Cambian Hartlepool School is an independent, DfE-registered, co-educational day school, providing specialist education for up to 18 students, aged 11-17 years.

Hartlepool School and vocational centre exists in order to provide academic and learning opportunities for students who have previously struggled in mainstream schools. Students placed here will normally have recognised social, emotional and behavioural attributes (SEMH). The School provides a nurturing environment that is set up to meet the individual needs of these students.

Pupils who attend Hartlepool School follow the National Curriculum and we also have facilities to offer an alternative curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of our young people should this be appropriate. 

The school is part of Cambian Children’s Services whose vision is to be the leading provider of specialist children’s service within the UK. Cambian ensures that each individual achieves their personal best.

Job Description

Learning support assistant, Hartlepool [SYS-2424]

Purpose of the role:

To work in the educational area providing teaching, guidance, support and encouragement to young people in a variety of settings including the classroom, education and, where appropriate, off site activities. The job involves enabling our young people to develop by providing academic, physical and emotional support. The role is about working as part of a team to maintain a stable, happy and caring environment that puts the health, safety and welfare of our young people first. Important qualities of this role are being a good role model and conducting yourself in a professional manner at all times whilst on duty or representing the company at outside events.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

To provide high quality teaching and learning opportunities
To show flexibility and differentiation when working across all ability levels

To provide structured learning opportunities through effective classroom management
To ensure that all students are working towards their agreed accreditations
To use a variety of teaching approaches and activities to develop students’ learning through planned intervention and independent learning opportunities both within the school environment and more inclusive community contexts
To support and contribute to the School’s total communication approach
To offer teaching opportunities, which give concrete learning experiences
To maintain effective partnerships with parent/carers to promote students’ learning and to provide information to parents about targets, achievements and progress
To help produce quality displays around the School and ensure that they are updated regularly.

To assist students upon arrival, during the morning routines, lunch/break times and upon departure
To help the teachers prepare the learning environment and maintain it to a good standard. This may include clearing up afterwards, particularly in practical subjects such as Cooking, Construction or Art
Guiding students in carrying out the work set by the teacher (this may be as the person in charge of a small group with no teacher present or in some cases 1-2-1) 
Assisting with therapy programmes
Support in the upkeep of teaching resources and ensure that the classroom environment is supportive of each learners needs

Supervise and provide support for all students ensuring their safety and access to learning activities
Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education and Behaviour Plans
Establish constructive relationships with students and interact with them according to individual needs
Promote the well-being and acceptance of all students
Encourage students to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence

Person specification 

Qualifications – 

Qualification in English & Maths

Computing knowledge e.g. Microsoft office package.

Willingness to undertake all training as requested.

Commitment to undertake professional development.


Experience of working with young people with SEMH, challenging behaviour in an educational setting.

Experience of working with a positive behaviour support model.

Knowledge – 

Knowledge of safeguarding


The ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

The ability to carry out detailed instructions and relay back relevant information.

Able to relate well to students and build positive and respectful relationships that are on a professional level


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