Teaching Assistant with a Sport Element Apprenticeship

Overview Details Apply

Sector:
Education and Teaching

Number of vacancies:
1

Company name:
Elburton Primary School

Company location:
Haye Road South, Plymouth, PL9 8HJ

Salary per week:
£124.50

Hours:
Monday to Friday, working between 8:45am and 4:30pm. Hours may change slightly to assist with breakfast clubs and after school clubs. Total hours per week: 30.00

Duties:

Horizon Multi Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic and committed Teaching Assistant to join our dedicated Stepping Stones team at Elburton Primary Academy. Working as part of the team you will support high quality learning and provision, with a focus on sport.

In this role you will be working as part of the Early Years team 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. You will be supporting lunchtime clubs and after school activities and also be supporting PE within the school, a passion for sport is a must.

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 support staff with PE, lunchtime clubs and afterschool activities
  • 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 clean and safe at all times.
  • 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
  • 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 act at all times 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 passion for sport and physical fitness
  • 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:

Over the 15 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
  • 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:

  • Passion for sport
  • Good physical fitness
  • 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)

Prospects:

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

Other info:

  • This role has a focus on assisting with PE and activities so a passion for sport and good physical fitness is a must
  • Post holder mainly operates within playroom/classroom based conditions and there is regular background noise
  • There may be some exposure to environmental conditions when supervising pupils/students outside at lunchtime and during off-site activities and school trips.
  • There may be the need to deal with bodily fluids when providing personal care to pupils
  • Post holder will be subject to occasional exposure to pupils exhibiting difficult and challenging behaviour and who are angry or upset
  • Some lifting, stretching and physical effort required for the preparation of the classroom/playroom for lessons and clearing away afterwards
  • Post holder will periodically be required to assist with the display of pupils’ work which may involve considerable physical effort
  • Post holder will be required to concentrate for most of the morning or afternoon whilst observing and assisting the pupils during lessons
  • There may be occasional emotional stress experienced through exposure to difficult child protection/welfare issues which may cause the child to become angry or upset