Learning Support Assistant

Coventry Southfields Old School, South Street, Cov
£19264 - £20444
27 Jul 2022
07 Aug 2022
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

The Adult Education Service is part of Coventry City Council.  We provide a wide range of courses for Coventry residents age 19+ and much of our provision is targeted at people with the highest levels of need. 

We offer long courses in English, maths, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), ICT/Digital and vocational subjects such as Early Years, along with provision for adults with learning disabilities.  

We also offer a very wide range of short community courses in arts, crafts, music, dance, exercise, fitness and family learning.  In addition, we run a highly supportive study programme for young people.

Our work-based learning offer includes Apprenticeships in the following subject areas: 

  • Nursery Workers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Leadership/Management; and 
  • Customer Care. 

We also provide courses for adults who are seeking work via the Council’s Job Shop. 

Our main base is at Southfields Old School, CV1 5EJ, with provision delivered at around 25 other sites within Coventry, mostly in areas of highest need.

We welcome applications from anyone who wants to make a difference to the lives of people in Coventry.  

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

Adult Education deliver a study programme at Southfields Old School for young people aged 16+. The programme is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of individual young people, teaching is offered on a one to one or small group basis, dependent upon the needs of the young person.  The programme offers an intervention for young people who are not in education, employment or training.  Many of the young people who attend need additional support due to learning/behavioural difficulties or mental ill health. The aim of the study programme is to provide support to enable young people to re-engage with education and progress onto further study, an apprenticeship or work.

This is a fixed-term post up to 31st August 2023

This role will support our Ambition2 programme which is part funded through the Youth Employment Initiative and European Social Fund and comprises a consortium of partners which includes Adult Education Services, who provide tailored support to improve the life skills and employability of participants by addressing individually identified barriers. 

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an enthusiastic Learning Support Assistant to join our Study Programme team.

In consultation with the Study Programme Manager and subject tutors, you will support the tutors with the delivery of learning material to individuals or small groups of young people with a range of special educational needs.

You will provide assistance to learners with additional learning needs enabling them to participate as fully as possible in the Study Programme. You will also assist tutors in the preparation of lesson materials. 

You will be responsible for maintaining learner records and individual learning plans, as directed by the Study Programme Manager. You will support young people who experience severe anxiety in returning to education, meeting them at reception and walking with them to the classroom.

You will support learners with severe anxiety at break and lunch times, as appropriate, until they gain confidence and settle.  You will work as part of a dynamic team to ensure that learners are supported in addressing their educational and pastoral issues, liaising with other colleagues and agencies as appropriate.


  • Relevant experience of working as a Learning Support Assistant/teaching assistant or in a role supporting young people.
  • A GCSE maths and English qualification at Grade C/4 or equivalent.

You will need:
• Knowledge of English, Maths and ICT (GCSE and Functional Skills English and Maths and Functional Skills ICT taught on the Study programme)
• Experience of working with young people with a range of learning needs in a variety of learning contexts
• An understanding of young people’s learning needs, especially those experiencing interrupted education

You will be:
• You will be Flexible and responsive to changing demands and able to effectively communicate with a range of audiences; young people, parents, colleagues and other agencies.
• Able to work effectively as part of a team as well as using your initiative when working independently
• Accustomed to implementing intervention strategies to help young people to overcome barriers in the classroom

PLEASE NOTE: It is VITAL that you fully complete the application with your previous experience, qualifications and grades.  We will be unable to consider anyone for interview who has not fully completed the application form with all the information requested in the application process. This includes where information on qualifications and grades you have achieved for maths and English have not been included on your application. 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 11th & 12th August 2022


Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and it was the UK City of Culture 2021. We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons as you can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Opportunity for Salary Match and Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 
  • Lifestyle savings
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes; Car Scheme, Cycle to work and more
  • Interest free travel loans
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Workplace parking scheme
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption Leave
  • And much more

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