• Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Woking GU22
  • 23,958 £ / Year

Woking College Rydens Way,

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  • £23,958 a year

Job type

  • Part-time
  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Monday to Friday


Rydens Way, Woking GU22


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  • Canteen
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free flu jabs
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking

Full job description


The Role
Our Learning Support Assistants provide a vital role in supporting our students both in the classroom and on a one-to-one

basis. We are looking to expand our team to provide continuity for students’ support throughout the week (4 day part-time

working will be considered). Candidates must have good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, and have

empathy and interest in helping young people fulfil their potential.


Working hours for this term-time role will be 8.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, with an unpaid half hour for lunch. Please

note that candidates applying for part-time must be able to commit to full days.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate. We expect high performance from all our staff, and are looking for an impressive

individual to support our students. Candidates should demonstrate their ability and suitability to both the role and the culture

of the College. We look forward to welcoming an additional team member to join our friendly Learning Support department

in our successful and growing College.


Start Date: Tuesday 27 August 2024

Hours: 35 hours per week, term-time only (39 weeks per year), Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm

Salary: Actual pro rata salary: £19,466 pa for 35 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks per year).

Candidates applying for less than 5 days will be paid pro rata to this figure.

FTE £23,958 per annum. All figures are inclusive of fringe allowance


The Department

Woking College aims to ensure equality of opportunity and a wide and varied curriculum for each student in order that every

student can become an effective learner, who is able to achieve their maximum potential. We appreciate that every student

is unique. Consequently, there are differences in the ways in which they learn and the level of support that each individual


We aim to provide holistic, personalised and fully integrated support for all students according to their needs and

circumstances. In the first few weeks after enrolment, using diagnostic screening, as well as information provided from home,

Learning Support will create an agreed plan to address any particular needs. Many students come to the College for a fresh

start and so we apply a flexible approach to enable them to grow in both confidence and independence, thereby preparing

them for greater success and future progression opportunities.

A dedicated Learning Support area is available throughout the week, where one-to-one and small group lessons take place

and specialist staff in the fields of literacy, numeracy and study skills can provide assistance. Depending on learning needs

and preferences, some in-class support is also available, as well as specific workshops for building confidence, social skills and



Learning Support at Woking includes:

  • Weekly or one-off one-to-one support
  • Small group work
  • Help with study and revision skills
  • Help with time management and organisation
  • Proof-reading
  • Obtaining access arrangements
  • ‘Chill-out’ lunch group
  • EHCP monitoring and reviews (for students with EHCPs)
  • In class support (for students with EHCPs)
  • Mentoring (for students with EHCPs)


Why work with us?

Woking College has a strong sense of community in which everyone is valued; we look forward to welcoming new members

of staff to join our team.

We have an inclusive ethos, and are proud of our diverse students and staff community. The College is committed to

safeguarding, alongside our core values of inclusiveness, adhering to the highest personal, professional and academic

standards, supporting individual wellbeing, supportive management and positive relationship and a sustainable future for all.

We expect all staff, volunteers and others involved in the College community to share this commitment.

Following our grading as Outstanding at our recent Ofsted inspection in October 2022, Ofsted stated that:

Staff feel proud to work at the College. They are exceptionally positive about the culture leaders have created. They

describe leaders as visible, approachable and highly focussed on staff wellbeing. Leaders celebrate achievement

frequently in staff forums which helps staff to feel recognised, highly valued and a member of the Woking College


Staff survey results state that:

✓ 95% of staff are proud to work at Woking College.
✓ 99% agreed that leaders are considerate of staff wellbeing.


  • A positive approach to staff development; including regular cross-College sharing best practice sessions
  • Regular whole-College communication including weekly staff briefings
  • Regular departmental meetings to ensure support and share departmental best practice
  • Excellent student behaviour and productive working relationships with the Student Union
  • Excellent links with local schools, businesses and universities
  • Welcoming, friendly and approachable community, a harmonious working atmosphere

S7 Consortium:

  • Opportunities for staff training within the S7 consortium of Colleges & liaison with peers within the consortium: S7

Professional Development Video

Benefits include:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Staff room with free hot drinks available to all staff, Friday cakes
  • Onsite canteen with a range of healthy options to purchase, and a Costa coffee shop
  • Regular staff social events: bowling, staff quiz, summer BBQ, weekend walks/cycling, Christmas lunch, Christmas


  • College gym available for staff use, yoga classes, staff football (new 3G pitch), run club
  • Staff clubs/support groups: book club; menopause group; group for parents/carers of children with mental health

concerns; carers for elderly parents

  • Access to prayer/multi faith room
  • Free eye test vouchers
  • Flu jab
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension: eligible employees will be automatically enrolled in the Teacher’s Pension Scheme, or the Local

Government Pension Scheme (support staff), unless you decide to opt-out

  • Employee support: staff have access to a confidential employee support helpline
  • Location: Excellent train links from London Waterloo and the South Coast, walking distance of Woking station.

Close to A3, M25 & M3 junctions


Application & Selection
Application forms are available to download from our website: www.woking.ac.uk/about/staff-vacancies/ Please note that

CVs will not be accepted on their own.

