Learning Support Assistant

Learning Support Assistant


Location: HMP Spring Hill, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0TL
16.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Monday 8am – 5pm (45 Min lunch), Tuesday 8am – 5pm (45 Min lunch)
Flexible Working:
We welcome applications from those seeking flexible or part time hours
Up to £21,522 per annum (Subject to experience)

             Up to £9,469 pro rata
Development opportunities are available through Apprenticeship standards
Reporting To:
Education Manager
Closing Date for Applications:



Milton Keynes College have an exciting opportunity for an Learning Support Assistant to join our Prison Education team at HMP Spring Hill. As a successful Learning Support Assistant, you will provide inspirational learning support to small groups of learners and on a 1:1 basis. This will require a holistic approach to highlight specific learning needs and improving learner skills. Your focus will be on Maths and English, leading to  employability outcomes, with effective target setting to meet individual needs.

You will be a passionate, creative and empathetic towards our learners and be able to offer knowledge and guidance to our learners.

As a Learning Support Assistant, you will be working across the whole prison estate, on all wings where education is delivered.

MK College will treat all applicants fairly and with respect, irrespective of their background, disability or any other individual characteristic. We particularly encourage applications from people with backgrounds which are currently under-represented within Milton Keynes College.  All offers made to successful candidates are subject to satisfactory outcomes to a range of pre-employment checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).   In addition, security clearance is required for all prison services positions up to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level.


  • 25 days annual leave, 3 additional days leave for Christmas to New Year closure and UK Bank Holidays (entitlement will be pro-rated for part-time employees)
  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • Professional development opportunities, including professional qualifications
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) accessible 24 hours per day, 365 days per year
  • A variety of amazing discounts with NUS Card
  • Employee wellbeing platform with options to book free activities


HMP Grendon is a unique Therapeutic Category B national prison housing approximately 220 long term, prolific (re)offending adult males. 

The Education Department works closely with our prison colleagues to deliver relevant long courses that help prepare learners for employment and positive community living upon release.  Courses include: English and Maths Functional Skills (Entry 1 to Level 2), IT, Business, Barista, Horticulture, Cleaning, Personal Social Development skills and Family/Parenting. Education runs 4 afternoons (Mon – Thurs) from 13:45- 16:45. During the mornings the men are involved in therapy work with a wide team of clinical and officer staff on the wings.

HMP Spring Hill is an Open Category D (resettlement) prison, housing approximately 320 male prisoners who are at the end of their custodial sentence and working towards resettlement. Residents at Spring Hill are considered low risk and are well underway with rehabilitation and resettlement. Courses at Spring Hill are as above, with additional vocational courses such as Carpentry, Plumbing, Professional Cookery, Customer Service and Bookkeeping and CSCS. Education runs from 8:30 – 11:30 Monday to Friday and 13:00 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday.

** For further information about this opportunity, please refer to the attached document.