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Learning Support Teacher

Date:  9 Jul 2024
Location: 

Geneva, CH

Job ID:  3223
School:  Collége du Léman, Geneva
Company:  Nord Anglia Education

WHO WE ARE

Collège du Léman is one of Switzerland’s most prestigious international schools, located on the edge of Lake Geneva in view of the Swiss Alps. We welcome children from 2 to 18 years old to become part of a truly international community with more than 120 different nationalities. Our vision is to shape generations that harness differences and empower our students to change the world for the better.

We nurture individual strengths through our outstanding educators and the sheer breadth of opportunities that we offer as part of our curriculum and activities.

Collège du Léman is part of the Nord Anglia Education family of more than 80 premium schools, educating students in over 30 countries.

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

The Bilingual Learning Support Teacher will identify students’ learning needs and will work to support students to achieve their potential wherever possible within the classroom. He or she will collaborate closely with teachers and other professionals to give support which is fully aligned with student needs. In agreement with the class teacher, the Learning Support teacher will develop targeted and timely interventions which can, for the most part, be integrated into regular classroom practice.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Learning Support Teacher is responsible, in collaboration with the teacher, for:

  • Planning, organising and implementing specific interventions to develop literacy, numeracy and language skills for students who have identified specific learning differences (to include HP)
  • Providing in class’s support or small groups pull-outs as appropriate
  • Providing 1:1 support for those students with significant learning differences which have been identified by an external evaluation.

This involves:

  • Completing student observations and evaluations.  
  • Collaborating with teachers to provide classroom management suggestions and plans regarding identified students
  • Mentoring assistants and support staff as appropriate
  • Communication with parents in collaboration with the classroom teacher, Principals and/or Deputies
  • Collaborating with School Counsellor and external specialists
  • Providing regular feedback to principal/deputies.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Presenting a positive role model by employing appropriate and respectful interactions with students and staff
  •  Maintaining own records for identified students.
  • Leading workshops with teachers and other staff for professional development
  • Remaining current in the field of Learning Differences by attending in-service programs, mandated staff meetings trainings and self-selected workshops and conferences.
  • Attending reviews or other related meetings
  • Assisting with playground supervision and special activities as requested.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

(The abilities that the individual needs in order to perform this role effectively)

  • Good organisational skills
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with students and parents.
  • Ability to take initiative and accept responsibility
  • Awareness of confidential processes and an ability to respect confidentiality
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Dynamic, committed yet flexible
  • Willingness to embrace the latest developments in education for those with Learning Differences (including HP) and a commitment to ongoing Professional Development
  • Ability to use IPADS/computers to stimulate interest in learning

  • Ability to work with administrative and regular Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook...
  • Assessing students formally and informally including standardised assessments, screeners and use these to assess data to inform support for those students in need.
  • Providing regular feedback on progress and achievements to individual student's teachers and parents.
  • The learning support teacher will serve as a case manager for students receiving learning support services, including writing IEPs and keeping the students learning support master list up to date
  • Fluent in English (level C1 minimum reading/writing speaking).French desirable at B1 level. 

Desirable skills:

  • Familiar with the MTSS inclusive framework
  • Experience in administrating standardized assessments and diagnostic screeners.
  • A minimum of 2 years of special educational/learning support teaching in a diverse setting

 

QUALIFICATION

To be considered for this position, you must possess a BA (QTS)/BSc (QTS) or equivalent, or a BA/BSc with a PGCE or MA in Special Education. Alternatively, a B.Ed or CAPSAIS/CAPA-SH qualification is also acceptable. Preferred qualifications include experience in Speech and Language Therapy.

EXPERIENCE

In terms of experience, you should demonstrate an ability to evaluate a student’s needs and develop appropriate interventions, both in small group settings and within larger classes. Previous experience working with Preschool/Primary aged children with specific learning needs is highly valued, as well as an understanding of confidential processes and a commitment to respecting confidentiality. Additionally, experience with different cultures and familiarity with programmes for high-potential (HP) students are considered advantageous.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

It is important that the post holder is always aware of Child Protection guidelines and observes a professional distance from students whilst still developing effective working and caring relationships. You understand and embrace the importance of diversity and inclusion and stand against discrimination in any form. Background investigations and reference checks for the past ten years will be conducted during the selection process.

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