Learning Support Assistant - Autism

Leeds East Academy

Grade: B3 £20,092 - £21,748 (Pro Rata £17,628 - £19,081 - Term Time only + 10 days)

Hours: 37 hours per week

Accountable to: SENCO / Assistant SENCO

Leeds East Academy is an over-subscribed 11-16 academy that has recently achieved the title of UK Parliament School of the Year. Our Academy is committed to delivering an outstanding education to each and every one of our students. We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society. Our vision at Leeds East Academy is clear to secure an Ofsted rating of World Class.

White Rose Academies Trust is a local trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.


To work under the guidance of the SENCo ensuring all students on the SEND register, particularly those with social pragmatic difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), have the best possible through support in lessons and providing high quality intervention programmes, in order to further strengthen the standards of achievement, outcomes and inclusion for our students. To contribute to the key objective of the Academy Development and Improvement Plan.

Responsible for:

The personal care and accelerated progress of some of our most vulnerable students, ensuring that they can access the curriculum we offer through regular support and achievement. A key focus will be implementing the support for pupils with ASC, working with the SEND team and other teachers to implement Pupil passports, track and monitor the wider development of students through the Autism Education Trust framework and develop resources for students who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and particular students with ASC.

NB: All post-holders at White Rose Academies Trust are responsible for improving the outcomes for learners and upholding the ethos of the Academies. Keeping children safe in education and the guidance for safer working practice direct the work of every adult working at or associated with White Rose Academies Trust

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be able to differentiate classwork and activities according to ability and plan, create and use appropriate resources for your students.

  • To assist with the development, management and use of resources, and aid departments with planning and schemes of learning.

  • To play a vital role regarding in-class support, be it aiding subject teachers with provisions in the planning process or as direct in-class support.

  • To establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations.

  • To support students consistently whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs including social, emotional, health, physical, hygiene, education and welfare.

  • To encourage students to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all students in activities.

  • To promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of the academy core values. To promote positive values, attitudes and good student behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour.

  • To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom, working with the SENCo and teachers to establish an appropriate, tailored learning environment, evaluating and adjusting seating plans and learning as appropriate. To be aware of and support differences and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

  • To plan Intervention and implement agreed learning activities and programmes, adjusting activities according to student response/needs.

Part of White Rose Academies Trust - Leeds East Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of World Class.

We are securing our vision for World Class by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation in West Yorkshire.

The Trust currently employs over 450 members of staff and is responsible for educating and developing almost 4,000 students between the ages of 3 to 16. The Trust consists of three secondary schools - Leeds City Academy, Leeds East

Academy and Leeds West Academy, and also welcomed its first primary school Alder Tree Primary Academy on 1st December 2020.

We believe the Trust is a highly desirable place of work for an ambitious professional, who will be joining one of the most supportive and talented teams in the country.

White Rose Academies Trust is a member of Luminate Education Group. Other members of the group include Harrogate College, Keighley College, Leeds City College and Leeds Conservatoire. The group provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our academies. They also share our vision of creating a truly world class Trust.

Closing Date: Friday 21st January

Shortlisting: Monday 24th January

Interview Date: Wednesday 26th January

Start Date: ASAP

To apply, please complete the application form and return to recruitment@whiteroseacademies.org by the closing date. Please note we are unable to accept CV’s.

White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and an enhanced DBS check.

Please note this role will involve contact with children and you will be engaging in regulated activity. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.


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