Learning Support Assistant (1:1 support)

  • Oxfordshire
  • The Oratory School
  • Competitive
  • Full-time | Fixed Term | Term Time

We have an exciting opportunity for a Learning Support Assistant. This is a fixed term role for 12 months with the opportunity to be extended. This role is a full-time term time role.

We are inviting applicants to apply for a Learning Support position within our SEND department. The role will be to work under the direction of the SENCo, to support the delivery of quality learning and teaching of a student with special educational needs. You would work one to one with a specific student who has a range of significant and complex needs such as ASC.

To undertake specified work with an individual under the direction and supervision of a qualified teacher.

To encourage participation in the social and academic processes of the school and enable them to become more independent learners.

To undertake work/care/support programmes to enable access to learning and to assist the teacher in the management of an individual in the classroom.

This is a fixed term role for 1 year with the potential for an extension beyond the initial term.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

This position involves handling a variety of tasks, including data management, communication coordination and general administrative support, including:

  • Work collaboratively with teachers and other professional agencies to provide effective support for learning activities.
  • Awareness of and work within school policies and procedures.
  • To work one-to-one with a student who has complex needs and provide an appropriate level of emotional and physical support where necessary.
  • To provide support under the direction and supervision of teaching staff to assist in access to the curriculum and participate fully in school activities.
  • Support a student one-to-one to understand instructions, support independent learning and inclusion.
  • Implement and contribute to planned learning activities/teaching programmes as agreed with the teacher, adjusting activities according to students’ responses as appropriate.
  • Participate in planning and evaluation of learning activities with the teacher, providing feedback to the teacher on student progress.
  • Support the teacher in behaviour management and keeping student on task based on expectations.
  • Provide support with challenging behaviour taking account of support plans and risk assessments under the direct supervision of a teacher.
  • Support the teacher in monitoring, assessing, and recording student progress/ activities.
  • Provide feedback in relation to attainment and progress under the guidance of the teacher.
  • Support the use of ICT in the curriculum.
  • Support one-to-one sessions through learning and planned learning activities.
  • Support learning by arranging/providing resources for lessons/activities under the direction of the teacher and in line with health and safety requirements.
  • Prepare and present displays.
  • Support students in their social development and their emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate.
  • Share information about the student with other staff, parents/carers, internal and external agencies, as appropriate in line with school policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development of student support plans and achievement plans.
  • Undertake student record keeping and maintenance of records as requested.
  • Invigilate examinations and tests.
  • Assist in escorting and supervising on educational visits and out of school activities under the direction of a teacher.
  • Support in developing and implementing their own personal and social development; including social skills.
  • Assist students with eating, dressing and hygiene, as required, whilst encouraging independence.
  • Provide basic first aid, liaising with senior leaders and medical staff and if appropriate referral to health service in emergency cases.

Support for the School

  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to safeguarding/ child protection, confidentiality, and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Show a duty of care and take appropriate action to comply with health and safety requirements at all times.
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure that all students have access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the school.
  • Maintain good relationships with colleagues and work together as a team.
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  • To attend morning briefings and staff meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required to meet individual student and staff needs.
  • Demonstrate and promote commitment to equal opportunities and to the elimination of behaviour and practices that could be discriminatory.

This job description should be seen as indicative of the type of responsibilities included within the role and not as a comprehensive list. You may be required to undertake such other reasonable duties from time to time as the school may reasonably require.


This is a full time, term time role for 35.7 hours a week, 39 weeks of the year: 34 weeks term time; one additional week for INSET training and the start/end of terms; and 4 weeks’ holiday to be taken during the school holidays).

Total hours per week: 37.5

Salary TBC


  • Free Sports Centre membership with access to the gym, squash courts, lane swimming and golf course.
  • Meals while on duty during term time.
  • Contributory pension scheme.
  • Death in Service benefit.
  • Free parking.


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The following duties will be deemed to be included in the duties, which you may be required to perform:

child protection, discipline, health and safety.

promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible

The Oratory Schools Association Registered Charity No 309112 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo checks with past employers, online and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exception Order 1975, 213, 2020.

Further Information


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Woodcote, Reading, RG8 OPJ

  • 172 Day Boys (11-18)
  • 94 Boarding Boys (11-18)
  • 78 Day Girls (11-18)
  • 28 Boarding Girls (11-18)
  • HMC, ISC

01491 683500 www.oratory.co.uk/

Closing Date: 31 May 2024