• Learning Support Assistant - reference: 024

    Learning Support Assistant starting as soon as possible

    Hackney New School is a new secondary free school for boys and girls with a focus on music. We have Year 7 and Year 8 students. Our core vision is to provide students with access to the widest range of opportunities in life by fostering academic excellence and instilling self-belief, intellectual curiosity and responsibility towards others in society. An extended day, starting at 7.30am with breakfast club and finishing at 6pm, will give the students time to experience a range of extra-curricular activities, time to study independently and learn to think for themselves. We are located at 1-9 Downham Road, Hackney, N1 5AA.

    We are looking to recruit an outstanding Learning Support Assistant .

    Job Title: Learning Support Assistant 
    Hours:  8am – 6pm per week – term time only
    Responsible to:  Headteacher and SENCo
    Purpose:  To assist in the support and inclusion of children in order to allow them to access the school’s curriculum
    Salary: £19,000 - £20,000

    Learning Support Assistant Job Description

    Main Area of Responsibility Supporting the Student


    • To primarily develop and provide individual or small group intervention programmes for  students during the Schools Study afternoon sessions.
    • To develop knowledge of a range of learning support needs relevant to the school.  
    • To develop an understanding of the specific needs of the students in need of support.
    • To aid the students to learn as effectively as possible in both group situations and individually, inside and outside the classroom, eg: Clarifying and explaining instructions, ensuring the student is able to use equipment.

    Motivating and encouraging students


    • Assisting in areas of specific weakness, such as speech and language, physical needs
    •  Helping students to concentrate on and complete set tasks to the best of their ability
    •  Attend to students’ personal and health needs.
    •  Assisting in management of students’ social interactions and behaviour.
    •  Assisting in reaching Targets as identified on the student’s PLP (Personalised Learning Plan).
    •  To encourage acceptance and inclusion of the student
    •  To use methods of promoting/reinforcing the student’s self esteem
    •  Provide positive feedback to students

    Supporting the Teacher


    •  In conjunction with the class teacher and/or other professionals to develop and maintain a system of recording, monitoring and reporting the child’s  progress.
    •  To provide feedback about the student/s to the teacher or relevant professional.

    Supporting the School


    • Where appropriate to foster links between home and school.
    • To liaise, advise and consult with other members of the team
    • To contribute to reviews of students’ progress as appropriate
    • To participate in relevant professional development.
    • To follow school policies and procedures.
    • To maintain confidentiality within home/student, teacher/school work.
    • Any other duty reasonably required by the Headteacher


    •  The post holder will be directly supervised by the SENCo
    •  The post holder will organise his/her own workload and priorities on a day to day basis using his/her own initiative and knowledge of the work.

    Job Context

    Learning Support Assistants work within the Support Team and are an integral part of the school’s Personalised Learning Programme. Their role is vital in supporting and including low ability, EAL  and vulnerable students and is valued highly at Hackney New School.   Learning Support Assistants work both with individuals and with whole groups of students and can have an immense impact on the learning and pastoral care systems put in place for students.

    Knowledge, Experience and Training

    • Educated to at least GCSE or equivalent standard where possible
    • Have emotional intelligence
    • Experience of working with young people
    • Experience of working with students with English as an additional language
    • Ability to communicate, organise and work under pressure with the minimum of supervision.
    • To be able to work collaboratively as a team

    Problems and Decisions

    The post-holder is required to deal with students on a regular basis and must possess the ability to offer a wide range of advice and help on a variety of issues or seek advice on behalf of students


    An organised and methodical approach to the work must be adopted in order to ensure the efficiency of the support team.

    Additional Information

    The postholder must possess the ability to work under pressure whilst dealing with constant interruptions from various sources. The postholder will be part of the Support Team providing a range of support for students currently in Year 7 and Year 8, with a view that this will widen up to and including Key stage 5 as the school grows. The postholder must be able to empathise with young people and be mindful of their needs and frailties. The postholder must be confident in confronting and challenging inappropriate behaviour.

    This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up.  Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties and the level of responsibility entailed.  Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot themselves justify a reconsideration of  the grading of the post. Hackney New School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Successful applicants for people working with children and young people will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring (DBS, previously known as a CRB) enhanced check prior to commencing this post.

    Closing date is Monday 3 November 2021

    Interviews will be held: week commencing 10 November and 17 November 2021

    Application form Download here here and email with reference number 024 and a covering letter to colettecorbin@hackneynewschool.org

  • Pastoral Manager - reference: 032

    Pastoral Manager

    Salary:  £24,000 + performance related bonus
    Location: Hackney, London
    Contract type: Full Time commencing as soon as possible
    Contract term: Permanent

    Hackney New School is an exciting new Academy secondary school, which now has Year 7 and Year 8.  Our core vision is to provide students with access to the widest range of opportunities in life by fostering academic excellence and instilling self-belief, intellectual curiosity and responsibility towards others in society. All at HNS share the belief that an outstanding education can be provided to children from a wide range of backgrounds, if they are being challenged in all aspects of their academic and personal development. 

    You will be committed to working with teachers and students and their families to ensure every student is supported and challenged to reach their potential in all areas of their education. Under the direction of the SENCo you will help the students with their organisational and study skills and be a key point of communication within the school. You will work closely with those students who are experiencing behavioural and learning difficulties.

    We are seeking to appoint another well qualified, energetic, creative and hardworking professional to join our team to lead by example. You may be an experienced teaching assistant ready to move into a more independent role or have supported children in other areas and wish to move into the field of education.

    Can you meet the challenge of working in a school with:

    • An extended school day

    • Mixed ability teaching throughout all subjects and classes

    • Innovative use of IT in all aspects of school life

    • A “Teaching  morning” and  “study afternoon” where students are given time to experience a range of extra-curricular activities, independent study and learn how to think for themselves

    • A high expectation of academic and social achievement for all its students

    • An emphasis on performance in music, sports and academic activities to develop confidence and determination

    • A unique course called the “Core” which emphasises the oral debate of the history of ideas

    • A growing student body year on year which will require forward planning and strategic thinking?

    Application form: Download here

    Job description: Download here

    Person specificationDownload here

    Completed application forms should be emailed to colettecorbin@hackneynewschool.org
    (Colette Corbin, PA to Headteacher) with reference number 032

    Closing Date: Monday 10 November 2021

    Interviews will be held: week commencing 17 November 2021

    As an equal opportunities employer we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.

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