The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist College in Godstone, Surrey for disabled young adults aged between 18 and 25. We focus on developing independence skills through performing and visual arts and make dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a SEND Learning Support Care Assistant (LSCA).

The purpose of this role is to support the education and care needs of disabled young adults and to support and champion learners with development of their independent living, employability, social and communication interaction skills in line with their future aspirations.

This is a varied role where you will be support for our learners in the classroom, workplace or out on trips and visits.  Ultimately, you will be there to guide, encourage, support and prompt.

SEND Learning Support Care Assistants (LSCAs) will be uniquely positioned to consistently support students to achieve their personal developmental goals in all settings and throughout the full week. The SEND LSCA role will be worked over 44 weeks of the year, with holidays taken outside of term times.

Do you have minimum or two years’ experience of working with young people or adults with a range of severe, complex and moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities and/or behavioural needs? An understanding of the range or different types of disabilities?

35 hours per week – Monday to Friday / 9am to 5pm / 44 weeks per year 

Full and part-time positions considered – please indicate preference at time of application.

Salary: £19,765.13 per annum pro rata  

Please note that this is a term time only contract for 44 weeks a year, 38 of which are term weeks, plus 6 weeks of admin, rehearsals and training – to be worked as required by the organisation.

Excellent benefits including: 

  • Competitive pay
  • A consistent rolling shift pattern so you can plan your life
  • Term-time only work across 44 weeks of the year
  • Training & development opportunities
  • Supervision and support
  • Enhanced employer pension contributions 
  • Employee Assistant Program (EAP)
  • Paid days off for dependants
  • Bereavement leave
  • Death in service
  • Free staff lunches
  • Pension Contribution

Experience working in further education with young adults with learning and/or physical disabilities is desirable.

Essentials Experience & Qualifications:

  • Level 2 English and Maths
  • Good level of education and experience
  • Level 2 / 3 Learning Support qualification or equivalent
  • A minimum or two years’ experience of working with young people or adults with a range of severe, complex and moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities and/or behavioural needs
  • Have an understanding of the range of different types of disabilities
  • Willingness to maintain and update personal specialist skills and knowledge through engaging with appropriate professional development activities and training
  • Good computer literacy and administrative skills
  • Ability to work well in a team and foster good relationships within a multi-disciplinary work force
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with other professionals, colleagues, learners and families/carers
  • Innovative and creative
  • Sense of humour
  • Caring and patient attitude
  • Excellent people skills

Orpheus is committed to safeguarding and promotes the welfare of all service users. We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities.

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. It is therefore subject to an Enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure Barring Service.

In order to be considered you must be eligible to work in the UK.

We'd love to hear from you.

Please click here for full job description, person specification and to apply.

The Orpheus Centre is proud to be a disability confident employer.

We have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people. Reasonable adjustments will be made to the recruitment procedure as required in consultation with the applicant to ensure no-one is disadvantaged because of their disability. If a disabled person is selected for a position, reasonable adjustments will be made to the workplace, including premises and equipment, work duties and practices or policies, as appropriate. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role as set out in the role profile and person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are:

  • challenging attitudes towards disability
  • increasing understanding of disability
  • removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspiration

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