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Classroom Assistant (Learning Support)

Posted on:  24-Jun-2022
Job Req ID:  1363
Division:  School (SCH)
Department:  Primary CA (40000907)

JOB TITLE: CLASSROOM ASSISTANT (LEARNING SUPPORT)

Links to: Learning Support Integrators, Phase Leaders and Deputy Head of Primary School

 

WHO ARE WE?

Nexus is an empowering, learning-focused community.  We are one big family, striving to create an honest and open community with our learners, parents and peers.  We believe that we have something unique and special here, we are proud to be different in the way we work; and how we teach and learn.

 

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

At Nexus, we do things differently.  Each member of staff is valued and recognised as a unique individual collaborating as part of a supportive community, to elevate one another with innovative ideas.  Our strategies emerge from the collective positive mindsets of our colleagues.  You will experience high levels of ownership and empowerment in your role.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Under the guidance of the Learning Support Integrators and Phase Leaders, the Learning Support Classroom Assistant will facilitate the learning and development of individuals or groups of learners. The job holder will oversee targeted intervention programmes put in place by the Learning Support team. They are responsible for maintaining an engaging and purposeful learning environment and carrying out appropriate administrative tasks.

 

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the personal and social development of learners

  • Overseeing intervention programmes put in place by the Learning Support team. This involves:

    • Setting up individual programmes and designing appropriate schedules

    • Develop and manage resources for Learning Support initiatives

    • Carrying out push-in and pull-out interventions with individuals or groups of learners

    • Assessment and monitoring of progress of learners on the Learning Support roll, including liaising with teachers to gather basic data

    • Training and supporting colleagues

  • Help learners to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on their own, in particular by:

    • Clarifying and explaining instructions and provide written and verbal feedback

    • Ensuring the learners are able to use the equipment and materials provided

    • Assisting in motivating and encouraging the learners as required

    • Contributing to areas requiring reinforcement or development, such as language development and positive engagement

    • Promoting independent learning

  • Provide continuity of adult care of learners, for example, supervising daily playtimes

  • Assist with basic record-keeping, including collecting evidence of learning on individual learners, such as taking photographs, making observations, carrying out targeted assessments

  • Attend staff meetings, participate in performance management arrangements and undertake training and development activities

  • Be willing to attend and become involved in any professional development opportunities, and adopt an attitude of professional reflection and continuous improvement

  • Involvement in whole school events and activities as required

  • To perform any other duties as assigned by the management, stakeholders and reporting manager/link

 

 

 

A TYPICAL DAY

No two days are the same in this exciting diverse role. I meet up with the learning support team just before 8am and spend time with the learning support integrators to talk about the plans for the day.

 

​​​​​​​Our learners are welcomed to the Learning Hub from 8.15am. While the teachers are welcoming the learners, I will focus on supporting targeted learners with specific needs to prepare for the day ahead. Next up, is Language Arts time for one of the year groups. The learners are rotating through reading activities and today I am leading a targeted reading programme with a small group of children. After the session, I will make some brief notes on their progress to share with the teachers/learning support integrators and prepare materials for tomorrow’s session. I will then take a quick break before I go with the learners for their snack time in the cafeteria. I am on duty today, so I will be supervising the children in the cafeteria and once they have finished I will supervise them on the play equipment. Next up, the other year group in the phase is focusing on Mathematics and this time I am working 1:1 with learners, one after another, using the CatchUp Numeracy intervention programme. After taking the children to the cafeteria for lunch, I have lunch with colleagues from across the school in the staff lounge. 

 

In the afternoon, I will meet with one of the Learning Support Integrators to review the progress of the children in one of my target groups. We will look at the notes I have taken and the assessment data I have collated. After this, I will spend the afternoon to support specific learners across the phase on aspects of their collaborative action plans. 

 

At the end of the day I help specific children to organise themselves ready to go home or to their after-school activities. I took a few photographs of the learners in Maths today, so I will post them onto our online learning platform for the parents to see. Tomorrow after school I help lead a small cookery club. We will be making fruit smoothies.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Minimum high school (12 years of schooling) qualification

  • A relevant higher level qualification is desirable

  • At least two (2) years of relevant working experience

  • Knowledge of and experience of working with learners with additional needs such as ADHD, ASD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc. 

  • Knowledge of and experience delivering one to one and small group intervention programmes for phonics, reading and numeracy

  • A demonstrated and genuine passion for education and a desire to facilitate children’s learning

  • Possess strong IT skills and knowledge, for example Apple devices and Google applications

  • Communicate effectively in Standard English both orally and in writing

  • Establish and maintain positive learning-focused relationships with colleagues, learners and parents

  • To manage the physical demands of the role (eg: able to lift/carry a child weighing up to 25kg; routinely sitting on child sized chairs, kneeling, bending and crouching)

  • High standards and expectations for themselves and the learners

  • Understanding and knowledge of principles and practice of inclusion and restorative justice

  • Resilient and flexible - no two days are the same!

Nexus International School (Singapore) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our children and families. Nexus endorses the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Singapore ratified on 11 December 2008, and establishes a clear policy and guidelines to protect our learners from maltreatment by any person or persons who come in contact with them in any environment.

 

Nexus International School (Singapore) is an equal opportunity employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and value the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our school.

 

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities, the role may be revised from time to time.

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