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Learning Support/Care Assistant (LSCA) – The Orpheus Centre, Surrey

The Orpheus Centre in Godstone, Surrey is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Learning Support/Care Assistant.

35 hours per week, 44 weeks a year (hours may be altered on occasions according to the needs of the curriculum and organisation).

  • To support courses which are designed for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged between 18 and 25, to learn more independence skills, demonstrate transferability of skills into their daily lives and progress into a supported living environment.
  • To provide support for students with severe and complex learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD), and tutors to ensure the delivery of an effective programme of further education and to work as part of a co-ordination team.
  • Communicate with parents and/or carers on a daily basis and set up communication books if required.
  • Meet and greet students as they come to the Centre and at the end of the day check they are leaving on the correct transport/sign them out.
  • Working with the whole class, a small group or individual learners as required.
  • Supporting and complementing the role of the tutor and where necessary, assisting in the preparation of the teaching environment and equipment under the tutor’s guidance.
  • Cleaning away materials and filing the students work.
  • Encouraging students to demonstrate appropriate social skills as well as behaving appropriately in public settings; including all areas of the College.
  • To be flexible in meeting individual student’s need(s) and deliver discreet support to named students.
  • To ensure accurate individual student records are maintained.
  • Helping to build students’ confidence and motivation.
  • Acting as liaison between tutor and student.
  • Providing LSCA team members and relevant tutors with information in relation to aspects of student’s behaviour, education and welfare.
  • Encouraging students to demonstrate appropriate social skills as well as behaving appropriately in public settings; including all areas of the College.
  • Assisting with a wide range of medical and personal care tasks as necessary and providing physical support where needed.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with other professionals, colleagues, service users and families/carers and have the ability to support individuals with their personal hygiene and intimate care needs in a respectful and dignified manner.
  • To have an understanding of the changing needs of adults with a learning disability and must have regard for the dignity, respect and rights of students.
  • The role requires a great deal of flexibility and some manual handling tasks are also intrinsic to this post. Personal care is part of the duties of this role and training will be provided in giving medical care and support.
  • Participating in all timetabled activities, providing personal assistance and supervision for students before, during and after lessons.
  • Taking necessary action in an accident or emergency such as; following fire procedures, requesting necessary assistance or taking over a group of students.
  • Participating in team meetings and training programmes as an active member of the team, where appropriate.
  • Working with managers and employees to support the developing culture of the learning organisation.
  • To support learners with managing behaviour and accessing the curriculum.
  • Helping students understand and undertake set tasks in an appropriate way including note taking and supporting with literacy and numeracy.

Salary: £16,275 – £17,187

For further details please check out the full job description. To apply, please email