The Role of Learning Support Assistants at Applemore College

We have eleven Learning Support Assistants working with our SEND students. LSAs have high expectations of all students, and use their subject knowledge to enable all students to achieve the learning objective in lessons.  Teaching staff plan lessons to make effective use of LSAs, therefore their impact is significant in contributing to the learning and achievement in our classrooms.

Each LSA is allocated a number of students for whom they act as Key Adult Support. KAS are members of staff individually assigned to our most vulnerable students in order to track and support their progress and well-being on a week-to-week basis.

A KAS will work over a long-term period - often throughout the whole of a student’s school life - building up a close working relationship with the student, assisting them with difficulties as and when they arise, advocating for their needs within the wider school setting and acting as a positive link between the student, colleagues, outside agencies and families.

Responsibilities of the Support for Learning Department

Looking after the learning progress of students with a Special Educational Need by:

  • Ensuring that all students with special educational needs/disabilities are provided with the opportunity to achieve academic, social and economic success.
  • Advising teaching staff about the individual needs of students with special educational needs/disabilities.
  • Assessing students to ensure that the most appropriate access arrangements are put in place during formal assessment periods/ exams.
  • Providing additional out of lesson activities to progress individual students and groups of students.
  • Co-ordination of Learning Support Assistants in class support to ensure that all students with SEND achieve appropriate academic progress in line with target grades.

Looking after the learning progress of students who are experiencing difficulties in maintaining progress by:

  • Advising teaching staff about the individual needs of students
  • Assessing students to ensure that the most appropriate access arrangements are put in place during formal assessment periods/ exams.
  • Providing additional out of lesson activities to progress individual students and groups of students.

Looking after the learning progress of students with temporary /long term behaviours which prevent them from accessing full time mainstream education by :

  • Providing access to Flexible Learning whereby students are provided with learning/ social and emotional support to access mainstream curriculum.
  • Providing individual learning programmes for students in order that they will achieve academic success as well as social/emotional support to address overcoming learning barriers.
  • Provision and co-ordination of educational training opportunities available for KS4 students on an individual basis.
  • Providing placement at the Forest Education Centre whereby students are provided with learning/social and emotional support to access KS4 qualifications under the supervision of specialist staff.