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Learning Support Assistant - Merstone School

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£22,737 - £23,500 Per Annum Pro Rata (Actual Salary £15,804 - £16,334)
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

Job Details

Learning Support Assistant to include Personal and Medical Care Support

Salary;   B Band - £22,737 - £23,500 (pro-rata) £15,804 - £16,334 (Actual Salary)

        (This is subject to qualifications and experience)

Post;  Learning Support Assistant to include Personal and Medical Care Support 

(Fixed Term Contract 01/09/2024 - 31/08/2026) Required September 2024

Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 3.30pm, 30 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

Governors are seeking to appoint a Learning Support Assistant with some ASD experience. The role will entail supporting pupils with education, care and medical care needs.  Full training will be given to support pupils with medical care needs, but some healthcare or medical care experience would be desirable.

Merstone School is;

•    for pupils with Severe; Complex Learning Disabilities, aged 2-19 years

•    an outstanding school (Ofsted 2011, 2014, 2017 ; 2023)

We are offering a school community;

•    where pupils enjoy learning and value their relationships with us

•    where staff are passionate about enabling all pupils to achieve beyond expectation

•    where together we make a creative, dynamic team, proud to overcome challenges and celebrate each individual’s achievements

•    a campus with two other schools, in a very well resourced building

•    where the mental health and well-being of the whole school community is valued and supported

Essential/ Desirable;

•    NNEB/ NVQ 2 /BTEC or other relevant childcare or healthcare qualification desirable

•    GCSE Maths ; English Pass or Reading ; Writing Skills and Numeracy Skills NVQ Level 2 essential

•    SEN ; ASD experience desirable

•    Recent experience of working with children in a learning environment desirable

•    Ability to work positively with parents, school nurses and other professionals to improve the support for the pupil essential

•    Medical care experience desirable

•    Basic knowledge of First Aid desirable

Would you like to be part of the team?  If so, download the information and application pack and return your completed application form to or contact school for more information.

Closing date;  Monday 24th June 2024 at 12.00 noon

Interviews;  Week commencing 1st July 2024

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Kim Archer-Clarke

Merstone School

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Attached documents
Standard Job Application Form DBS [SCHOOLS] v4.1 December 2019 Updated.doc
LSA JD (B) Jan 24.pdf
LSA PS (B) Jan 24.pdf
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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