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Folly Farm Lane Ashley Ringwood Hampshire BH24 2NN Tel: 01425 472 664 mail@ringwoodwaldorfschool.org.uk

LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION General Description of the School Ringwood Waldorf School is a well established Steiner Waldorf School located on the borders of Hampshire and Dorset. The beautiful New Forest and the villages, beaches and coastal paths of Dorset are all within easy reach of the school. The Waldorf School is one activity of four within the umbrella of the Sheiling Trust, the other activities being Camphill Communities. The Sheiling School is a day and residential school for children with special needs. The Lantern Centre is a residential community with adults with special needs and Sturts Farm is a biodynamic farm community with adults with special needs. Ringwood Waldorf School comprises four Kindergarten Groups and classes from Class 1 to Class 10. The Upper School started in September 2009 and we have plans to extend to Class 12. All classes are housed in permanent purpose built spaces and a number of workshop spaces are also available. There are plans to extend the buildings to accommodate the Upper School.

The Position: Learning Support Assistant with primary responsibility for one pupil for the duration of his attendance at Ringwood Waldorf School. The contract for this position will be a fixed term contract for a period of one year, subject to renewal on an annual basis, if all parties are in agreement, until such time as the pupil ceases to attend or no longer needs the support of an assistant. There will be a review at the end of each half term and in the instance of the situation no longer being beneficial to the pupil notice will be given. This position will terminate when the pupil ceases to attend.

Main Responsibilities of the post: 1. Under the guidance of the class teacher, to provide reliable and consistent support for the specified pupil while s/he is attending Ringwood Waldorf School and to support the class in other ways where this is congruent with the main responsibility of the post. 2. To be involved in supporting the delivery of all aspects of the Waldorf curriculum adopting the most effective teaching approaches for the pupil’s needs and in a way appropriate to a Waldorf school, in consultation with the teacher and the SENCO. 3. When deemed appropriate by the class teacher, to support the pupil on a one-to-one basis outside of the classroom. The nature of this one-to one support will be agreed between the class teacher and the LSA. 4. The main focus of the role is to support the pupil in all aspects of their social, emotional, physical and academic development and to support the pupil, the class and the class teacher in developing positive and appropriate relationships within the classroom setting.


Summary of duties and Responsibilities: 1. To support the pupil in accessing all aspects of the curriculum. 2. In keeping with the ILP (Individual Learning Plan), to balance giving direct support with encouraging appropriate levels of independence. In furtherance of the development of independence, the LSA, in consultation with the class teacher, may assist other children within the class when deemed appropriate and of benefit to the pupil. 3. To accompany the class and where appropriate the pupil to events, festivals, assemblies and on walks and outings. 4. To set an example to the pupils of mature and appropriate behaviour and clothing, representative of the school’s ethos and principles. 5. To maintain safe practise and report any concerns to the class teacher or the safeguarding officer. 6. To participate in pupil progress reviews and risk assessments upon request. 7. To work collegially as a team member, including occasional attendance at Learning Support meetings (by prior arrangement). Additional Duties and Responsibilities To perform any other tasks within reason which, from time to time, may be necessary to fulfil the needs of the role and further the objectives of Ringwood Waldorf School. Other conditions: •

In the event of the child being off sick, the LSA will continue to assist in the class as required by the class teacher.

In the event of the LSA being unwell, the LSA will notify the class teacher first and then, with agreement of the teacher, the family of the child. Unless otherwise agreed with the class teacher, the family will keep the child at home until alternative arrangements have been made.

Any communication with the family regarding the child’s progress and day to day issues is the primary responsibility of the teacher, who may delegate relaying of messages or information to the LSA. Otherwise the LSA will refer queries from the family to the class teacher.

The LSA will communicate with the class teacher on a regular basis. All communication regarding the child should be through the class teacher or college.

Responsible to: The position reports to the class teacher and is accountable to the School Management Team.


Person Specification: The candidate appointed will be: • Preferably, a qualified Steiner Waldorf teacher or have other appropriate qualifications and/or experience. • Experienced in working with children with SEN. • Patient with sense of humour, good health and stamina. • An excellent team-worker, willing to work under direction and independently as appropriate. • Suitable to work with children and willing to undertake an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure. Candidates from abroad will be asked to provide criminal records clearance from countries of residence, as well as evidence of eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Candidates must have the right to work in the United Kingdom. We are currently applying to be a Sponsor for candidates from outside the EU. OTHER INFORMATION Ringwood Waldorf School is an equal opportunities employer. Ringwood Waldorf School operates a Rehabilitation of Offenders Policy as appropriate to a school setting. Ringwood Waldorf School is an Activity of the Sheiling Trust which is the contractual employer. As a Steiner Waldorf School we have chosen to operate as a community in accordance with the social indications given by Rudolf Steiner. Our practice derives from the world view of anthroposophy. A willingness to work with these precepts is a condition of appointment. It should also be noted that we have our own contract, separate to that of the other activities of the Sheiling Trust. As we try to work as an incomes community, working with our parents in a similar way, this sets us apart from the employment principles of the other activities of the Sheiling Trust. In signing up to our contract you would be agreeing not to expect the same conditions as the employees of the other Sheiling Trust activities. Applications, addressed to the Staffing Group, should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV as well as a handwritten personal biography. The names and contact details of two referees (one professional and one personal) should be included. They will not be contacted until and unless you are offered an interview. If you have any questions about this position please contact: Nigel Revill, Administrator, Ringwood Waldorf School, Folly Farm Lane, Ashley, Ringwood BH24 2NN. Tel.: 01425 472664. E-mail: mail@ringwoodwaldorfschool.org.uk For another view of the school please visit our website: www.ringwoodwaldorfschool.org.uk

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