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Little Gate College – Individual Needs Assistant

Job description
Exciting Opportunity: Individual Needs Assistant (INA) 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 INA to join our team.
Job title:
Individual Needs Assistant
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exemptions) Order 1975 applies to this post. Disclosure and Barring Clearance is required prior to employment to this post.
Main purpose of job:
Little Gate College opens to students in September 2024 and will be offering two study programmes. Future Ready: Learning for life and employment. This programme is for those learners who have a desire to be in paid employment but may not have had the opportunity to develop the skills required for the working world yet. Supported Internships is a programme for those learners who have a desire to be in paid employment and may have experienced voluntary work or work experience. The Individual Needs Assistant will support one student to access both their education and days out in the community and on placement.
As an INA you will provide subtle support that enables the student to learn systems and processes within the classroom and their workplace. You will build confidence and support the student to learn the skills they need to fully access their study programme.
Students at Little Gate College will complete up to 3 placements across the academic year. These placements may be in different roles or with different employers. As an Individual Needs Assistant, you will support the student both within education days and their work placement days and in the community – this may include supporting within lessons, travel training, learning new tasks in work placements and supporting and developing key skills within social interactions.
All support staff are part of a whole College team. They are required to uphold the values and ethos of Little Gate College and College priorities.
To assist in promoting the learning and personal development of the pupil to whom you are assigned, to enable them to make best use of the educational opportunities available to them.
Position reports to:
Head of College
Staff who will report to this job title:
Bexhill, Hastings, Rother, Wealden and Eastbourne district (some requirement to travel)
£12.50 per hour (term time only)
24 hours per week over 4 days, Tuesday – Friday, 8.45-15.15 (30 minutes lunch break), 39 weeks per year term time only, plus compulsory 10 days of CPD training usually delivered at the end of August 2024, dates TBC. Annual leave to be taken outside of college term time during academic holidays.
Probationary period:
6 months
Contract type:
1 year fixed term contract (Employment with Little Gate College will expire at the end of the fixed term appointment. Alternatively, LG may offer permanent employment in this role, offer to extend this fixed term contract or offer a new fixed-term or permanent contract in a different job role).
Interview dates to be confirmed but likely: 15th / 17th July 2024
Start date: 19th August 2024
Safeguarding requirements:
All employees and volunteers and volunteers, regardless of their posts, share in the responsibility for protecting our work trainees, young rangers and students, keeping them safe from harm whilst they are attending Little Gate and for reporting concerns about any person’s welfare and safety.
The post holder will be engaging in regulated activity with young people and/or adults at risk.
DBS requirements;
Enhanced with Barred list check
Main tasks of job:
· Supporting a student in a classroom, community days and workplace settings to access the curriculum.
· Provide support to a student in their work and classroom setting.
· Use language and other communication skills that the student can understand.
· Assist in delivering high-quality teaching/learning programmes by embedding tailored support for individual learning outcomes, addressing identified needs, and aligning with Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) goals.
· Using Training in Systematic Instruction to support student in their placements and classroom as required.
· Deliver travel training to the student as required.
· Liaise with Little Gate Head of College and Programme Manager in the case of pastoral care.
· Establish productive relationships with the student and their circle of support and empathise with their needs.
· Ensure compliance with processes and procedures.
· Attend team meetings as required.
· Effectively implement agreed behaviour management strategies.
· Monitor the student’s response to the learning activities and, where appropriate, modify or adapt the activities as agreed with the teacher to achieve the intended learning outcomes
· Maintain accurate records of the student’s work placements in line with regular review of progress.
· Carry out and report on systematic observations of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills and contribute to and maintain action plan for students including SMART goals.
· Give constructive feedback to the student to reinforce self-esteem
The above is not an exhaustive list of duties, and different tasks may be required as necessitated by the changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation.
Essential Criteria;
· Experience of supporting special education needs students in a secondary or FE classroom environment.
· Experience of using a wide range of learning resources to support the best learning outcomes.
· Knowledge of strategies to recognise efforts and achievements towards self-reliance.
· Ability to show empathy and understanding towards other staff, students, employers and professionals.
· Work effectively to manage own time and priorities and work supportively as a member of the College team.
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.
· Knowledge of safeguarding.
· Be subject to an enhanced disclosure by the Disclosure and Barring Service
· A minimum of Grade 4 / GCSE C in Maths and English.
· 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, students/customers, employers, and other professionals.
· Ability to meet the physical requirements of the job.
· Maintain accurate records as required for monitoring, quality, and audit in accordance with Little Gate policies.
· Ability to work under pressure.
· Ability to work flexibly.
· Commitment to own personal development including attending training activities offered by the school to further knowledge.
Respect and adhere to Little Gate policies and procedures
Desirable Criteria;
· Knowledge of risk assessment processes.
· Training in Systematic Instruction.
· Other Job Coaching and Supported Employment training.
· Knowledge of Health and Safety within the workplace
· Basic knowledge of welfare benefits
· Knowledge of the SEN Code of Practice
· Understanding/awareness of Equal Opportunities
· Knowledge of Makaton
A minimum of Grade 4 / GCSE C in Maths and English.
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 email to register your interest and request an application form.
Application closing Date: 11.59pm on 21st July 2024
We look forward to welcoming a talented and committed INA 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.
Job Types: Part-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 12 months
Pay: £12.50 per hour
Expected hours: 24 per week
  • Company pension
  • On-site parking
Work Location: In person
Application deadline: 08/07/2024
Reference ID: INA24June24
Expected start date: 19/08/2024