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The Role of Learning Support Assistants

Our Learning Support Assistants work with our SEND and Pupil Premium pupils. We have a range of LSAs ranging from Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) to Specialist Learning Support Assistants (SLSAs). All staff have high expectations of all pupils, and use their subject knowledge to enable all pupils to achieve the learning objective in lessons. Teaching staff plan lessons to make effective use of the LSAs, therefore their impact is significant in contributing to their learning and achievement in our classrooms.


All our LSAs attend training to continue their professional development some areas that they have covered are:

  • Speech and Language
  • Precision Teaching
  • Communication in Print
  • Child Protection
  • Attention Autism
  • Variety of reading interventions


Each year group has a designated LSA with them for Literacy and numeracy in the morning. LSAs then use the afternoon to withdraw SEND pupils to carry out specific interventions either as part of a group or individually. Some examples are:

  • Nurture Group
  • Toe by Toe
  • Becontree Everyone Read Together (BERT)
  • Precision Teaching
  • Speech and Language target work
  • Maths Springboard
  • Phonics Interventions