Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship - Level 2 WELLSPRING ACADEMY TRUST

Wellspring Academy Trust is a growing Multi-Academy Trust with thirteen Academies and five Free Schools in pre-opening. We are committed to making a difference to the lives and life chances of the young people and the communities we serve.

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Closing date: 27 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Monday -Friday 8:30am-4:00pm

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    23 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

Vacancies are available in the following schools:

Forest Academy, Oakwell Rise Primary, Oakhill Academy

We are an education charity with Academies in the Primary, Special and Alternative Education sectors, working with students with challenging behaviour and Social Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH).  As such, we work with some of the most challenging young people in the system.

As the Trust continues to grow our roles offer pathways for ambitious and dynamic individuals who are determined to make a difference. We value our people,collegial working at all levels is central to our physiology. High quality induction training and ongoing professional development support are guaranteed. There will be a broad range of opportunities for you to realise your professional vision and ambitions within the Trust.

Purpose of the job:

  • To work under the direct instruction of teaching/senior staff or appropriate Teaching Assistant Staff. To undertake work/care/support programmes to enable access to learning for pupils to assist the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area.
  • Provide general support in a specific curricula/resource area, including preparation, and maintenance of resources and support to staff and pupils.

Key areas:

  • Support for pupils.
  • Support for teachers.
  • Support for the curriculum.
  • Support for the school.

Duties and responsibilities:

 Support for pupils:

  • 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 andresponding 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.
  • Support pupils in accessing learning activities as directed by the teacher.

Support for the teacher:

  • Prepare the classroom as directed for lessons and clear afterwards and assist with the display of pupils work.
  • Be aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher as agreed.
  • Undertake pupil record keeping as requested and other basic record keeping.
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate.
  • Gather/report information from/to parents/carers as directed.
  • Provide clerical/administrative support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting/recording money etc.
  • Ensure the maintenance of a clean and orderly working environment.
  • Timely and accurate preparation of routine equipment/resources/materials as set out in instructions.
  • Assist the teacher with learning activities ensuring health and safety and good behaviour of pupils.

Support for the curriculum:

  • Support pupils to understand instructions.
  • Support pupils in respect of local and national learning strategies, e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3,early years, as directed by the teacher.
  • Support pupils in using basic ICT as directed.
  • Prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use.
  • Monitor and arrange orderly and secure storage of supplies.
  • Operation of every day equipment in accordance with instructions.
  • Maintenance of every day equipment, check for quality/safety.
  • Undertake simple repairs and report other damages.

Support for the school:

  • 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.


  • To undertake any other duties, commensurate within the grade, at  the discretion of the Headteacher.
  • Be familiar and comply with all relevant Health and Safety, Operational, Personnel, Child Protection, Data Protection and Financial Regulations, policies and procedures.
  • To develop and promote high standards throughout Barnsley Children, Young People and Families Service.


  • Ensure equality of opportunity is afforded to all persons both internal and external to the authority, actively seeking to eliminate any direct or indirect discriminatory practices/behaviour.
  • Contribute to overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  • Attend relevant meetings and participate as required.
  • Participate in development and other learning activities and performance development  opportunities as required.
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes, e.g. clubs, extra curriculum activities.
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required.

Apprentices must show commitment to the following:

  • To achieve apprentice framework (Key Skills, NVQ and Technical Certificate) within the specified time frame.
  • Attend the apprenticeship induction programme.
  • Attend all of the training sessions for the programme whenever necessary.
  • Undertake any other required development work as part of the apprenticeship programme as requested.
  • Any other duties as deemed appropriate by senior staff.
  • To complete training assignments and maintain a student portfolio, which will be assessed by an assessor.
  • Framework.

Apprenticeship starts throughout the year and are open to any age of candidate.

It is important that qualifications are listed on your application no matter what the grade, as your application is sifted and sent to the employer based on meeting the Employers Vacancy Criteria.

Please log into NAS  (National Apprenticeship Service) on a regular basis and look at the “Read Feedback” section against each individual application

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

We are interested in hearing from people who:

  • Are creative, imaginative, committed and passionate about learning.
  • Can lead and inspire others.
  • Have a commitment to working with children and young people with challenging behaviour.
  • We are seeking to appoint four inspiring individuals across the three schools who would relish the opportunity to join our team and be part of the driving force in our exciting, challenging and rewarding journey.
  • Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier.

Personal qualities

The successful candidate will:

  • Be committed to supporting school improvements - building on the fantastic practice we currently have.
  • To support staff with the progress of raising standards for all children.
  • Have high expectations of themselves and children.
  • Consider themselves to be professional, enthusiastic and creative.
  • Be committed to working within a co-operative ethos at all times.
  • Work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these.
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults.

Qualifications required

  • 2  GCSEs in English and Maths Grade A to C or equivalent (e.g. level 2 Adult literacy and Numeracy)
  • Appropriate knowledge of first aid, willingness to undertake first aid training


  • Relevant work experience within a school.

Future prospects

Possible progression on to advanced level apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Please send your updated CV to r.schofield@barnsley.ac.uk If you require help with putting together a CV or Interview skills, please contact: 01226 216 123 for our FREE Workshops. Please provide a mobile telephone number on your application, if successful, an invitation via text message will be sent to you, to attend college for approval on the apprenticeship programme. It is essential you attend this interview to process in full your application to the employer. Please note that certificates showing acquired qualifications are required as part of your application, please bring with you the following information to your approval meeting at college: • Photographic proof of ID • Qualification certificates • National Insurance Number • Updated CV Please ensure travel to this employer's location is realistic and something you could commit to.

About the employer

Our aim is to support schools through collaboration. We ensure that our members are able to provide an excellent education for the children they serve. We believe in freeing teachers and leaders to concentrate on providing the very best teaching, learning, support and development that every child deserves. Our Aims Our Trust aims for all its schools to become outstanding schools under the OFSTED definition of the day Our Trust aims to improve outcomes and life chances for the young people in its schools Our Trust aims to impact positively upon the communities that are served by its schools Our Trust aims to increase its influence in Yorkshire and the Humber region Our Trust aims to contribute to system-wide improvement in education. Our Vision Our vision is to provide a sustainably outstanding school experience for all. Our schools inspire innovation, creativity and aspiration for life. Our schools share a climate of high expectation and high aspiration for each pupil. High levels of support are matched with appropriate challenge to ensure that every pupil gets the maximum from school. Our young people are confident individuals, responsible citizens and successful learners. Our educational vision is one of inclusive, high achieving, community schools and a community of schools in which pupils thrive and which provide Value Added for the communities they serve.




Doncaster Road


S70 1TS

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Training provider

  • Delivery to be completed onsite and day release at Barnsley College.
  • Student to complete an intermediate technical certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning.
  • Level 2 qualification.

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Barnsley College


Rachelle Schofield 01226 216 166 r.schofield@barnsley.ac.uk

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Closing date: 27 Aug 2017