Teaching Assistant Apprentice

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Education and Teaching

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Knowle Primary School

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In this role you will be working under the direction of teachers and senior staff to provide safe, high quality education and care for young children and to maintain a stimulating and enjoyable environment. Under the overall direction of the headteacher you will play a major role in formulating the aims and objectives of the school and establishing the policies through which they are to be achieved. You will carry out all the professional duties of a Teaching Assistant as required, take responsibility for child protection issues as appropriate and take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school. You will need to be committed and driven to want the very best from every child and be outstanding member of our school community.

Duties for this role will include:

  • Attend to the pupils’ personal needs, and implement related personal programmes including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters
  • Supervise and support pupils ensuring their safety and access to learning
  • Establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Encourage pupils to act independently as appropriate
  • Prepare classroom as directed for lessons and clear afterwards and assist with the display of children’s work
  • Be aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher as agreed
  • Undertake pupil record keeping as requested
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate
  • Gather/report information from/to parents/carers as directed
  • Provide clerical/admin support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money etc.
  • Support and educate children on all elements of the school curriculum
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times including before and after school and at lunchtimes
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required

General requirements for this role include:

  • Adaptable, imaginative, creative and flexible in approach to the work
  • To support with the running of breakfast club, morning club and the walking bus
  • Self-motivating and the ability to identify your own training needs and a willingness to attend relevant training courses or other training
  • Prepared to attend meetings outside of school hours
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young and vulnerable people that you are responsible for or come into contact with
  • To comply with individual responsibilities, in accordance with the role, for health and safety in the workplace
  • Ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the School’s Equal Opportunities Policy
  • The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment
  • To ensure compliance of Data Protection at all times
  • The duties above are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required by the Headteacher to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job, skills and grade


Over the 15-18 month apprenticeship, you will work towards the following:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard
  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 2 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)

You will have regular visits at the workplace from a designated College assessor to observe your progress and competence in the role you are carrying out.

Qualities and skills:

Desired skills

  • Previous experience of working with young children
  • Ability to work as part of a team and use own initiative
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of people
  • Effective written and oral communication skills required to liaise with pupils, other staff, parents and outside agencies and professionals

Personal qualities

  • Willingness to learn and develop one’s own skills and knowledge
  • Commitment to diversity and equal opportunities
  • Commitment to young children and families
  • A friendly, flexible approach

Desired qualifications

  • Have a GCSE in English & maths at grade 4/C or above, or equivalent
  • Suitability to work with young children (an enhanced DBS check will be performed prior to you starting the role)


There may be the potential for full time employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, for the right candidate.