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We seek a highly competent and compassionate Learning Assistant to work 1:1 with a learner in our Performing Arts department.

Key facts

  • Part-time, term-time only post
    19 hours per week.
  • Salary
    £10,993 to £11,968, depending upon qualifications and experience.
  • Closing date
    Sunday, 3rd December 2023.

Do you have a passion for supporting learners to achieve their potential? Are you a kind and caring individual who can build positive relationships with young people? Do you have the knowledge and skills to work 1 to 1 with young people? Are you looking for a rewarding and varied role that will make an impact on young people’s lives?

We seek a highly competent and compassionate Learning Assistant to work 1:1 with a learner in the Performing Arts department. This role will be perfect for someone who has an excellent knowledge of autism and is a kind and caring individual with a passion for supporting a learner in one-to-one and group situations. The successful candidate will be based on our Arts & Media Campus, so it is perfect for an individual with an interest in the arts.

Summary of responsibilities

  • To provide high-quality learning support within the Performing Arts department, working 1:1 with a student and supporting others in the group.
  • To have an excellent knowledge of ASC and understand how to support learners individually and in small groups.
  • To provide 1:1 support for GCSE Maths and English.
  • Work cooperatively with the Learning Services Team and curriculum areas to continuously develop and improve support for learners.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

See the Job Description for full details.

Why choose us?

Set within the Lake District's breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site, Kendal College is an FE college that consistently punches above its weight on the national stage. Under the leadership of our new Principal, the college is embarking on a series of bold steps to grow the college and remain a top-notch education provider for Cumbria and the North West region. Our students focus on their learning, achieve high levels of attainment and consistently give us high satisfaction ratings. The college recognises the wellbeing of its staff as a priority, as well as ensuring that excellent work is appropriately identified and that a healthy work-life balance is maintained.

What we offer

  • A generous holiday entitlement
  • Seven efficiency days per year (pro rata) in addition to your hard-earned holiday allocation
  • Sick pay and pension scheme
  • Support to help you transition into college life
  • Excellent CPD opportunities so you can gain a formal teaching qualification whilst working with us and continue to grow and develop
  • A college that promotes and supports flexible working
  • Fantastic facilities and resources to support our students
  • On-site canteens with locally sourced ingredients
  • A cycle-to-work and electric car scheme
  • A comprehensive staff awards, rewards and wellbeing scheme, including:
    • Employee assistance program with Health Assured
    • Discounted gym membership
    • Local discounts
    • Extensive retail discounts

What we're looking for


Essential Desirable
Educated to level 3 (A-Level or equivalent) HLTA level 4 or equivalent
GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or above or equivalent
IT qualification or proven competence


Essential Desirable
Experience working with learners at KS4 or in Further Education Experience of delivering GCSE English & Maths
Experience working with individuals with additional needs in an educational or care setting

Knowledge & Skills

Essential Desirable
A thorough knowledge of ASC and how best to support students with ASC Knowledge of access technology
An understanding of the implications for learning of other common additional support needs, including Dyslexia and ADHD Knowledge of the implementation of Education, Health & Care plans
Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with learners that promote learning An interest, or experience of working within Performing Arts
Ability to communicate effectively with learners
Knowledge of functional skills
Awareness of ways to structure and present information and ideas clearly and effectively to support learning
Ability to provide support that builds on the learner’s experience, learning preferences and levels of independence and encourages learners to work independently where possible
Ability to document learner progress effectively

Applications without the essential requirements will not usually be considered for appointment.

Right to work

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. Documented evidence of eligibility and a photo ID will be required from candidates at the interview as part of our standard recruitment process.

Safeguarding statement

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners and expect all staff to share this commitment. Employment at the college is subject to an enhanced DBS check via the Disclosure & Barring Service, and any post in regulated activity will also be subject to an additional barred list check.