Advanced Apprentice Teaching Assistant The Garth School

Welcoming children and young people who will make every day rewarding whilst working within a supportive group of colleagues.

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Closing date: 24 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 to Friday exact shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 32.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    29 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Your duties to include:

  • Working with Individual children having special or particular needs, in accordance with the child's Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP) where appropriate and /or groups of children as directed by the teacher.
  • To provide support to the head teacher / teacher across a range of child centred activities to promote child development and learning.
  • Act in accordance with school policies and procedures and relevant legislation, particularly in relation to child protection and behaviour management.
  • Assist with the planning and preparation of activities, and in the delivery of local and national initiatives e.g. literacy and numeracy strategy.
  • Participate in the preparation of the classroom.
  • Monitor children's needs and reporting these to a designated person.
  • Keep records as required by the school.
  • Have familiarity with all relevant EHCPs specific to the child.
  • Promote development and learning (physical, emotional, educational and social).
  • Foster growth, self-esteem and independence, observe and record development.
  • Support those with special needs.
  • Carry out reasonable daily personal care/hygiene duties and administer basic first aid.
  • Assist with the movement of children in and around the school.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The post holder should have the ability to communicate effectively with children and adults must be able to empathise with children and work as part of a team.

Personal qualities

  • Energy, patience, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
  • A willingness to take on new challenges.

Qualifications required

GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) or equivalent qualifications, including English and Maths, Science and IT.

Future prospects

This position could lead to potential long term employment within our group of schools.

Things to consider

Some pupils require full support and assistance for personal care and toileting, hygiene , mobility and feeding. Some aspects of the work will bring staff into regular contact with children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties . This can be stressful. You will be required to undertake a DBS check . You will be required to attend a one hour staff meeting after work one day per week. You will have a one hour lunch break each day. If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role before you apply The Head teacher of the School Mr Richard Gammon is contactable by telephoning the school. You may also wish to be considered for a role within our other school (The Priory).

About the employer

The Spalding Special Federation comprises of The Priory and The Garth Special Schools. Both are located in Spalding. The Priory School caters for 132 pupils aged 11 to 16. Pupils at this school have moderate learning difficulties and many have Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The Garth School caters for 46 pupils all of whom have either severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Pupils at The Garth School age from 2 through to 19. Both schools have a very successful track record of innovatively meeting the needs of children with wide ranging special educational needs. The staff across both sites are hard working, experienced and highly skilled. Training and development are key to those successes and apprentices receive full access to the development packages available to all staff.


The Garth School


Pinchbeck Road


PE11 1QF

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Training provider

As this course is predominately a work placement, as an Apprentice you will spend between 30-40 hours a week in a working environment.

You will study a range of core units and will also be able to choose a range of optional units to suit your placement needs.

You will learn about the national legislation and policy that supports children in school and how to support children's learning and development. During your apprenticeship you will also received tuitions and presentations from various professionals.

Your Apprenticeship framework is made up of the following elements:

  • Maths - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved.
  • English - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved.
  • ICT - Level 1 or Level 2 is a requirement of some Apprenticeships unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved.
  • ERR - Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which includes health and safety, equality and diversity as well as employment legislation.
  • PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, which includes team working, creative thinking and reflective learning.

*Vocational Element (Knowledge) - most Apprenticeship frameworks include off-the-job study for a technical certificate which is usually done at College.

*Vocational Element (Competence) - all Apprenticeships include on-the-job training and assessment leading to a competence based vocational qualification.

*On some frameworks, the knowledge and competence elements are combined into one qualification.

As a Boston College student you will have access to new library facilities and IT equipment. A variety of food and drinks from the College coffee shop, bistro and canteen. The College also provides free parking for learners during term time and recreational activities.

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Boston College


Liz King 01205 365701

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2017