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Learning Support Practitioner - Term Time - Special Needs Position

The Oaks Specialist College, Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-7071-30S
  • Posted:26/01/2023
  • Pay:£19,500 to £22,500 FTE salary (to be pro rata)
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:03/02/2023 at 23:00
  • Interviews:8th February 2023


Due to our continued expansion we are seeking to recruit an outstanding Learning Support Practitioner to meet the needs of young adults with learning difficulties or disabilities.

As a Learning Support Practitioner, you will work closely with the teaching staff to support our learners in all aspects of their learning, social development, personal needs and developing their skills for independence and employability.  In this role you will be able to make a big difference to our young people, all of whom have a wide range of severe and/or complex needs, with associated communication and learning difficulties.

You need to be able to engage and enthuse our young people and help prepare them for adulthood.  You don’t need experience of working in a special needs or education environment, although it would be advantageous, as would experience of college or work-based learning.  Excellent literacy and numeracy skills are essential, along with a “can do” approach, flexibility, resilience and strong communication and team working skills.

There are many career development opportunities for those interested in progression, including into teaching and job coaching. Other benefits of working at The Oaks Specialist College including private healthcare, Perkbox and free health screening.

The Oaks Specialist College is committed to safeguarding young people; a commitment we expect all staff to share and uphold. 

Information about the school

The Oaks is a specialist college established in 2018 and is a successful and highly regarded provision for 18 to 25 year olds with learning difficulties in Kent, East Sussex and outer London.

In our first two-day inspection by Ofsted in May 2021, we achieved the highest grade possible in all three themes of the inspection – almost unheard of for a new provider.

We work closely with a number of employers and other organisations to ensure that the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in college are applied in the “real world” so that every learner makes clear progress and develops into a young person who is respected and valued in their community and is confident and able to contribute fully. On leaving The Oaks our young people will gain employment, further training or meaningful volunteering roles and be able to live their life more independently – with less dependency on others as they continue to develop, mature and thrive.

Our mission is to put young people with learning disabilities at the heart of all that we do. We achieve our success by having a great team of staff who really care about the work that they do with our young people and who have a wide range of skills & expertise plus drive and total commitment to our vision.

Our vision is to give all of our young adults opportunities to discover ways of learning that engage them and enable them to gain new skills, knowledge and behaviours that develop them, and lead to them each being exceptionally well prepared for their next steps into adulthood and a positive, meaningful and productive long term future

Learning pathways include: • A programme of study and work-related learning and experience that will lead to further vocational training, internships/apprenticeships and employment. • A programme of study providing a further 1, 2 or 3 years for young adults to continue to develop their personal life and independent living skills so that they can contribute to society in a number of ways and live an independent or semi-independent life. • A vocational programme providing a further 1, 2 or 3 years for young adults to continue to develop their personal life and independent living skills so that they can contribute to society in a number of ways and live an independent life in a supported environment. • A Learning for life programme providing a further 1,2 or 3 years for young people to develop their communication skills, life skills, work skills and physical and emotional wellbeing. • A bespoke programme of study for learners that require a total communication approach and may use AAC. This is a multi-sensory curriculum to enable the learners to communicate their needs in a supported environment.

The Oaks Specialist College learners have diverse needs and come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Nikki Twiner
  • Address:The Oaks Specialist College, Cage Green Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 4PT
  • Telephone: 01732 207950
  • Email: hr@theoaks.ac.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.