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FE college Learning Support Interview

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Helenagrace Mon 04-Feb-13 17:48:19

I have an interview for a Learning Support role in an FE college. I have no direct relevant experience but I am a trained youth and family mediator and I've assessed NVQ health care students in a previous life. I've also been a chair of governors in a primary school.

I'm preparing for questions
on safeguarding, conflict and confidentiality. I expect I'll get a behaviour question - I presume there won't be any behaviour and like in primary?

I'm assuming they'll want me to know a bit about special needs and maybe EAL?

Anything else?

One final question if an activity in class needs adapting to take account of a student's IEP would it be down to the teacher or the LSA to do the adapting?

Please help me. I know I'm mad but I think I want to teach and this could be my first step grin.

Helenagrace Mon 04-Feb-13 17:49:10

Behaviour plans not behaviour and.

I can write honestly!

Helenagrace Tue 05-Feb-13 20:18:32

Hopeful bump.

Francescarose Tue 05-Feb-13 22:22:31

I don't have any helpful advice myself I'm afraid but perhaps the forums on the Times Educational Supplement website would be of use? There must be people on there who have had similar interviews.

Good luck!

claricestar Wed 06-Feb-13 20:41:37

FE lecturer and ex FE learning support here!
your background sounds fine, especially the mediating stuff. A lot of the behaviour management at this level is about diplomacy, negotiation and keeping students "on side"! Colleges are very big on keeping students on their courses (for funding) support for students is very important. Look up Functional Skills, Child Protection, Equality and Diversity. An awareness of SEN such as dyslexia and autism would be useful too, and knowledge of what an Individual Learning Plan is. LS staff are involved in target setting at my college but it is down to the tutor to plan differentiation in lessons.
You may be asked to support learners across a range of courses from Foundation level through to Level 3. If you have any specialist skills or knowledge you may be assigned to a particular subject area.
Good luck!

WildThong Wed 06-Feb-13 20:47:36

My dsis is taking a Learner Support course just now.
this is one of the modules if it is of any help to you?

Helenagrace Wed 06-Feb-13 21:52:56

Oooh thank you for those responses. I'll look up those things.

Thanks for the vote of confidence on the mediation too. I wasn't sure if they'd see it as relevant.

Helenagrace Thu 14-Feb-13 07:29:44

Thanks for your help. I got the job grin

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