Please ensure education and employment history is completed fully, gaps in employment must be accounted for under the

section entitled “Periods when not working”. We would like to see your passion for the role and the College in your supporting

statement, please use this opportunity to include personal skills, experience relevant to the post, and reasons why you feel

you would be successful if this post.

Completed applications, or any queries regarding the role or your application, should be sent via email to Kirsty Crook
(Personnel Officer): recruitment@woking.ac.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 3 June 2024

Interviews: to be held shortly after the closing date

Shortlisted candidates will be notified, invited for interview and references will be taken up immediately. Please note that it

is not possible to inform candidates who have not been short-listed due to time constraints.

The interview process will comprise of the following, but may be subject to change:

  • a guided tour of the College
  • Interview with the Principal and senior staff
  • Secondary interview with senior staff
  • Informal meet with department members
  • Role related task

The College encourages all candidates to be familiar with the following documents:

  • Section 1 of the DfE paper on “Keeping Children Safe in Education” September 2023
  • Woking College’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
  • In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the College asks candidates to consider the Privacy

Notice for Job Applicants


The documents listed above area available from the College’s Staff Vacancies page, please use this link to access them

Staff Vacancies



Job Description

Post Title: Learning Support Assistant (Full-time/Part-time, term-time only)

Responsible: Head of Department

Job Purpose: Assistance in the learning and teaching and general administrative duties within the


Job Responsibilities

1. Role of Learning Support Assistant and Independent Learner Mentor:

They can be expected to:

  • take notes
  • help individuals/small groups of students in class
  • help to keep the student on task and focussed, interpret questions and tasks and explain meanings of

words/specialist terms

  • read out information from resources
  • liaise with subject teachers to facilitate study skills
  • photocopy notes/materials
  • supervise a small group in another room/computer room
  • build up a rapport with students so they feel confident coming for help outside lessons
  • help students to improve grades in their assignments
  • help students with planning
  • guide students regarding how to file and organise their work
  • support students with their digital literacy and learning skills and research requirements for assignments and


  • help students complete necessary paperwork
  • help students who have been away to catch up
  • devise programmes of support to help students to become independent learners
  • mentor individuals/small groups in the Learning Resource Centre
  • help with IT/finding lost files/work

Guiding principles for a Learning Support Assistant:

  • The Learning Support Assistant must establish a good working relationship with the individual student – but

must not become over familiar

  • There should be an open working relationship between the teacher and the Learning Support Assistant
  • The Learning Support Assistant must be clear whether the work they are helping with is for assessment

purposes or for general research/class work purposes

  • The Learning Support Assistant is there to support the student in their learning, not do the learning for them

(even if it means the student might fail)

  • The Learning Support Assistant is not there to take a major role in disciplining groups of students but should

not accept bad behaviour/rudeness

  • The Learning Support Assistant should not be afraid to pass on issues or refer the student to other people when

they feel out of their depth e.g. class teacher, tutor, Head of Department, Head of Learning Support, Head of
Year, Counsellor, Assistant Principal.



2. Additional duties:

  • General administration for the curriculum including filing, minutes for meetings, organisation of exams.
  • Invigilation and scribing and reading for students during examinations.
  • Cover for Tutorial and Reception as required.
  • Specific help at various times of the year – e.g. art exhibitions, drama rehearsals, help with short courses.
  • Facilitating the effective use of ICT systems.

3. To take part in the first aider duty rota (training will be given if not already qualified to be a first aider at work).

Carrying a radio, and responding to first aid requests when on rota, and to respond to first aid requests at additional
times should the specific duty rota first aider not be available.

4. To act at all times in accordance with the College’s Equality & Diversity policies.

5. To act at all times in accordance with the College’s Safeguarding policy. Ensuring the safeguarding of students at the

College, recognising one’s own role in liaison with the designated safeguarding personnel.

6. To contribute to the safety policies of the College as directed by the Principal and to ensure that Health & Safety

Regulations are observed within the Curriculum Areas and within the College in general.

7. To take part in the training programmes provided by the College and agree to the process of professional reviews.

8. To undertake any other particular duties which may be reasonably assigned to you by the Principal from time to


Person Specification

Learning Support Assistant (Full-time/part-time, term-time only)


  • An interest and commitment to work with young people in a college environment. The ability to empathise with

young people and interest in helping them to fulfil their potential.

  • The ability and confidence to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to work accurately, showing attention to detail, particularly with regard to grammar, spelling and number.
  • Possession of good interpersonal skills e.g. tact, sensitivity, ability to listen, to be assertive at times.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and assist others when requested.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, especially Word and Excel, as well as Internet Explorer.


  • Educated to A level equivalent, or educated to GCSE standard or equivalent plus a minimum of two years working

in an educational environment.


  • Experience of supporting students with learning difficulties/disabilities/medical conditions. Experience of supporting

students to develop their literacy, numeracy or maths and science skills. First Aid at work qualification and

experience of being a first aider at work (training will be given if necessary)




To apply for this job please visit woking.ac.uk.

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