Teaching Assistant (Autism Support Pod) Bexhill Academy

To assist in promoting the learning and personal/social development of pupils with special educational need (in particular but not exclusively - High Functioning Autism)

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Closing date: 15 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday

    Total hours per week: 32.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    30 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • To aid pupils to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on his/her own by, for example:
  • Clarifying and explaining instructions/expectations
  • Ensuring the pupil(s) is able to use equipment and materials provided
  • Motivating and encouraging the pupil(s) as required by providing levels of individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks as appropriate to pupils’ needs
  • Assisting in weaker areas, e.g. speech and language, behaviour, reading, spelling, numeracy, handwriting/presentation etc.
  • Using praise and facility reward systems to encourage the pupil to concentrate and stay on task.
  • Liaising with class teacher, SENCO and Manager of ASPie Facility about individual learning plans (ILPs), contributing to the planning as appropriate.
  • Liaising with subject staff to collect / deliver and return teaching materials
  • Providing additional nurture to individuals when requested by the facility teacher or Manager of ASP Facility.
  • Consistently and effectively implementing agreed behaviour management strategies.
  • Helping to make appropriate resources to support the pupil(s).
  • Meeting pupils’ physical needs while encouraging independence e.g. help with mobility around the school, physical activities around the school/within the facility.
  • To establish supportive/appropriate relationships with the pupil(s) concerned.
  • To promote the acceptance and inclusion of the pupil(s) with SEND, encouraging pupils to interact with each other in an appropriate and acceptable manner.
  • Monitor the pupil’s response to the learning activities and, where appropriate, modify or adapt the activities as agreed with the teacher to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
  • Give the pupil(s) feedback on achievements in order to reinforce and develop self-reliance and self-esteem, including marking children’s work.
  • To support the pupil(s) in developing social skills both in and out of the facility.
  • To support the use of ICT in learning activities.
  • To provide regular feedback on the pupil(s)’ learning and behaviour to the teacher/ Manager of ASP facility, including recording within ‘Student Comment Sheets’
  • Under the direction of the facility teacher/manager, support students in solo/ small group study activities.
  • When working with a group of pupils, understand and use group dynamics to promote group effectiveness and support group and individual performance.
  • To use the school’s system for recording progress.
  • Keep yourself up to date regarding individual student needs – i.e. reading their files both physical and electronic.
  • To prepare work and activities in advance of the lesson (within employed hours) e.g. operating AVA equipment as required i.e. photocopier, laminator, making books, labels, signs and undertaking practical tasks to maintain a good standard of facility appearance.
  • To know and apply school policies on Child Protection, Health and Safety, Behaviour, Teaching and Learning, Equal Opportunities etc.
  • Where appropriate and directed to do so, develop a relationship to foster links between home and school, and to keep the school informed of relevant information.
  • To be aware of confidential issues linked to home/pupil/teacher/school.
  • To contribute towards reviews of pupil(s)’ progress as appropriate.
  • To comply with legal and organisational requirements for maintaining the health, safety and security of yourself and others in the learning environment.
  • To take part in training activities offered by the school/facility and the county to further knowledge (within employed hours).
  • To be willing to support break time supervision e.g. educational games etc.(within employed hours).
  • To accompany teacher and pupils on educational visits.
  • To help keep facility rooms tidy and encourage students to do so.
  • Maintain display boards within facility under direct/request from Manager of ASP Facility.
  • To carry out the above duties in accordance with the Children’s Services Equal Opportunities Policy.

Standards and Quality Assurance

  1. Support the aims and ethos of the school.
  2. Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance.
  3. Attend and contribute to team and TA meetings.

Requirements and prospects

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.

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.

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 young people willing to achieve a qualification in Functional Skills (English, Maths & ICT) at Levels 1 & 2.

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.

Things to consider

• Are you confident working with pupils with range of needs? • Are you prepared to work hard? • Can you get to work for 8.30 am start? • Are you resilient, empathetic, supportive and patient? 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).

About the employer

Bexhill Academy is a vibrant and thriving school at the heart of its community. Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make on their behalf. At Bexhill Academy we aim not only to match parents’ expectations of what an excellent school should offer their child, but to exceed them.


Bexhill Academy


Bexhill On Sea

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools
  • Level 2 Functional skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional skills in Maths
  • Level 1 Functional skills in ICT

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by YOUTH FORCE LIMITED


Cara Noonan 01273776779 cara.noonan@youthforce.co.uk

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Oct 2017