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My Role as a Learning Support Assistant

4th March 2015

Charlie is a Learning Support Assistant working in schools in Bristol through Protocol Education.

The Role of an LSA = Laughter, Sanity (or should that be insanity!) and the Ability to cope with any situation.  

My Role as a Learning Support Assistant

The primary remit of my job as an LSA is to support individual students and aid them in overcoming learning barriers. I support individuals with specific special education needs. Having just been offered a place to begin my PGCE in September, I know that I could not have reached the career milestone without the invaluable experience I have gained through working with Protocol Education.

A Typical Day as an LSA

Duties as an LSA include one-to-one work providing literacy support for children with IEPS or learning difficulties, performing playground and lunch duty, and acting as a PEEP for specific children. Using picture cards, puppets and other visual tools I reinforce structured learning habits and positive social interaction with peers. In the classroom I listen to children read on a one-to-one basis or lead a guided group reading. A wider aspect of my role has involved monitoring the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of the students. This was achieved through building a rapport with the students I supported and by taking a general interest in them, their interests and dislikes. This can help me to better gauge how to best encourage them to learn in the classroom environment.

Support from School Staff

This could not have been achieved without the support the permanent teaching support staff that informed me of the needs of certain children who they have been working with, in some cases, for a number of years. It can be daunting to enter a classroom as a new member of staff, but all of the staff I have met in the last six months have always made this a smooth and easy transition.

An important part of my job is to give positive reinforcement and encouragement to the young people I support to help build up their self-esteem and confidence. This is a very simple thing to do but it can have a substantial impact on their learning and development. Being able to laugh at yourself and with the kids is the best part of my day!

~ by Charlie, an LSA working in schools in Bristol through Protocol Education

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