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Supported Learning Assistant - Surrey Wide

  • Reference:orbis/TP/838/625
  • Positions:6
  • Salary:£11.08 per hour
  • Category:Adult Learning
  • Contract type:Bank
  • Working hours:Casual
  • Posted on:8 April 2019
  • Closing date:30 June 2019
  • Directorate:Children, Families & Learning
  • Location:Surrey Wide


Surrey Adult Learning provides a wide range of part-time day and evening courses to adults. Within this the Supported Learning team offers a programme of Entry level accredited and non-accredited courses designed to give adults with learning disabilities (LD) the opportunity to develop their independent living, personal and employment skills.

Our current rate of pay is £11.08 per hour inclusive of 14% leave entitlement, increasing to 16% on completion of five year's service with Surrey County Council.

This is a zero hours (bank) contract. The amount of work you are offered (during term time only) will depend on the current vacancy. There is no obligation on Surrey County Council as your employer to provide you with a guaranteed amount of work. A typical course will normally run for one, two or three terms for two hours per week. Please note that in some cases courses might not be viable due to low enrolments and may be cancelled. 

Classes run in the north and south west of Surrey and are located in one of our seven main centres: Guildford, Camberley, Farnham, Woking, Esher, Sunbury and Molesey.

Surrey County Council 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. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

About the role

Our Supported Learning team manage a programme of discrete courses for learners with specific needs and disabilities. These courses are held in one of our centres and enable learners with learning difficulties and sensory impairment to access a wide range of recreational and accredited learning.

Within the Supported Learning programme the main purpose of the Supported Learning Assistant (SLA) is to assist the tutor with their responsibility for the management and delivery of the teaching, learning and assessment process. Typical duties may include some or all of the following but this list is far from exhaust

  • Enable the learner to use specialist equipment
  • Help with mobility difficulties
  • Help to develop motor skills
  • Break tasks down into manageable chunks
  • Challenge learners to encourage development and promote ideas and thoughts
  • Encourage participation
  • Develop communication strategies
  • Build confidence and self esteem
  • Clarify/explain tutor instructions for learners
  • Encourage concentration and focus
  • Provide tutor with feedback on learning
  • Supervise and support learners during the short break from formal learning in accordance with the tutor's instructions

The team also deploy SLAs to support learners with additional needs enrolled on a course in other areas of the Service on a 1:1 basis.

The role does not include personal care for learners.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.

Additional information

Contact details

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the role, please email, who will put you in touch with a member of the Supported Learning team.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 30th June 2019.

Applications are considered on an ongoing basis.

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  • Updated: 07 Jun 2020