Woodhouse College
Alica Derome Rebecca Saul

SpLD Learning Support Tutor

Specific Learning Difficulties Learning Support Tutor

Starting August/September 2020

This is a permanent, full-time post, 36 hours per week, all-year round

Salary range: £32,709 – £35,198 inclusive per annum
With effect January 2021, the salary will be £33,527 – £36,078 inclusive per annum
We are seeking a committed and experienced individual to work closely with our Additional Learning Support Coordinator to support students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) and to provide assistance with exam access administration and arrangements. The postholder will work closely with students to support them in college life to achieve their academic potential by enabling them to fully access their courses, develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required and be successful in all aspects of their examinations. The postholder will have a passion for the learning and development of young people and the ability to motivate and inspire colleagues. This is an exciting opportunity to join a hugely successful and supportive Student Services team.
The salary will be in the range of Point 21 to Point 24 on the sixth form college support staff salary spine, dependent upon experience and qualifications. This is currently £30,066 to £32,555 plus £2,643 London Weighting. From January 2021, this will be £30,818 to £33,369 plus £2,709 gross per annum.
The closing date for applications is at noon on Monday 6 July 2020.
The College is committed to equality and diversity and hence encourages applications from black and minority ethnic groups which are currently underrepresented. The College is also committed to the protection and safeguarding of young people.
We are looking to appoint someone to work closely with our Additional Learning Support Coordinator to support students with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) so that they can fully access their courses, develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required and be successful in all aspects of their examinations. The postholder will work within a rapidly transforming departmental team to identify students, assess their needs and find appropriate support strategies which help them. It will have a cross-College reach and will involve training and advising colleagues as well as working directly with students. Our aspiration is to appoint someone who will be in a position to support the Coordinator with some of the administrative work related to exam access arrangements.
Job Purpose
To enable students with specific learning difficulties to participate fully in College life and achieve their academic potential.
Main Duties
  1. To interview and assess students with specific learning difficulties and devise effective programmes of support to meet their needs in the context of the A levels they are following.
  2. To plan the delivery of support to students including one to one, small group or workshop provision as required, to enable them to fully participate in their studies and to progress more generally. 
  3. To develop SpLD screening tools for students, to mark screening tests and to disseminate results to curriculum staff.
  4. To work closely with teaching staff in the planning, monitoring and reviewing of learners’ support and progress.
  5. Support students in their applications for Disabled Student Allowances at university.
  6. To help source and maintain specialised equipment and to assist with the purchase of appropriate IT and SpLD resources.
  7. To provide information and advice to teachers about the best teaching and learning strategies to adopt in order to help students benefit fully from their courses.
  8. To organise and deliver staff development (formally and informally) related to teaching students with SpLDs.
  9. To be responsible for the maintenance and development of learning support materials for SpLDs.
  10. To keep detailed records of assessment, support and reviews to enable the College to claim Additional Learning Support funding.
  11. To follow up students’ absences and keep their tutors informed.
  12. To maximise student participation by inviting regular feedback from students through questionnaires and half-termly reviews.
  13. To remain up to date with developments in SpLDs support and develop new skills.
  14. Keep up-to-date with current developments, funding requirements and JCQ guidance, working closely with the Exams Manager to ensure access arrangements are in place for students who require them.
  15. To promote the safeguarding and welfare of young people amongst staff and students.
  16. To contribute to cross college activities as required.
  17. To attend and participate in college, department and team meetings as required.
  18. To undertake such duties as may be required which are commensurate with he grade and title of the post.
Essential Requirements
• Hold a Level 5 specialist certificate in teaching and supporting students with SpLDs or equivalent.
• At least 2 years’ experience teaching and supporting students with Specific Learning difficulties.
• Knowledge of SpLds, how they affect learning and how to help students succeed in their learning.
• Ability to coach, motivate and train others – both colleagues and students.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral).
• Proven organisational skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail.
• Proven ability to work well within a team.
• Commitment to continuing professional development.
• A commitment to safeguarding the interests and needs of young people.
• An understanding of and commitment to equality and diversity in practice.

Desirable Requirements
• Experience of working with young adults.
• Qualification at degree level or equivalent.
• Have or be working towards a L7 qualification in teaching and assessing for Exam Access Arrangements.
• Up to date Assessment Practising Certificate awarded by Dyslexia Guild, Patoss or the British Dyslexia association.
For further information about the College, the department and for downloadable documents, please go to the following links:
If you have any queries or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Personnel team via personnel@woodhouse.ac.uk