1:1 Learning Support Assistant (x 4)

1:1 Learning Support Assistant (x 4)

Salary details: £14,648 actual (£19,000 per annum, pro-rata)
Job term: Term Time (40 weeks per annum – 38 weeks delivery, 2 weeks flexible) rolling
fixed one year contract (subject to funding)
Start Date: ASAP
Hours: 35 hours per week
Location: The Outdoors School, Exeter / Tiverton site (may also be required to travel
between sites)
Organisation: The Outdoors Group Ltd
Closing date: 1 November 2020

The Outdoors School is a new independent special school that is based outside in a woodland setting for learners with SEMH and ASD needs. We believe in developing the whole learner not just their academic ability. We use a project-based method allowing the learner to be completely autonomous contributing to a well-rounded education, based on skills for lifelong learning and personal development.

The school caters for KS2 and KS3 learners (ages 7-14) and aims to provide a space for learners to develop skillsets and a growth mindset that they have been unable to in previous settings. We work closely with learners’ support networks, both professional and familial and try to create a holistic and engaging place for learners to grow.

We are now looking for four new members of staff to join our existing team to complement the skills already offered by our staff. It is essential that you have a love for the outdoors as the position is based 100% outside. In addition, you will have experience working 1:1 with learners, an understanding of SEMH and ASD as well as experience that relates to our learners’ specific needs, as detailed below:

Learner:  Aged 12 years – Exeter site

This learner has high levels of anxiety and SEMH and responds much better to males therefore applications from males are encouraged. He has delays with literacy and numeracy skills, receptive and expressive language, social interaction and emotional awareness and regulation as well as independent learning skills.

Learner:  Aged 12 years – Exeter site

This learner has ASD and PDA. He has attention, concentration, social and independent learning skill needs, emotional regulation, safety awareness, issues with self-esteem and confidence, fine motor skill needs and sensory needs.

Learner:  Aged 9 years – Tiverton site

A vulnerable learner with high anxiety, ADHD, Attachment Disorder and SEMH; it is essential that his LSA develops a strong relationship with his family.  This post is for 2 days per week (Thu and Fri), to support his engagement with our enrichment programme both on and off site.

This learner has needs relating to following the lead of adults, managing transitions, receptive and expressive language, sharing and turn taking, attention and focus, independent learning skills, engaging with challenging work, literacy skills, emotional regulation, danger awareness, peer relationships and social understanding, sensory needs, reluctance to engage in PE, awareness of self-care.

Learner:  Aged 10 years – Tiverton site

This learner has intimate care needs and requires an early year’s approach due to his learning difficulties. He has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and has high levels of anxiety, needs emotional regulation, has sensory needs, does not fully understand social situations, does not cope with changes to routine and transitions and needs independence skills.

This post requires a DBS check.

For more information and to discuss the role please email hr@outdoorsgroup.co.uk.

Job Description

Reporting to

School Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Senior Curriculum Tutor

Job Purpose

Each group of six learners at The Outdoors School has a core staff team comprising a Curriculum Tutor, a Pastoral Tutor and a Behaviour Support Worker. In addition, some of our learners have 1:1 Learning Support Assistants according to their specific needs.

Under the direction of the curriculum staff, 1:1 Learning Support Assistants will work with a designated learner on a 1:1 basis ensuring they can access our specialist curriculum.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Provide excellent behaviour management support skills to support learners who display behaviours that challenge.
  • Work under the direction of the curriculum staff to support learning and development of outdoor learning skills.
  • To support the delivery of projects to extend pupils’ learning in line with the school curriculum and ethos.
  • Work with other staff and specialists to engage learners creatively and effectively.
  • Where required, support intimate care needs.
  • Work to develop a positive relationship with the learner’s parents/carers.

The 1:1 Learning Support role is an innovative role where you will work with learners and staff to support the delivery of sessions that aim to support learners creatively with responsibility and instil a sense of challenge and growth mindset for learning and life.

The sessions are based around outdoor activities, team-building and problem-solving challenges that will extend into qualifications as learners progress through the school.

You are expected to be aware of and adhere to all policies and procedures for The Outdoors School.

This post requires a DBS check.

The Outdoors Group believe in supporting and nurturing all employees and you would therefore be expected to participate and engage with our bespoke Company CPD programs to meet the needs of your job role and enable you to grow with the organisation.

Please note that all employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in their job description. 

This job description is current at the date shown, but in consultation with you, may be amended by your line manager to reflect or anticipate changes in the job role.

Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge and Experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of autism and PDA profiles.
  • Knowledge of literacy and/or numeracy intervention packages.
  • Creativity and versatility, engaging learners by creating resources and using identified strategies to support their needs.
  • Reflective and responsive to the needs of learners, recognising potential barriers to learning and seeking to overcome these.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Recent experience of working with primary or secondary learners with SEMH difficulties and ASD/PDA.
  • Knowledge of behaviour intervention and support practices.
  • Experience of working with learners with challenging behaviour outdoors.
  • Knowledge of inter-agency working.
  • Previous experience working within outdoor education or forest school settings.


Personal qualities
  • Resilience to working outdoors in all weathers.
  • Demonstrate a commitment and passion for the forest school ethos.
  • High expectations of children and a desire to ensure they reach their full potential.
  • Enthusiasm and drive for improvement.
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • Commitment to improving outcomes for children and families.
  • Commitment to safeguarding and safe practice.
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities.
  • Sense of humour
  • Forward-thinking
Qualifications & Training
  • 5 GCSE’s grade A-C or equivalent
  • Willingness to complete necessary qualifications and training.


  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • First Aid (Paediatric & Forest School)
  • Forest School Leader Level 3
To apply please complete our application form and submit your covering letter here.

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