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SEND Learning Support Assisant with Some 1:1 Responsibility - Full-time/Part-time - Special Needs Position

Little Acorns, Tenterden

  • Ref:KCC886-6085-26S
  • Posted:16/05/2024
  • Pay:MPS
  • Start Date:September 24
  • App Close Date:13/06/2024 at 16:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Little Acorns School is a school in rural Kent, surrounded by fields and nature, commited to supporting children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs. 

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic, nurturing Learning Support Assistant to join our ever growing team. We are ideally looking for a number of Learning Support Assistants with experience of working with pupils with additional needs, however, we would also welcome applications from other sectors. 

We are looking for someone who is good with behaviours, robust and can think on their feet when dealing with children who exhibit challenging behaviour.

Learning Support Assitants will be expected to support whole class lessons alongside the class teacher, but also run 1:1 interventions with individual children. Staff will also support children to Off-Site Provisions such as Equine Therapy, Forest School and Swimming. 

We are looking for  LSA's who are passionate about improving life chances for our young people- whom look at the development of the whole child and sees each child as an individual. We pride ourselves on working as a team for the benefit of our children and all staff are seen as equals- everyones opinions matter. 

The children at Little Acorns School are all working at a Primary School Level, and therefore all classes would be suitable for Primary Experienced candidates, including our KS3 classroom. We would also welcome candidates from KS3 settings. 

We have a full induction programme for all new staff memebrs joining our team, as well as supportive staff and Leadership Team. 


We welcome visits to the school prior to applying. 


Please note, interviews will start as amd when applicants apply as we will have a number of different start dates due to planned expansion of the school. 


Little Acorns School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.  We are required to conduct online searches about you as part of their shortlisting process in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.

Information about the school

Little Acorns School provides a therapeutic education for children with a range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, as well other associated difficulties and challenging behaviours. Each child receives an individual learning plan and separate therapeutic support plan inline with the outcomes of their EHCP's.

We currently have 20 pupils on roll currently- expanding to 34 by the new academic year. We have some residing at the care home on site whilst others travel in as day pupils.

Little Acorns welcomes children with a range of needs including ASD and ADHD. We also work closely with the care home supporting LAC who have had troubled upbringings and suffered trauma in their early years.

The core purpose of Little Acorns School is to equip every pupil with the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthy and productive lives. We believe all children have the right to an education. We look beyond the complex, and sometimes challenging circumstances of each pupil to find the potential within.

The majority of our pupils have experienced turbulence in their schooling and many have severe, complex, or profound needs that have a significant impact on their cognitive development, their social, emotional development and their communication skills. We aim to support pupils in a safe school environment, and work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure the best outcomes, to maximise life chances and ensure they can be as independent as possible.

Our curriculum is ambitious for all our pupils. Our school aims to ensure pupils journeys through school are positive ones.

We offer therapeutic input alongside our academics, to help our students remove barriers to learning and become successful in and out of school.

For further information on our school please free feel to visit our website www.littleacornsschool.co.uk

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Alison Neal
  • Address:Little Acorns School , London Beach Farm , Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6SR
  • Telephone: 01233 850422
  • Email: alison.neal@choicelifestyles.net


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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 Education.