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SpLD Support and Assessment Specialist

To be responsible for assessing students including those who may require exam concessions and for the delivery of 1:1 and small group support provision for students who have disclosed or been identified as having a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

To ensure that the service directly contributes to positive learner outcomes, improved success rates, increased employability and appropriate progression for every student who uses the service, both those with and without SpLD.

To ensure quality provision in line with College Quality Assurance procedures.

Craven College
Date Posted:
March 12, 2024
Post No.
Rate of pay
APT & C Scale SO2 (points 32 – 33) £29,935 - £30,831 per annum, pro rata £15,403 - £15,864 per annum
22 hours per week, 40 working weeks per year, term time only
Responsible to
SpLD, Study Skills Support and Assessment Coordinator
Closing Date
March 24, 2024 23:59
Special Conditions

Fixed term until 12th July 2024.

A full enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure & Barring Service will be required for this post.

Key Duties

This job description is a guide to the duties you will be expected to perform immediately on your appointment. These may change in the future in line with the strategic direction and development of the College.

·       To work with Students across all curriculum types and delivery to discern need, negotiate targets, plan, deliver and review personalised learning strategies to enable them to successfully complete their chosen course of study and to gain the skills necessary to progress to the next level of study, work or independence;

·       To develop and design innovative materials and resources that engage students, support learning and development; To plan and deliver a range and variety of learning approaches related to SpLD, Study Skills and literacy and numeracy needs;

·       To carry out screening, interview and assessment of students with possible SpLDs – in particular maintain full knowledge of, and the ability to administer the latest assessment methodologies;

·       To complete assessments and processes required to ensure exam access arrangements for eligible learners with SpLDs;

·       To advise and, where appropriate, complete full diagnostic assessments for learners moving to HE provision;

·       To assist the SPLD Coordinator to develop and design the College SpLD VLE;

·       To research, develop, source and implement assistive technology support available at Craven College;

·       To assist the SPLD Coordinator to meet the demands of Quality Assurance within FE to include co-ordination of relevant documentation, meeting key performance indicators and targets, implementing and reviewing action plans, and collate data to measure the impact of SpLD provision;

·       To take responsibility for the timely and accurate completion of appropriate documentation, administrative procedures and individual support records to meet the requirements of the College and external bodies including submission within e-ILPs;

·       To assist the SPLD Coordinator to collate learner files to include referral, form, exam board approvals and evidence in preparation for JCQ inspection;

·       To maintain close contact with all Schools to ensure that students with support needs are sufficiently supported and monitored and that teaching and learning strategies are appropriately shared across all staff delivering and supporting within curriculum across all elements of the study programme, e.g English and Maths tutors;

·       To contribute to statutory annual reviews or other related meetings, such as Looked After Child (LAC) reviews, regarding students with SEN, which may involve reviewing Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans;

·       To liaise effectively with students, parents, guardians, other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and educational psychologists;

·       To attend and deliver on-going cross college staff development and awareness programmes;

·       To keep up to date with new developments in the area of SpLD tuition and respond positively to government initiatives and changes in the area;

·       To ensure that interaction with students is inclusive, fosters good relations between different groups of people, pays attention to specific needs identified through assessment, and being mindful of cultural or gender differences;

·       To participate in the College’s Appraisal scheme and undertake professional updating/staff development as required to meet the needs of the Division and College;

·       To be fully conversant with the College’s Equality and Diversity aims and objectives; and take appropriate positive action in the promotion and delivery of Equality & Diversity targets:

·       To be fully conversant with and implement the College’s range of safeguarding policies and procedures, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all students and staff;

·       Any other duties commensurate with grade and status as may reasonably be requested.

Person Specific


·       Excellent Coaching and mentoring skills, preferably supported by a relevant qualification
·       Experience of supporting students with the following disabilities:

o   Dyslexia
o   Learning difficulties (mild to severe)
o   Emotional and behavioural difficulties

·       Practical experience in delivering SPLD assessments in different contexts
·       Experience of liaising effectively with schools, members of the public, parents, external agencies and employers
·       Good standard of computer literacy and the ability to utilise and develop ILT and software in order to promote inclusivity through assistive technology
·       To plan and deliver a range and variety of learning approaches related to SpLD, Study Skills and literacy and numeracy needs

·       Up to date knowledge of the latest SPLD assessment technologies
·       Up to date knowledge of the latest assistive support technologies
·       Sound theoretical understanding of the nature of dyslexia and related specific learning difficulties e.g ADHD, Dyspraxia
·       Ability to deal with personal information in a confidential and sensitive manner and take responsibility for case notes
·       Recognition of appropriate quality standards and procedures linked to an ability to meet key performance targets

·       Recognised   Dyslexia     Qualification      e.g     PATOSS/RSA     Dyslexia Diploma or Certificate
·       Degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant subject area
·       Possess an Assessment Practicing Certificate – or be willing to work towards 

·       Excellent interpersonal skills
·       Good problem solving skills
·       Interest and understanding of current educational initiatives
·       Willing to undertake professional development linked to the needs of the College


·       Current teaching qualification to Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training/PGCE/Cert Ed (or working towards);
·       Ability to travel

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