Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship PEAK ACTIVITY SERVICES LIMITED

Could this be the perfect opportunity for you take the first step on the ladder of your teaching career? Would you like to help people learn whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification?

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Closing date: 21 Sep 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 Shifts TBC

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    60 weeks

  • Possible start date

    27 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    27 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    16 available

This apprenticeship will be challenging and will stretch you to your limits but most importantly it will be fun and exciting and will develop so many important skills for your future.

We are recruiting for apprentices for the new academic year – we’re looking for people aged 18+ for safeguarding reasons, to support learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN), many of whom demonstrate challenging behaviours.

You’ll be based at either one of our education facilities at Stoke where you’ll work alongside an Inclusive Education Practitioner (IEP) to support students on a 2:1 or 2:2 ratio.

During term time you’ll be:

  • Part of a team delivering a bespoke package of education to SEN learners on a day to day basis including basic academic subjects.
  • Regular opportunities to work in the outdoors delivering enrichment sessions (e.g., mountain biking, climbing, water sports, etc).
  • The balance of academic/outdoor activity is dependent on each learner’s capability and level of engagement.

Your IEP (who may have started their journey as an apprentice themselves) will take the lead in managing the learner’s progress and will support your development whilst you assist them in learning delivery. Our aim is that you’ll follow in their footsteps at the end of your apprenticeship programme!

Outside term time you’ll be:

  • Involved in planning and may be deployed to one of Peak’s outdoor activity centres to support (and participate in) a wide range of sporting activities.

You will need a flexible outlook and a willingness to learn new things and take on new challenges.

What we offer you:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.
  • Functional Skills Maths level 1, English level 2, ICT level 1.
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Personal learning and thinking skills.
  • The possibility of a permanent role upon completion of the apprenticeship and the opportunity to progress into an Inclusive Education Practitioner role.

Dependent on the individual you will be supporting and how often they will participate in outdoor activities, there may be an opportunity to work towards two nationally recognised outdoor activity qualifications.

We hope that you will stay with us after your apprenticeship and become one of our respected Inclusive Education Practitioners.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You will need good ICT skills.
  • Willing and able to complete all learning and assessment requirements of the relevant framework.
  • Able to establish good working relationships with staff, pupil’s parents and outside agencies.

Personal qualities

  • Be happy to commit to apprenticeship training requirements (lasting for 1 year/4 terms) which will include self-study both during and outside your working hours.
  • Be happy to commit to training for additional outdoor activity qualifications which may require you to attend outside working hours.
  • A flexible attitude and ability to communicate with young people of a variety of backgrounds.
  • You need a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the outdoors.
  • The desire to help others to learn, to motivate and to support others to recognise and achieve their potential.
  • Confident.
  • Team player.
  • Responsible.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Good time management.

Qualifications required

  • Maths and English GCSE grade A-C, ICT grade D or above (or equivalent).

Future prospects

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Full-time employment within the organisation.

Things to consider

You must be willing to undergo a DBS check. Prior to interview you are required to complete online initial assessments in Maths, English & ICT. These are called BKSB. If you’re shortlisted please print out the results and take them with you to the interview. You’ll receive an email from NST Head Office with instructions. Ability to travel to work.

About the employer

Peak Education is an independent day school providing a bespoke curriculum of education to learners with challenging behaviours who have been permanently excluded from mainstream education. Learning is both classroom based and in the outdoors and very different from the traditional school environment with each learner being managed independently according to their academic and social standing.




The Old School House

Watling Street


ST19 5PP

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Functional Skills (if required).

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by National Schools Training Ltd


Stacey Jones stacey.jones@nationalschoolstraining.co.uk

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Closing date: 21 Sep 2017