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If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and vulnerable adults, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Learning Support Assistant to join our team at Options Higford in Shropshire.

About the Service:

Options Higford is a DfE registered school and OFSTED rated children’s home offering a purpose-built service specially designed to meet the educational and development needs of the children in our care. Set in 28 acres of rolling Shropshire countryside, we provide a caring, structured and homely environment for our children. We are within commuting distance of Shifnal, Telford, Dudley, Stourbridge, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Cannock, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Stone, Stoke and surrounding towns.

About the Group:

Options Autism is part of the Outcomes First Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our schools and homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.

About the role:

As a Learning Support Assistant, your role will involve providing education to children and young people with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and associated difficulties, the role of Learning Support Assistant focuses on developing independent life skills through individually designed programmes.

This role is offered on a permanent, full time basis, working 40 hours per week, term time only.

Following a thorough induction and training programme, your duties would include:

  • Supporting the class teacher/tutor in order to ensure the delivery of a high quality education for all students
  • Providing relevant support and appropriate support to students, on an individual or group basis, in order to enable them to access the curriculum as independently as possible.
  • Working collaboratively with the class teacher to adequately plan to ensure the safety of students, in line with risk assessments, while both on and off site.
  • Working with and manage challenging behaviour
  • Experience of working with autistic spectrum disorders and/or challenging behaviour’s.
  • Experience of work within an education/residential setting.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or independently.
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication 

Why work for us:

  • “Your Wellbeing Matters"- access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services
  • Employee Rewards Hub – access to discounts, offers and cashback with 100s of retailers
  • Pension
  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same

Please apply online now or call 01952 630600 for further information.

Please note, we reserve the right to close the vacancy early should we receive a significant number of suitable applications.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.