In your role as a Teaching Assistant Apprentice, you will play a pivotal role in the development of positive educational experiences for children with a range of abilities in the school setting. You will be placed in a Key Stage 1 (5-7 years old) or Key Stage 2 (7-11 years old) classroom.
Support for Pupils:
- Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
- Establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs.
- Assist with the development and implementation of personalised learning plans for targeted children, Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes.
- Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils.
- Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.
- Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence, and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance.
- Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher.
- Deliver pastoral and learning support.
- Read with individual children and groups and complete reading records as directed by the class teacher.
- Attend to pupils’ personal needs, including intimate care, and implement related personal programmes including, social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters.
Support for the Teacher:
- Prepare classroom as directed for lessons, clear afterwards and maintain stimulating displays of pupils work.
- Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support pupils to achieve learning goals.
- Contribute to effective assessment and planning by supporting the monitoring, recording and reporting of pupil progress.
- Undertake marking of pupils’ work and accurately record achievement / progress.
- Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate and use behaviour management strategies consistently in line with the school policy.
- Work within an agreed system of supervision with small groups of children and take responsibility for their learning.
- Gather/report information from and to parents/carers as directed.
- Provide clerical/admin support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money etc.
- Contribute to parent meetings as appropriate.
Support for the Curriculum:
- Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses.
- Support pupils in using basic ICT as directed.
- Prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use.
Support for the School:
- Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
- Be aware of and support differences 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, parents and carers by liaising effectively and working in partnership with them.
- Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
- Participate in training and other learning activities.
- Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes.
- Assist in the general care of the school environment by undertaking tidying of general areas.
- Contribute to agency and professional meetings as appropriate.
- Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher.
- Promote equal opportunities at all times.
Training to be provided
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools
If you haven’t already achieved a C or above in Maths, English and ICT at GCSE level you will be required to complete;
- Level 2 Functional skills in English
- Level 1 Functional skills in Maths
- Level 1 Functional skills in ICT
- Pro-active/initiative taking
- Hard working
- Able to build relationship with children
- Good communicator
- Clear English grammar
- Quick learner
The preferred candidate will have finished their GCSE or other skills qualifications in English and Maths, though consideration will be given to highly-motivated young people willing to achieve a qualification in Functional Skills (English, Maths & ICT) at Levels 1 & 2.
- A level of maturity commensurate with working in a school classroom environment will be required.
- Motivated by making a difference to children’s learning & development
- Willing to learn and professionally develop
- Committed to self-development
- Does what they say they will do when they make a commitment – i.e. show up on time and not let people down
- Values and respects others
- Effective communicator – good listener, sincere and able to win people over
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Confident to take the lead when appropriate
- Flexible and adaptable
- Committed to collective success
- Socially adept
- Creative and innovative
The Intermediate Level Apprenticeship provides individuals with a sound knowledge base that can support them in undertaking further learning and development of their careers in youth work and related areas. These include:
- Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Play work or Youth work for those wishing to transfer to other areas working with children and young people.
This pathway also offers the participant a doorway into the teaching profession, offering the chance to work in a variety of educational settings with children of all ages. The experience gained from this apprenticeship in the practical teaching environment is invaluable.