Are you considering a role in Learning Support, but you’re unsure of what to expect? Don’t worry, Protocol have put together this blog to help you understand the person specifications, working environment and daily duties of a Learning Support worker.
Our clients are looking for candidates with a passion for supporting and encouraging their students. Most clients will require some experience of working directly with elderly, adults, or young people with a variety of needs in either an educational, healthcare or care environment as all skills used in these settings are transferable.
You do not have to hold any specific qualifications to work in Learning Support, however you must have at least a pass in English and Maths.
However, holding relevant qualifications or knowledge in the below areas will make your application stand out among other candidates:
- Social Science or Social Work
- Special Education Needs
- Learning Support Specialisms
You must have the following skills to be able to support learners with specific disabilities and learning difficulties:
- Knowledge and expertise in learning difficulties and disabilities as well as the associated social, cultural and physical needs of learners
- The ability to remain composed under pressure and in stressful situations
- Flexible and supportive in your approach
- Excellent verbal communication and time-management skills
- Very good observation skills and the ability to analyse problems, resolving them in a professional and sensitive manner
- The ability to build a strong rapport with students, teaching staff and parents
What will the working environment be like?
Expect to be working alongside experienced and passionate teaching staff who will support you in developing a safe and positive atmosphere for the students under your care.
The working hours will most likely be Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm during term time, depending in if you’re on a full-time or part-time contract. In some instances, you’ll be required to attend training, meetings and extracurricular activities outside of your regular working hours.
What will your day-to-day tasks be?
- Provide support to benefit your student’s needs and requirements
- Build a positive environment for your pupil
- Look after your student’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing
- Create and maintain relationships with your learner, their teaching staff and family
- Manage detailed records and attend meetings regarding your pupil’s academic progression, needs and requirements
- Support your learner with following classroom instructions, coursework and social activities
- Escort your student between classes
We also have a FREE guide you can download here if you would like more information about working in Learning Support.
If you have a passion for Learning Support and would like to start your journey with Protocol, get in touch!