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Learning Support Assistant (LSA) in the Reception (EYFS) Class

Closing Date: Monday 5th June 2023 mid-day

Interview Date: Thursday 8th June 2023

Job start: Friday 1st September 2023

Contract: Initially one-year contract

Salary Details: Grade B–C depending on experience, equates to £16,038-£17,344 pro rata (FTE £20,812-£22,215)

Hours of Work: 5 days per week, 32.5 hours a week 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. term time only

Job/Person Summary

We are looking for a Learning Support Assistant to work in our Reception (EYFS) class within our inclusive, successful village primary school.  Previous experience of working in the Early Years Foundation Stage is desirable but not essential.

We are proud to be a Church of England school and provide a happy, stimulated environment in which every pupil feels secure. We focus on our values of ‘Love, Courage and Community’ to support all our amazing pupils and every member of our hard working staff works together to educate and develop each child on their learning journey over their seven years in primary school.

Although this position is initially a one year contract it has the potential to become a permanent role.  Ideally we are looking for a person who can work Monday to Friday.  However, there may be some flexibility and part-time applicants may be considered.  Please state clearly in your covering letter with your application if you wish to be considered on a part time basis.

At Bentley CE Primary School, we aim to secure outstanding outcomes for all our pupils and are looking for an LSA who:

  • Will work alongside our Year R teacher to create a cohesive learning environment, supporting and extending learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Is committed to an inclusive environment, adapting plans and approaches to meet the differing needs of children and bring out the best in them
  • Has a calm, positive and nurturing approach and is able to work independently and show initiative
  • Can support the class teacher in making ongoing assessments of the children
  • Knows and is interested in how children learn
  • Has knowledge of phonics (although training can be given)
  • Knows the importance of keeping children safe
  • Has high expectations for themselves and their pupils
  • Will support effective lunch and playtime cover as a Lunchtime Supervisory Assistant within this role

Desirable skills and experience;

  • An understanding of how primary schools work (systems/policies/experience)
  • Relevant qualifications and training e.g. a degree qualification, childcare qualifications or specific learning support programmes within a school or childcare setting
  • Experience working with children in a school or nursery environment
  • A passion for the importance of play based learning


  • Empathy with pupils needs
  • A love for Early Years learning
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Flexible, quick thinking and child centred
  • A team player with excellent people skills

As a school we will offer;

  • A rewarding and very fulfilling role within our Church School community in a lovely rural village
  • 200 amazing children to work with
  • A great staff team to work alongside
  • Training and support to help your induction and development

Application Procedure

A show round of the school will be given as part of the interview process.  Please visit our school website to give you more information about the school.  If you have any specific questions about the role or school please send these to the office by email  clearly stating your phone number and availability of times to take a call before or after school hours if possible, and we will get back to you.

All applications must be made using the Hampshire application form and emailed to

We will not accept CV applications.

Bentley CE Primary School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.