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Learning Support Assistant – Beechwood College

  • Location: Cardiff
  • Salary: £12.00 Per Hour
  • Hours: 33.75 Hours Per Week

Iris Care Group has an exciting new opportunity for (a) Learning Support Assistant to join our well-established team at Beechwood College, Sully.

Employing over 1,600 people, Iris Care Group is the largest independent health and social care provider across the Southwest of England and South Wales. We provide innovative, effective, and forward-thinking care for adults with specialist mental healthcare needs.

With over 90% of staff saying they enjoy their job; we are proud to have created environments where our staff feel rewarded and fulfilled. Work for us and you’ll go home knowing that you’ve made a difference.


What will you receive?

  • Salary of £12.00 per hour
  • Industry-leading training
  • Employee Assistance Program – free 24/7 confidential helpline (domestic, financial, legal, health support, etc.)
  • High street retail discount scheme
  • ‘Recognise Me’, our new staff benefits, wellbeing and recognition platform.
  • Free on-site parking and uniform
  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • No zero-hour contracts
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Death in service

Iris Care Group also offers a ‘refer a friend’ scheme: where you could earn as much as £1000* for every new staff member you successfully introduce.


About your role

As a LSA, you will be supporting individuals with complex needs such as Autism, Learning Disabilities, challenging behaviours, physical disabilities, and Mental Health conditions.


Role Responsibilities

  • To promote the safeguarding of students at all times.
  • To provide high quality teaching and learning opportunities and resources across the educational day, showing flexibility and differentiation to effectively meet students’ needs.
  • To have knowledge of each student’s targets within their EHCP/IDP and provide the support needed for students to achieve their goals.
  • To support all students in attending sessions and maintaining engagement throughout.
  • To manage and maintain student files to a high standard, ensuring all information is accurate and up to date.
  • To support and contribute to the college’s total communication approach.
  • To role model active support and to support Residential staff in strategies and best practice methods of supporting student needs. This is in relation to supporting within the classroom or outside learning tasks. Support and guide other less experienced staff where needed.
  • To provide and maintain high quality displays, ensuring the College is a vibrant environment which celebrates the students’ achievements and diversity.
  • To assist the lecturer to prepare the learning environment and maintain it to a good standard. Ensuring the classroom is ready for learning and tidy at the end of the College Day.
  • To organise and deliver activities/clubs in student break and lunchtimes.
  • To ensure students have appropriate access to independent learning opportunities both within the college environment and through more inclusive community contexts.
  • To maintain effective partnerships with parent/carers to promote students’ learning and to assist the lecturer in providing information to parents about targets, achievements and progress.
  • To offer a high level of personal care to students, that respects their privacy and is appropriate to their culture, age and gender and assist in training other staff to the same standard.
  • To attend staff meetings and training activities/ workshops as required.
  • To cover for lecturers planned absence when, for example, attending Reviews, MDT meetings and training.
  • To cover for short term sickness absence as required, planning and preparing and evaluating sessions as necessary.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of offsite activities and organised trips. Staff may be required to support students in groups or individually in accordance with the College risk assessments. Where applicable, staff may also be required to drive the College vehicles to provide transport.

Role Requirements

  •  Able to form and maintain appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with students and staff.
  • Ability and willingness to work constructively as part of a team.
  • Ability to organise the classroom activities e.g. preparing and setting out resources and implementing strategies for teaching and learning.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to help students to transfer their learning to other parts of their lives.
  • Ability to use own initiative and work flexibly.
  • Willingness to attend training sessions.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both in working relationships with students and in forming effective professional relationships with all involved with the student.


All staff who work in a service that is registered with Care Inspectorate for Wales (CIW) will be required to register with Social Care Wales from 1st October 2022.  You must also be prepared to work towards/undertake the necessary qualifications to meet the requirements to register.


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