Teaching Assistant Apprentice – Polegate School

Vacancy description

In your role as a Teaching Assistant Apprentice, you will play a pivotal role in the development of positive educational experiences for students with a range of needs in the school setting. Working with the support of qualified teaching and support staff you will be expected to contribute in the following areas among others:

Support for Pupils

  • Support learning of small groups or individuals with a range of needs
  • Help with the care and support of students;
  • Contribute to the health and well-being of students;
  • Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with individual students and groups;
  • Be an effective model for student behaviour.

Support for the Tutor

  • Assist with classroom resources & Lesson Preparation
  • Contribute to the management of students’ behaviour, both in the classroom and external areas, as required
  • Provide support for learning activities
  • Support the use of ICT in the classroom
  • Assist in the maintenance of a safe environment for students and staff
  • Assist in the presentation of display materials
  • Support teaching staff or senior colleagues with routine administration

Support for the School

  • Monitor effective working relationships with colleagues and parents
  • Contribute to the maintenance of student safety and security
  • Review and develop their own professional practice
  • Recognise confidentiality, child protection procedures, Health & Safety, and the policies of the Governing Body
  • Be involved in extra curricular activities, (e.g. clubs, activities, trips, open days, presentation evenings)
  • Assist with special activities in the school within school hours (e.g. sports days, plays, concerts, open days)

Applications are sought from individuals with a conscientious and caring nature who seek to support students with a range of needs.

Future prospects

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:

  • Advanced Level 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.

Desired skills

  • Good Literacy and Numeracy skills,
  • Good organisational skills,
  • Strong communication skills,
  • Ability to work off of own initiative and also as part of a team

Qualifications required

The preferred candidate will have finished their GCSE or other skills qualifications in English and Maths, though consideration will be given to highly-motivated people willing to achieve a qualification in Functional Skills (English, Maths, and ICT) at Levels 1 and 2.

Personal qualities

  • 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 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

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
east-sussex|
30 mon - fri|
3.50 per hour