Therapeutic Learning Support Assistant – Springboard (SEND)

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SALARY FTE: £20,000-£23,000

0.89 fractional salary for term time only: £17,800-£20,470

JOB TYPE: Permanent/ Term time

37 hours per week and 40 working weeks + holiday

LOCATION: Watford and occasional visits to other group sites


We are currently recruiting for a Specialist Learning Support Assistant to join the delivery team at  Watford.

You will provide support for students on programme by implementing an effective range of learning strategies to ensure outstanding learning outcomes for all students and enable each to realise their full potential. You will have a strong track record of being involved with practitioners delivering good or better teaching and learning delivery, whilst achieving high levels of student success. You will also have experience of supporting students with additional needs ideally including high functioning autism and/or social, emotional and mental health needs.


  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Participation in the Group’s performance related pay scheme.
  • For a full outline of benefits, click here


  • A positive attitude to supporting young people with significant barriers to learning who have the academic ability to progress to mainstream college.
  • Experience of supporting students with additional needs ideally including high functioning autism and/or social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding, equality and diversity, health and safety and child protection legislation as it impacts on learning although training will be given.
  • Well-developed organisational, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and the ability to adopt and use IT systems effectively
  • Level 2 qualification in maths and English or equivalent
  • The post is based in Letchworth/Watford and as there will be some travel to the college’s sites in Stevenage and Hitchin it would be desirable if the post holder had use of a car.


  • Support the tutor to deliver consistently good or better teaching sessions, across the range of curriculum offered, including maths and English.
  • Implement a range of strategies to meet the diverse additional learning needs within the student cohort.
  • Act as a key worker to a number of students to support the embedding and review of all course related, personal and EHCP targets. Working with each to raise their ambition and realise their full potential.
  • Provide pastoral support for students, supporting them to progress to their aspirational destination.
  • Support with transition through liaison with colleges and support at interview.
  • Support with the sourcing, monitoring and review of work experience opportunities for students.
  • Comply with all aspects of the SEND reforms including the monitoring of Education, Health & Care Plan targets.



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    The Hart Learning Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, as our posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. It is also an offence to apply for a role if you have been barred from working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have been shortlisted for a role and are within the guidelines of KCSIE, an online search will be carried out to identify any incidents or issues that have happened and are publicly available online. If any incidents or issues are identified, the Group might want to explore these with you at the interview. As part of the recruitment process, you will need to provide proof of your right to work in the UK.

    Details of our Safeguarding policy can be found in this link – Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

    To view our fair recruitment forms, please click here for equality and diversity declaration.

    Please note these vacancies may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.

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    “I genuinely enjoy coming to work, the students are the people that motivate me – they are so full of energy and enthusiasm.

    Hart Learning Group’s links to the community are essential for this job to work well – integrating local businesses and organisations ensure we offer the best service to our students.”

    Victoria Lang - Business, Travel & Events Lecturer