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Specialist 1:1 Study Skills Support (SpLD) Full Time

at First Class Support London in London (Published at 21-12-2020)

First Class Support provides academic support to students in receipt of disabled student allowance (DSA). We pride ourselves on only employing first class support specialists that are passionate about making a difference to the lives of people studying higher education courses across the UK.

Due to continued expansion, we are looking to galvanise our team of highly qualified and experienced specialist support staff. Therefore applicant competition will be potentially tough, so only the best need apply.

This role is based in Bedford.

To address the issues which some students might have in acquiring, recalling and retaining information in written and spoken language as well as the range of memory, organisational, attention and numeracy difficulties that students with specific learning difficulties often face when working in an HE context.

These difficulties may have been identified already but they may only become evident when a student faces the academic challenges of HE work.

Your support should aim to develop students? skills for autonomy in the learning environment. It should be tailored to a student?s individual needs and you will use your professionalism and experience to deliver support where clear goals and timescales are of paramount importance. Often, students will require ongoing support throughout their course; others might require less support as the course continues; while some students might need additional support as the demands of their course intensify.

It is likely that students receiving your support will be dyslexic and/or have other specific learning difficulties including autism. In these instances you will need to demonstrate specific experience of working with students with these disabilities.

Your Skills: You will have substantial experience of working with students with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties on a one to one basis. You will similarly demonstrate an in depth understanding of the effects of specific learning difficulties on language and learning in an HE context, and, when working with students with other disabilities, an in depth knowledge of how these disabilities affect particular areas of learning.

You will possess an awareness of the strengths which students with specific learning difficulties can bring to a learning situation, and the skills to help students to make use of these strengths and overcome barriers to learning.

Your qualifications/training (SpLD)*: You will educated to degree level (2:1 or above only), and hold a teaching qualification. Those working with students with Specific Learning Difficulties, a recognised specialist Students with SpLD qualification is also required with evidence that you also hold a full or associate professional membership at an SpLD body, including: PATOSS, BDA, ADSHE or Dyslexia Guild.

First Class Commitment To Our Staff

For this specific role, successful applicants will receive:

£30.00 per hour

Ongoing training and professional development

Invitations to attend seminars

A photographic ID card

A personalised @firstclass email address

A new DBS check

PI insurance, provided by First Class Support

Support worker prizes (when nominated by students)

Flexible working patterns

Opportunities for progression

Additional Information:

The working hours vary according to the needs of the student and the number of students you will be allocated. All support workers are currently paid on a self-employed basis whereby they are responsible for paying their own NI contributions and tax. All First Class employees must be able to receive emails and phone calls when on location. Only the most experienced and qualified support workers will be selected for interview. We are looking for fresh and engaging staff to alter the dynamics of NMH in a positive and objective way.

We are looking for people to bring something exciting to the company as well as their credentials.

This recruitment campaign is aimed at supporting students during the academic year and immediate work is available, depending on availability and location.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Salary: £30.00 per hour


  • one to one tuition: 1 year (Required)


  • Bachelor’s (Required)


  • Bedford, Bedfordshire (Preferred)


  • ADSHE Membership (Required)
  • Dyslexia Guild Membership (Required)
  • BDA Membership (Required)
  • PATOSS Membership (Required)

Work remotely:

  • No

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