WHAT ARE LEARNING SUPPORT WORKERS?
We support teachers in primary, secondary, post-compulsory and special schools to deliver the best possible outcomes for all learners.
Our training, skills, patience, commitment and compassion allow us to build positive relationships with the learners we support. Not only are we well-trained, but we are also passionate and dedicated to identify the individual needs of each and every learner so they can flourish.
The work we do varies depending on the needs of the school, the teachers and the learners involved.
Sometimes, we’re supporting learners on a one-to-one basis in a specific area of learning, helping them overcome obstacles to succeed. Other times, we are preparing valuable learning resources or taking the lead in motivating and engaging small groups of learners under the guidance of the teacher.
Above all else, we work in partnership with teachers to support our learners with their educational and social development, both in and outside of the classroom.
There are a wide variety of learning support roles available in schools, including teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs), behavioural specialists and additional learning needs (ALN) specialists.
THE QUALIFICATIONS YOU WILL NEED
In order to be a learning support worker, you often need five GCSEs at grade C or above. Usually, these GCSEs will need to include mathematics and English and/or Welsh.
Many schools will also look for evidence of skills and knowledge developed through relevant experience.
The salary outlined below is intended as a guide.