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Learning Support Assistant - Dickens Heath Community Primary School

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£24,702 - £27,334 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

Job Details

Learning Support Assistant - SEND support   

2 year fixed term contract until 31st August 2026. Term time only.

Contractual hours; Monday to Friday 8;30am – 3;30pm - 32.5 hours

Salary;  Band C - £24,702 - £27,334 pro rata

Dickens Heath Community Primary School is a two-form-entry primary school located in the village of Dickens Heath.   Our school is a, ‘welcoming, nurturing and joyous place to be. It is a community school in name and nature,’ (OFSTED, 2022).  Driven by our whole school vision of enabling every child to be the best version of themselves, we are a fully inclusive school where we prioritise both the personal and academic development of our pupils.  

The Governing Body are looking to appoint a motivated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable learning support assistant who has a passion for supporting individual children and their specific needs.  You will join our highly talented, supportive and friendly team at Dickens Heath School to provide some individual and small group support across the school day including learning and lunchtimes. 

Candidates need to hold a relevant NVQ Level 3 qualification or be working towards one. 

We are looking for someone who is;

•    An excellent practitioner with high expectations of all children

•    Proven track record of working successfully with children with special educational needs in a mainstream school. 

•    Innovative and creative practitioners who can flex and adapt to meet the individual needs of children 

•    Willing to invest in families

•    Able to work as part of a team

•    Friendly, approachable and emotionally intelligent with good interpersonal and communication skills

•    Organised and able to work independently. 

At Dickens Heath we can offer;

•    A caring, friendly school community, with children who are enthusiastic, happy, well behaved and polite

•    A rich educational offer that seeks to provide a vibrant curriculum; a commitment to individual growth and inclusion; access to a wealth of wider opportunities and experiences and drive for high standards of academic achievement

•    Excellent facilities and a first-rate teaching environment

•    A strong leadership team

•    Outstanding collaboration and professional development opportunities throughout school from professionals who are experts in their field and across our substantial and powerful collaborative 

•    A commitment to investing into the wellbeing and professional development of each member of staff

Candidates are welcome to visit our school in advance of submitting their application.  We ask that you contact the school office to arrange this if you wish to.

Closing Date; Tuesday 11th June 2024 at midday 

Shortlist; Wednesday 12th June 2024

Interviews;  Monday 17th June 2024  

Start date; September 2024.  

If you have not heard by 4;00pm Thursday 13th June 2024 please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.  Application packs can be obtained by contacting the School Office on;  0121 733 8359 or email

Dickens Heath Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS will be required for this position.

School Office on:  0121 733 8359 or email

Attached documents
LSA Job Description - child specific.pdf
Child specific advert - LSA.pdf
LSA Person Specification - SEND specific.pdf
Standard Job Application Form DBS [SCHOOLS] v4.1 December 2019 Updated.doc
Recruitment Monitoring Form v1.doc


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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Council House
Manor Square
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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