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Learning Support Assistant

Seashell Trust
£17,956 - £18,704 a year - Permanent, Part-time, Full-time



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  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking

Full job description

Job Title: Learning Support/Teaching Assistant College

Type: Permanent

Location: Royal College Manchester Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6RQ

Salary: £17,956 - £18,704 per annum + benefits + overtime

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4pm (35 hours per week), term time only, 40 weeks per year + 12 weeks holiday

Seashell has an amazing opportunity to join us as a Learning Support Assistant for our specialist College supporting students to live their best lives and help us continue to provide high quality education and care.

About Seashell

Celebrating over 200 years of being a recognised and registered charity, Seashell Trust provides expert guidance and support to individuals in need.

Based in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, the Trust consists of the Royal School Manchester (RSM), Royal College Manchester (RCM), outreach health and family services and residential homes which provide a safe and supporting environment.

About Seashell Royal College Manchester

RCM offers tailored and specialist education and care to over 70 young people with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs and Autism for students aged 19 to 25.

Our College provides world-leading learning initiatives, resources and highly specialist multi-sensory learning environments which are tailored to each individual young person.

At Seashell Trust we are dedicated to providing a creative, happy, and secure environment for children and young people with complex needs and additional communication challenges from across the UK.

What we’re looking for:

The young people within our specialist education setting have profound and complex learning difficulties and disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, sensory impairments, and communication disorders.

To be successful in the role you’ll need:

  • Experience within a care or education workplace setting is not essential for this role, although would be beneficial.
  • Firsthand experience of either complex needs, learning disabilities, sensory impairments or autistic spectrum conditions.
  • Enthusiasm, determination and resilience
  • Empathy and self-awareness

Learning Support Assistant Role Outline:

Based on site at RCM, Cheadle Hulme, you will work on a one-to-one basis supporting the day-to-day learning of the students within the college and providing any other support they may require through the day.

Assist the teacher with planning and preparation of resources and programmes including differentiation for the individual needs of learners in the class/group

Actively support all students in the full range of curriculum activities across the college/school

Work with students with Autism, multi-sensory impairments, physical disabilities, severe learning difficulties and those with non-verbal communication needs to enhance their communication skills, social skills, ability to think flexibly and to problem-solve.

What we can offer you:

Our detailed 2-week induction programme ensures that all Seashell employees gain the essential knowledge to work within our amazing setting.

With our commitment to ongoing training and development through appraisals and supervisions we encourage career progression and development throughout the business.

Other benefits include:

  • Use of our on-site gym, fitness classes, and state of the art swimming pool
  • A generous annual leave entitlement (5.4 weeks per year as school holidays) as this is a term time only role.
  • Paid Enhanced DBS
  • Multiple retail, food and leisure discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Free on-site parking
  • A comprehensive health and wellbeing provision including Employee Assistance, wellbeing programmes and Occupational Health
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee recognition and reward Summer and Winter events.

How to apply

Please upload your CV to apply. As part of our safer recruitment policy, you will be asked to complete a Compliance Application Form, and successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.

About Seashell Trust

We provide a caring environment that is safeguarded and committed to promoting learning, respect and independence, as well as dignity for all of our students.

We value our employees and recognise the need to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled and committed talent who share our vision and values!

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. We are an inclusive employer and welcome all applications.

Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview. If you require any reasonable adjustments for an interview, please highlight this to our Recruitment Team in advance.

This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.


Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent

Pay: £17,956.00-£18,704.00 per year

Expected hours: 35 per week


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site gym
  • On-site parking
  • Private medical insurance
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount


  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

Application question(s):

  • Please can you detail either your professional or personal experience with complex learning difficulties and/or Autism?


  • GCSE or equivalent (preferred)


  • working or living with complex learning difficulties and ASC: 1 year (preferred)

Work Location: In person