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Learning Support Assistant (LSA) for a New Specialist Post 16 College Opening in 2024

Exciting Opportunity: Learning Support Assistant (LSA) for a New Specialist Post 16 College Opening in 2024.

Little Gate College is a further education post 16 provider for students with an EHCP that are aspiring to move into paid employment. Our brand new provision is set to open in September 2024, and we are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated LSA to join our team. As a key member of our staff, you will play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of high-quality, person-centred study programmes for our students in the Future Ready Programme and Supported Internship Programme.

Some of your responsibilities as a LSA at Little Gate College will include:

  • Support with the delivery of engaging learning activities meeting Ofsted standards of outstanding or good teaching, learning and assessments.
  • Support in managing resources to enhance the student experience.
  • Commit and contribute to improving standards and to maintaining a caring and stimulating environment for students.
  • Work as part of the college team supporting students in achieving their employment outcomes, helping them to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue meaningful career pathways and succeed in the workforce.
  • Commit to developing a positive team culture of praise and feedback and participate in meetings and training events that support and develop the work of the college and team.
  • Maintain clear and accurate records to ensure quality compliance is adhered to with regard to all regulatory, contractual, internal policies and procedures including UK GDPR regulations.
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of students and act on any safeguarding issues in accordance with Little Gate College procedures including British Values.
  • Undertake mandatory training and take part in training to boost continuous professional development and Little Gate’s specialist offer.
  • Please note this list is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. The post holder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role.


Person Specification;

Essential Criteria;

  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience working as a Learning Support Assistant.
  • Experience of supporting students with SEND.
  • Experience of supporting functional skills in English & Maths.
  • English and Mathematics level 4/C or above
  • Self-organisation and self-motivation.
  • Able to use personal initiative within a structured framework.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Use IT systems including Office 365 independently, efficiently, and effectively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with other staff, trainees/customers, employers, and other professionals.
  • Ability to show empathy and understanding towards with other staff, trainees/customers, employers, and other professionals.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the job.
  • Evidence clear, concise and accurate record keeping for monitoring, quality, and audit in accordance with Little Gate policies.
  • Share our values.
  • Be a car driver with access to a car for work purposes or have the ability to travel to various work locations across Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne and Rother independently via public transport or other means.
  • Be subject to an enhanced disclosure by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Be able to organise your time and work flexibly.
  • Be able to work to deadlines.
  • Willingness to undertake all relevant training.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Understanding/awareness of Equal Opportunities
  • Respect and adhere to Little Gate policies and procedures.


Desirable Criteria;

  • Evidence of other LSA related qualifications and/or training courses.
  • Knowledge/ experience of Makaton, PECS other communication skills training
  • Knowledge/ experience/ qualification of CIAG
  • Knowledge/experience of risk assessments.
    • Training in Systematic Instruction.
    • Experience of working in Further Education.
    • Supported Employment training.
    • Knowledge of Health and Safety within the workplace
    • Willingness to attend off site events such as careers fairs, meetings & training.
    • Basic knowledge of welfare benefits
  • Understanding of a wide variety of work settings and job roles.
  • Appointed 1st aider qualification or willingness to train for this.


Bexhill, Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne (some requirement to travel)


£24,876.80 – full time equivalent (40 hours) pro rata

Working hours 19.5 hours per week, Tuesday to Thursday; start time 8.30am, plus a 30min lunch break. TERM TIME ONLY 36 weeks plus an additional compulsory 10 days of CPD training usually delivered at the end of August 2024 dates TBC.

Job Type: Permanent

Probationary period: 6 months

We propose to invite shortlisted applicants to interview on one of the following dates; 14th May & 16th May Times TBC.

Proposed Start Date: 19th August 2024


Please review the full job description here

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people and want to be a part of a dynamic new team please Complete the application form

For any questions please contact


Application closing Date: 11.59pm on 7th May 2024

We look forward to welcoming a talented and committed LSA to our team at Little Gate College.


Our Commitment


Little Gate is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer.  Please see our application form for more information regarding guaranteed interviews for candidates choosing to share that they have a disability.


Our application and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.


We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

Little Gate implements safeguarding protocols in all aspects of their working practices and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced and barred DBS check, and this may include social media checks. For further details please contact Sally Moseley via email at

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exemptions) Order 1975 applies to this post. Disclosure and Barring Clearance is required prior to employment to this post.


Please note, due to a high volume of applications, we are not always able to feedback if you have been deemed unsuccessful upon review. We apologise in advance should you not be contacted.