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Teaching Assistant Apprentice (SEND)

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Education and Teaching

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Company name:
Hyde Park Junior School

Company location:
Hyde Park Road Plymouth PL3 4RS

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Vacancy description


In this role you will be working as part of the whole school supporting children with SEND and under the direction of the Leaders to provide a safe, high quality education and care for young children and to maintain a stimulating and enjoyable environment.

The job involves working from instructions, but making minor decisions involving the use of
initiative. Problems are referred to a supervisor / manager. Little close supervision is necessary
beyond that provided by working arrangements and methods.

Duties for this role will include:

  • To assist with the planning of the curriculum
  • To help set up the learning environment for the daily programme and help tidy away at the end of the session, ensuring that all equipment is always clean and safe
  • To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely with parents/carers and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met
  • Advise the Early Years Leaders/Managers of any concerns regarding the welfare of the children, safeguarding, parents/carers or the safety of the equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary
  • To be aware of any special needs a child may have and to familiarise oneself with relevant play and learning plans
  • To advise children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulation
  • To attend staff meetings
  • To attend parent’s evenings
  • Supporting Children with SEN
  • One to one support
  • To attend training courses
  • To respect confidentiality and any information regarding the children, their families or other staff that is acquired as part of the job
  • To keep up to date with current good practice
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Pre-school Leaders/Managers, in accordance with the Pre-school business plans/objectives
  • To effectively communicate with parents/carers
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post

In line with corporate standards the successful candidate will always act in accordance with appropriate legislation and regulations, codes of practice, the provisions of Horizon Multi Academy Trust’s constitution and its policies and procedures. Work within the requirements of the Trust’s Health and Safety policy, performance standards, safe systems of work and procedures. Undertake all duties with due regard to the corporate equalities policy and relevant legislation.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a GCSE in English and maths at grade 4/C or above, or equivalent
  • Be committed to building and maintaining positive relationships within the early years and its community
  • Have experience of working with groups and individual children with a friendly, flexible approach
  • Be a team player with very good communication skills
  • Have the understanding to plan and develop learning opportunities for the children based on their interests.

We offer:

  • A supportive, friendly, and hardworking team
  • A Pre-school that is committed to seeing all children flourish
  • Supportive parents and governors
  • Children and staff who enjoy learning together
  • A commitment to your own professional development


Training provider



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Training to be provided

Over the 15-18-month Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, you will work towards the following:

  • Behaviours, Skills, and Knowledge
  • Level 1/2 functional skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

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.


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

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
  • Keyboarding skills required to support the use of ICT in learning activities
  • Post holder will be required to operate office equipment e.g. photocopier

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
  • Health clearance for the role

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.