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Learning Support Assistant

Blue Coat Church of England School & Music College
Coventry, West Midlands
Grade 4 Support staff pay scale £23,893 - £27,334
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

erms and Conditions: Permanent, 37 hours per week, term time only (+ 1 weeks)

Actual Salary: £21,169 - £24,218 pro rata per annum  

Full time equivalent salary: £23,893- £27,334 (Grade 4)

Required: As soon as possible

Location: Coventry


About the role

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Learning Support Assistant to assist in the support and inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities or other barriers to learning, under the leadership of the Senior Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion), SENDCo and Assistant SENDCo.

The role will support the SENDCo / Assistant SENDCo through providing support to learners with special educational needs and disabilities including: mentoring, identifying barriers to learning, intervention plans, creating resources and liaising with parents, key staff and teachers.


We are looking for someone who:

·        Knowledge of inclusion / SEND including Cognition and Learning (e.g. MLD), Communication and Interaction (e.g. ASD), Physical and Sensory (e.g. visual impairment) or Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (e.g. anxiety)

·        A good understanding of the needs and characteristics of students across the age range 11-19

·        Recent experience of working with young people either in a school setting, as a parent, or involvement in voluntary work such as a youth group, cubs, brownie or similar organisation

·        Experience of using a range of computer packages including Microsoft Office

·        Ability to work in a challenging environment and work under pressure and handle situations with patience and sensitivity

·        Excellent communication skills


About us

Blue Coat Church of England School & Music College is a successful and oversubscribed large secondary school in the heart of the city of Coventry with a vision ‘Living life in all its fullness’. As a Church of England school, our intake draws from both the local area and across the city and surrounding areas. We are a member of Inspire Education Trust, a Coventry based multi-academy trust which sets out to provide an environment where both staff and students can thrive, and putting children at the heart of everything we do.

We were inspected by Ofsted in May 2023, and were judged a Good School, with Outstanding for Personal Development, The Sixth Form and Leadership and Management. Ofsted shared in their report

·        Leaders and teachers share a moral purpose.

·        There is a cohesive and vibrant school community.

·        Leaders have built an inclusive community. Staff are very proud to work at the school.

·        Staff feel very well supported by leaders and greatly value the training they receive to continually improve their work.

Why work for us?

A career at Inspire Education Trust offers a rewarding future, with the opportunity to make a real impact on the lives and outcomes of our young people. We work hard to provide an environment which places staff wellbeing at the forefront of the agenda, as well as providing ample opportunities for personal and professional development.

As such, we offer a portfolio of benefits designed to enhance and support the working lives of our staff. These include, but are not limited to:

•      A highly supportive and committed senior leadership team

•      Employee Assistance Programme which offers 24/7 confidential advice and support on a range of matters and free access to accredited counsellors

•      A focus on staff wellbeing including a network of wellbeing champions and a supportive working environment

•      Opportunity to join a committed and forward-thinking team of staff

•      Employee Benefits platform providing staff access to a range of benefits such as shopping discounts

How to apply

All applications must be received electronically via our TES page:

If you experience any problems with the online application process please contact TES directly:

If you have any queries about the post, please email

Closing date: Friday 9am 24th November 2023

Interview dates: To be confirmed



Information for candidates

Being committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, we follow safer recruitment practices and appointments will be subject to safeguarding checks including enhanced DBS and references. The postholder must share our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

We aim to recruit the very best staff and welcome those from all backgrounds, communities and faiths (including non-faith individuals). We particularly welcome applications from those, which are underrepresented, in our workforce. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and male candidates

The role of Learning Support Assistant admissions will be classed as regulated activity. Any offer of employment will be conditional until satisfactory completion of all mandatory pre-employment checks.

It is an offence to apply for this role if barred from engaging in regulating activity relevant to children

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