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Secondary Inclusion Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

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The Aquila School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Oct 31, 2022

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We are looking for a skilled Secondary Inclusion Learning Support Assistant (LSA) who is able to support learning, encourage independence and have an excellent command of English. The ideal candidate would be a UAE resident with own sponsorship.

The Aquila School is an exciting international British school in Dubailand.  Our experienced and passionate staff are committed to ensuring every child develops a love of learning and acquires the skills and knowledge they need for the future. We offer an exciting and creative curriculum, based on the English National Curriculum – underpinned by our mission of providing amazing learning. 

For all staff in school we share a responsibility to ensure that children are safe and properly supervised at all times. Our school vision statement is ‘real learning for a real future’- providing enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences for our pupils.  All staff are expected to adhere to The Aquila Professional Code of Conduct and commit to promoting the 4 C’s – courtesy, consideration, co-operation and common sense across the school community.

The Aquila School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.

Key qualities and skills:

  • To be able to develop positive working relationships with all members of the school community
  • To be able to use initiative, be flexible, fun, proactive and positive
  • To be kind, approachable and professional
  • Excellent English language (IELTS 7) and communication skills
  • Will be required to work with pupils of determination as directed by the SENCo.
  • Experience of working with secondary age pupils is an advantage

Core purposes:

  • To help children make as much progress with their learning as possible
  • To encourage children to be independent
  • To support the teachers in the day to day running of the class 

Key duties include:

  • Working with groups and individuals to support learning across the curriculum under the direction of the teacher. This could include the delivery of intervention programmes
  • Encouraging independence i.e. helping the children to achieve their objectives (through questioning, dialogue, demonstrating and modelling) rather than doing the work for them
  • Tasks to support the day to day running of the school- e.g. preparing resources, being responsible for specific areas etc
  • Engaging the pupils in meaningful talk at all opportunities in order to develop language, and build relationships
  • Supervising the children, for example on trips, at break times, travelling around the school, and at swimming and PE lessons
  • Managing pupil behaviour in a positive manner and being a positive role model in line with The Aquila Way on behaviour e.g. giving golden tickets, acknowledging children who have made good choices etc
  • To ensure confidentiality at all times i.e.- never discussing any aspect of the work of the school other than with colleagues in school
  • Being proactive in knowing the expectations of your work for each session
  • To meet at least weekly with the teaching team
  • To work closely with the teachers to ensure there is effective communication-both oral and written concerning pupil progress and learning
  • To be proactive in your own professional development- if there is an element of your role you are less confident in carrying out- ask
  • To work alongside the teacher and children as per The Aquila Way to create interactive and relevant displays to support learning and celebrate achievement 
  • To either run breakfast club (6.30am-7.30am 5 days a week) or after school club (2.45pm to 4.15pm 5 days a week- two weeks on, one week off or equivalent). LSA’s also work as a backup for bus supervision if required

Any other work that maybe needed to support the daily operations of the school and ISP. 

We do NOT offer transportation to and from home
Hours of work- Core working hours are from 7:25am to 3.25pm (Monday to Thursday) and 7:25 am to 12:00 pm Fridays, plus occassional hours after work or on weekends
Holidays- as per the school KHDA approved calendar. Staff are required to attend 5 training days at the start of each school year. 

About the International Schools Partnership (ISP) Group

The Aquila School is owned by a London based company called International Schools Partnership (ISP).  The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our pupils, colleagues and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.

ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and commercial operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located in the UK, the USA, Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, and Mexico educate children and pupils from 2-18 years of age. We have now expanded to almost 50 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations with around 40,000 pupils and 7,000 staff located across the globe.

We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that are able to forge successful careers and lives in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools as the leading school of choice in their local area. We are a truly international group working in different cultures and speaking different languages. We work across countries and cultures, too, by working with each other and with other schools and communities. At ISP we continue to engage with schools around the world who are interested in becoming part of our global group of schools and look forward to welcoming more pupils and staff to the group.

All our schools:

  • Help children and pupils learn to levels that amaze
  • Inspire children and pupils to be successful now and equip them to be successful
  • Are truly international, working in partnerships within and across regions, cultures and languages.
  • Aim to be the schools of choice for children, pupils and their families, wherever we are.
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