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Mentors/teaching assistants needed for PRU schools across NE London.
Experience working with children with emotional and behavioural needs? Or a passion for supporting vulnerable children both academically and socially?
anzuk Education currently have a large demand for passionate and enthusiastic learning support assistants (LSA’s) to work in a range of our pupil referral units (PRU’s) all across NE London. The boroughs in which we have the greatest demand for learning support assistants are as follows; Islington, Tower Hamlets, Hackney as well as Barnet. PRU’s are alternative provisions for pupils who have challenging behavioural and social needs, or for pupils whom have gone missing in education. As a result, the pupils whom you will be supporting in the classroom could potentially have social emotional and mental health issues, or possibly severe levels of autism and specific learning difficulties.
Despite this, class sizes in these provisions are incredibly small, often with no more than eight pupils in a class, to ensure that more direct and targeted support is being provided to each pupil. The objective of a PRU is to provide the targeted support required for pupils, with the endeavour to gradually reintegrate them back into a mainstream setting. Therefore, your role as an LSA will entail providing close academic and behavioural support, either in small groups or on a 1:1 basis, for vulnerable pupils to impart a life-changing impact on their academic and social development.
Previous experience catering for pupils with severe academic and behavioural needs, either in an SEND or mainstream setting, is advantageous but not essential. The most essential attributes when working with vulnerable pupils are the willingness to learn and develop as a practitioner, as well as to be patient and compassionate when understanding and supporting the specific challenges of each pupil.
The roles and responsibilities of an LSA typically involve:
- Working closely with the class teacher to support in the delivery of
exceptional learning experiences for children.
- Working on a 1:1 basis, or in small group sizes, with pupils to provide more
targeted and meaningful learning experiences.
- Utilising effective behavioural management techniques to assist in promoting
an optimal learning environment within the classroom.
- Assisting the teacher to set-up engaging and interactive practical lesson
- Undertake additional duties, such as break and lunch duties, as and when is
The majority of our roles require candidates who are able to commit to a long-term position 5 days a week, during typical school hours (usually between 8:30am - 3:30pm).
To apply and commence working with us you must meet the below criteria:
- Possess an Enhanced Child DBS with an update service subscription,
or demonstrate the willingness to apply for one through anzuk.
- Possess an updated CV, outlining paid employment covering the last two
years - any gaps in employment must be accounted for.
- Be based in London, or surrounding areas, and able to provide a valid
police check from countries you have lived in (outside of the UK) within the
last 5 years.
- Be able to show experience working with children in a coaching, tutoring,
teaching or mentoring role - or a willingness to learn and undertake new
You must have all of the above to be able to be cleared for work.
Learning Support Assistants often earn between £75 - £85 per day, dependent upon previous experience. Higher rates of pay can be considered for high-performing candidates with excellent references.
How to apply:
For additional information, or to apply for this role, please contact Kim on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About anzuk Education:
anzuk Education have been based in London since 2004. Our aim is to help create exceptional experiences for the learners of today; we accomplish this by always placing the best educators in the right learning environment.
anzuk Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunities. We respect and value cultural and religious diversity and will not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, religion, culture or disability. Each individual will be assessed on merit alone.