other colleagues. To include keeping parents and other professionals accurately informed of pupil performance, progress or concerns. 
  • To attend departmental meetings as required.
  • To be aware of and follow school policies and procedures, including those related to confidentiality and Child Protection.
  • To undertake other duties consistent with the overall level, nature and grading of the post at the request of the line manager.


Person Specification








Good standard of general education

Hold a relevant formal qualification

Qualifications in Learning Support, ie teaching pupils with Dyslexia.


Knowledge & Experience


Able to understand the educational needs of pupils and young people

Previous experience of working with children.

Previous experience of working in a similar environment

Experience of working with pupils with Special Educational Needs

Experience of contributing to the development of individual learning plans.

Experience of working on a 1:1 basis or small group basis.


Key Skills









Ability to demonstrate a person centered and respectful approach to the pupil and family.

Ability to engage & motivate pupils.

Flexible approach to working & problem solving.

Honest & able to work in a confidential manner.

Good organisational & planning skills.

Good working knowledge of IT skills.

Good written and verbal communication skills

Able to interpret information and relay this to students in an appropriate way.

Able to work autonomously as well as part of a team. Able to use initiative responsibly within the parameters of the role.

Able to contribute effectively to the team, supporting work colleagues as appropriate.

Able to anticipate the needs of the students

Able to work professionally and ethically with students at all times.

Be creative in approach to teaching and supporting students.




Other Attributes


Hold satisfactory DBS clearance at an advanced level

Excellent team player

Willingness to contribute to whole school activities, including co-curricular & duties