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College Support Assistant - Kisharon

  • Location:
  • Sector: Not for Profit
  • Salary: Competitive depending on experience
Vocational College Support Assistants – hours: part-time, term-time only (34 weeks a year):
Tues-Thurs 9.00am-4.00pm, Fri 9.00am-12.30pm plus hour staff meeting
Additional hours may be available throughout the year supporting college students and other adults with learning disabilities.

Job Purpose :
To work individually and as part of a team to:
 Provide support for students, the teacher and the college in order to raise standards of achievement for all students, to encourage students to become independent learners, to provide support for their welfare, and to support the inclusion of students in all aspects of college life and community inclusion.
 Provide person centred support, enabling people to have control over their own lives by maximising their independence.
 Comply with policies and procedures set by the organisation and regulatory bodies, such as the Local Borough and Education authorities.

Main Responsibilities :
 Work as part of the staff team at the direction of the class teacher and Vocational College Manager to support teaching provision and students' learning and assessment.
 Under the guidance of the class teacher, Job Coach and Vocational College Manager work with individuals and groups of students in class to help them to achieve to the best of their ability.
 At the direction of the class teacher, to help to organise classroom activities, and prepare resources.
 Support the programmes for teaching of literacy and numeracy or to work to the student’s ILP’s, and assist students to access the full curriculum.
 Provide support for students' emotional and social development by encouraging and modelling positive behaviour, and dealing with behaviour as agreed in the students individual behaviour plans.
 Be aware of the learning and physical needs of the students being supported. There will be a daily requirement to manoeuvre students with physical disabilities, assist in physical activities, following appropriate training.
 Ensure the physical welfare of students and assist students with their physical needs as appropriate and agreed.
 Communicate and liaise with other members of college staff in order to ensure the most effective provision for students' academic, emotional and social development.
 Supervise students during break times and organise appropriate activities suitable for the students’ level of ability.
 Undertake Induction Training and other training as may be required to enable you to provide the college with effective support.
 Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adult. Be fully aware of an understand the duties and responsibilities arising from the Care Act. To also be fully aware of the principles of safeguarding as they apply vulnerable adults in relation to the role.
 Promote the safeguarding of young people and adults.
 Ensure that the line manager is made aware and kept fully informed of any concerns which the worker may have in relation to safeguarding and/or child protection.
 Provide support for the students in line with their individual, person centred support plans.
 Support the students in maintaining their emotional, physical, spiritual, cultural and psychological well being.
 Uphold and promote the rights, dignity, respect and choice of the students.
 Participate in and enable the students to complete independent living skills including cleaning, tidying, supporting the students to plan meals, shop and budget appropriately, and cooking where appropriate.
 Assist the students in maintaining relationships with family, friends and the local community.
Support the personal care needs of individuals where necessary and appropriate, affording dignity, respect and privacy.
 Support and assist individuals with medical/health needs, including maintaining a high level of cleanliness and hygiene, and the administering of medication subject to appropriate training Promoting healthy life style choices including balanced diet and exercise.
 Support individuals as directed to develop and enhance their skills and learn new skills to increase their opportunities of employment.
 Complete paperwork as and when necessary, e.g. filling in MAR sheets, recording discussions from meetings, filling in petty cash sheets etc.
 Conduct key working sessions and attend other meetings on request.
 Comply with any procedures as legislated by the education authority and directed by your line manager.
 Ensure effective relationships are developed and maintained with relevant services and professionals, including health services.
 Maintain records consistent with legal requirements of the service.
 Attend and contribute to team meetings, supervisions and appraisals.
 Undertake any other reasonable duties from time to time as may be directed by the Vocational Manager, Job Coach or class teacher where appropriate.

Working as part of a team
 Maintain effective working relationships and proactively liaise with and advise the Educational Vocational Instructor and Vocational College Manager and other team members
 Attend all team meetings and contribute to assessment/reviews and or individuals’ progress as required
 Inform the Vocational college manager of any service deficiencies, omissions or errors in a timely and appropriate manner.
 Communicate concerns relating to the safety and well being of individuals and/or colleagues to the Vocational college manager in a timely and appropriate manner.
 Maintain effective communications with staff, parents and families by maintaining accurate records and reports, including handovers as appropriate daily log book to be completed and other documentation.
 Provide staffing cover as required by managers, and to be the responsible person on duty
 Work with professionals such as physiotherapists, speech and language therapists etc

GENERAL/OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Maintain high professional standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance and conduct.
 Work within and encourage Kisharon’s Equal Opportunity policy and contribute to diversity policies and programmes in relation to discriminatory behaviour.
 Be responsible for own health and safety and that of colleagues in accordance with Kisharon’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety Guidance and Legislation.
 Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the college.
 Ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times.
 Participate in CPD and other learning activities as required.
 All staff are required to participate in the college’s performance management review process following successful completion of probation.
 Ensure the service is always delivered with respect and commitment to equal opportunities
 Develop professionally as a support assistant and be willing to learn new ways of working
 Undertake to abide by and support the Kisharon religious policy
 Value the rights of people with a learning disability and understand the needs of people with a learning disability

Essential:
- GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above or equivalent.
- Knowledge and undertaking of good care practice and acceptable risk taking
- Understanding of the principles of equal opportunities & anti discriminatory practices
- Ability to be self motivated and use personal initiative within a structured framework
- Some basic experience of looking after or working with students with Special Educational Needs.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Good numeracy and literacy skills
- Good observational skills
- Good use of ICT to support learning
- Ability to use initiative and have the ability to follow through on tasks.
- A proven ability to demonstrate awareness of the principles of and commitment to the promotion of equality of access and opportunity for students. To overcome obstacles/barriers to this and to support this in practice.
- High degrees of self-confidence, personal energy and dynamism
- Ability to work well under pressure and deal with stressful situations
- Ability to show empathy and understanding towards students
- Ability to support and participate in recreational activities and in accordance with the support plan. Ability and willingness to support swimming activity, physical exercise
- Understanding /awareness of or willingness to learn about Jewish culture
- Ability to deliver ‘person centred’ programmes
- Ability and willingness to provide personal toilet, hygiene and care support including intimate care and to undertake manual handling

Desirable:
- NVQ 2 or equivalent qualification or experience in relevant area
- Knowledge and experience of epilepsy
- Knowledge and understanding of Valuing People
- Experience of using a curriculum in an education setting
- Experience working with people with visual impairment
- First Aid Training
- Basic Food Hygiene Certificate