Learning Support Assistant - PHS

Closing Date: 18/07/2024

Location: Percy Hedley School, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 7BH

Would you like to work within a unique special school and make a difference to the learning, wellbeing and future life chances of children and young people with significant additional needs?  We have an exciting opportunity for empathetic and adaptable individuals, who thrive under pressure. 

Who We Are

Percy Hedley School is a school that sets out to make a difference to the learning, wellbeing and future life chances of children with additional needs. Teachers, therapists and special/learning support assistants work together in trans-disciplinary teams to meet the individual needs of every pupil. Together, we believe we can unlock each child’s potential and support achievement for all.

The Role

The main role of the LSA is to work as part of a team as directed by the Class Teacher or Therapist, to support children's care and learning. Good communication and organisation skills are essential. Experience of behaviour management, knowledge of deafness and British Sign Language or experience of integrated work with children or adults with PMLD would be an advantage.

It is a unique environment where no two days are the same. On a day-to-day basis you will:

  • Person centered, either one-to-one or two-to-one support with a student within the classroom environment.
  • Participate in the creative planning and implementation of all aspects of the children’s curriculum.
  • Support students out in the community and on educational visits.
  • Support our learners to maximise learning in crucial life skills, meet their goals and aspirations through communication, independence and participation.
  • Work closely with teachers, other LSAs and therapists to meet the needs of our students

Click here for the job description.

The working hours for this position are full time (37 hours per week), term time only (39 weeks).

The hours are as follows: 

Monday – 8am to 4pm

Tuesday – 8 am to 5pm

Wednesday - Friday – 8.30am to 4pm 

Why Work for Us

Percy Hedley School encourages career development and progression. We run a robust training programme and also have development opportunities both within school and across the wider Foundation.

We also offer the following benefits to staff:

  • Wellbeing support (including occupational health, physio services and counselling services)
  • Contributory Pension Scheme. (Contributions can be matched up to 5%.)
  • Induction and ongoing training.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to a rewards scheme designed to save money on shopping
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Sociable working hours, finishing at 4pm most days.
  • Have the school holidays off

Click here for more information on the benefits available: https://www.percyhedley.org.uk/work-with-us/

Salary amounts quoted are from 1 September to 31 August and therefore, if you commence employment part way through the academic year, they will be subject to an equated salary adjustment.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS and barring checks as well as other employment clearances such as referencing and online checks in line with our regulator’s legislation requirements .

Please note it is an offence to apply for this role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children and the Percy Hedley Foundation has the right to respond appropriately.

As a disability confident employer who is registered and accredited by the scheme, we would encourage all applications but please reach out if you require any guidance or support in your application

Please note that this role is classed as regulated activity as it involves working directly with children and/or vulnerable adults. All shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a criminal records self-declaration form prior to interview.

Please access the following link for our child protection policy:


This is ongoing recruitment so the vacancy will close when a suitable number of applicants have been appointed.

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Learning Support Assistant - PHS

Services: Education Services

Location: Percy Hedley School, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 7BH

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: £19,961.31-£21,075.32 per annum (Term Time Only)

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