1:1 Learning Support Assistant

job specification


£19,000 per annum pro-rata (£16,519 actual)

Job Term:

Permanent, Term Time Only (40 weeks per year, two weeks to be worked flexibly)

Start Date:

February, 2022




The Outdoors Group

Closing Date:



The Outdoors School South Brent Site (may also be required to travel between sites)

About the outdoors group

The Outdoors Group School is an Independent Special School that is based solely outside in a woodland setting for learners with SEMH and ASD needs. We believe in developing the whole learner, not just their academic ability. We use a project-based method, allowing the learner to be completely autonomous, whilst contributing to a well-rounded education based on skills for lifelong learning and personal development.

The school caters for KS2 and KS3 learners (ages 7-14) and aims to provide a space for learners to develop skill sets and a growth mindset that they have been unable to in previous settings. We are currently going through the process of applying to extend ou provision to include KS4. We work closely with learners’ support networks, both professional and familial and try to create a holistic and engaging place for learners to grow.

The Outdoors School opened in September 2019 and due to its successes, we are increasing learner numbers and adding extra sites and therefore looking for more people to join our team.

We are looking for 1:1 Learning Support Assistants who will work closely with the other members of their team, to deliver learner centred learning opportunities, ensuring they differentiate lesson plans and schemes of work to apply to the individual needs of their learners.

If you are interested in joining our motivated team to work in an innovative setting, in the outdoors, we look forward to receiving your application.

This post requires a DBS & PRICE Training. (PRICE Training is provided as part of the induction process)

For further information about the role please view the full job specification which can be found on our website here: https://www.outdoorsgroup.co.uk/work-with-us/

If you want to discuss the role please email [email protected]

To apply for this role you will need to complete our application form which is available on our website here: https://www.outdoorsgroup.co.uk/application-for-employment/

job description

Under the direction of the curriculum staff, 1:1 Support Assistants will work with an assigned caseload of learners on a 1:1 basis ensuring learners can access our specialist curriculum.

Roles and responsibilities 

  • Provide excellent behaviour management support skills to support learners who display behaviours that challenge
  • Work under the direction of the curriculum staff to support learning and development of outdoor learning skills
  • To support the delivery of projects to extend pupils learning in line with the school curriculum and ethos
  • Work with other staff and specialists to engage learners creatively and effectively
  • To be responsible for the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children.
  • To be a team player and contribute within your own capabilities towards the School ethos
  • The post-holder may from time to time be required to carry out other duties commensurate with the role
  • Engage in staff supervision and appraisal process
  • Engage in critical reflective practice and participate in CPD opportunities, developing and sharing ideas and best practice for training and delivery.
  • Ensure that learners experience a supportive and positive staff team at all times
  • Ensure that you play alongside learners for at least two hours a week to experience a supportive and positive place of learning for all


The 1:1 support role is an innovative role where you will work with learners and staff to support the delivery of sessions that aim to support learners creatively, with responsibility, and instil a sense of challenge and growth mindset for learning and life.

The sessions are based around outdoor activities, team building and problem-solving challenges that will extend into qualifications as learners progress through the school.

Training and development will be key, and the right candidate should be actively engaged in further training to ensure the best offer for learners is available.

This post requires a DBS check.

The Outdoors Group believe in supporting and nurturing all employees and you would therefore be expected to participate and engage with our bespoke Company CPD programs to meet the needs of your job role and enable you to grow with the organisation.

Please note that all employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in their job description.

This job description is current at the date shown, but in consultation with you, may be amended by your line manager to reflect or anticipate changes in the job role.

person specification

Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Knowledge and understanding of autism and PDA profiles
  • Knowledge of literacy and/or numeracy intervention packages
  • Creativity and versatility, engaging learners by creating resources and using identified strategies to support their needs
  • Reflective and responsive to the needs of learners, recognising potential barriers to learning and seeking to overcome these
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)



  •  Recent experience of working with Primary or Secondary learners with SEMH difficulties and ASD/PDA
  • Knowledge of behaviour intervention and support practices
  • Experience of working with learners with challenging behaviour outdoors
  • Knowledge of inter-agency working.
  • Previous experience working within outdoor education or Forest School settings

Personal Qualities


  • Resilience to working outdoors in all weathers
  • Demonstrate a commitment and passion for the forest school ethos
  • High expectations of children and a desire to ensure they reach their full potential
  • Enthusiasm and drive for improvement
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team
  • Commitment to improving outcomes for children and families
  • Commitment to safeguarding and safe practice
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities


  • Sense of humour
  • Forward-thinking

Qualifications & Training


  • 5 GCSE’s grade A-C or equivalent
  • Willingness to undergo training the organisation feels is appropriate



  • Outdoor, Adventure or Forest School specific Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • Forest School Leader Level 3

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