Apprentice Teaching Assistant Dean Barwick Primary School

Working as an Apprentice Teaching Assistant in our EYFS/KS1 groups, you will support teachers and pupils in the classroom and become an integral part of the school team, supporting staff in preparing for lessons/activities and helping create a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all our pupils.

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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

    35 hours per week to be arranged within the school day 8am-5:30pm 190 working days (including INSET).

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Your role will complement the professional work of teachers by supporting learning activities, in line with Dean Barwick School policies and guidance. This may involve supporting learning activities for individuals, groups or whole classes. It will involve supporting assessment, recording and reporting on achievement, behaviour for learning, progress and development.

All of the below will be carried out under the guidance of experienced school practitioners:

  • Develop good relationships with all of the children (ranging from 3 years to 11 years).
  • Learn skills to be a Teaching Assistant.
  • Model appropriate positive behaviour.
  • Work with small groups or individuals following the teacher’s planning / direction.
  • Supervise small groups indoors and outdoors.
  • Make observations and assessments of the children and feedback to the class teacher.
  • Keep any information discussed in school confidential.
  • Follow the Child Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Support children at lunchtimes including encouraging good table manners and healthy eating.
  • Support learning and care provision in the Extended Service Clubs including preparing snack, leading play activities (indoors and outdoors) and communicating with parents.
  • Organise and deliver lunchtime and Early Risers activities.
  • To be a reliable member of the team.
  • Help to make a stimulating environment for the children indoors and outdoors.
  • Have a professional attitude to all work and other members of staff.
  • Drive own development by actively participating in mentor sessions.
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach showing initiative and resilience to complete tasks.
  • Support teacher’s administration duties including photocopying, organising / making resources and mailing.
  • Help on school visits / outdoor adventurous activities and follow risk assessments.
  • Take part in school training.
  • Complete all coursework as required.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent communication, enthusiasm and professionalism will be key in supporting all pupils to progress and achieve their potential.
  • Demonstrate a proactive and positive approach showing initiative and resilience to complete tasks.
  • Have excellent IT skills
  • Good interpersonal skills with all adults in school
  • Drive to develop own skills
  • Ability to work as part of a small team
  • Maintain a professional image at all times
  • Have a mature approach to studying
  • Punctuality and reliability

Personal qualities

  • You will embrace the ethos of our school.
  • You will have a happy and enthusiastic demeanour.
  • You will love the outdoors.
  • You will act as a role model for pupils and be a positive influence on their behaviour at school. It is important that you demonstrate maturity and excellence in all you do.
  • Have a professional attitude to all work and other members of staff.
  • To be a reliable member of the team.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning.

Qualifications required

  • A good standard of basic English and Maths.

Future prospects

The apprenticeship will last for one year with the possibility of extending beyond this subject to funding availability. We will offer full support to our apprentice in moving into the next steps of their career.

Things to consider

Proposed Interviews: Tuesday 26th September. You must be fully committed to helping children learn and achieve across the curriculum. You must be able to communicate with adults and pupils professionally and respectfully. A lot of our learning is conducted outside, in all weathers.

About the employer

At Dean Barwick School we value every individual equally, and are committed to providing the best education within a caring, family atmosphere. We are proud of our reputation for working outside the classroom in the local and wider environment, and fully implement the creative curriculum, where all themes are seen as possible links to all subjects. We are also proud of our small-school feel. The school is well equipped, with fantastic outdoor amenities including an outside classroom, playing field, adventure playground, pond and wildlife area. We also have a play area dedicated to the Early Years Foundation Stage which has a very large sand pit and tunnel /slide constructed area. We also make regular use of the woods surrounding our school, and embrace Forest Schools Principles.


Dean Barwick Primary School



LA11 6RS

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Training provider

Comprehensive training and experiential learning provided across the Early Years and Key Stage One Groups.  The successful candidate will the amass the skills and knowledge to fully prepare them to work in a Primary school.


The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised and working under the direction of the class teacher.

The framework provides training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behaviour support assistant/co-ordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant; foundation stage assistant or team leader.

Apprenticeship programmes provide a structured paid national training route within the workplace, which is supported with on-going professional development. You will have the opportunity to undertake a ‘portfolio’ of skills and qualifications that will allow you to progress within your work environment and or progress to both further and higher education, if necessary.

The qualifications you will gain as an apprentice are: 
Certificate (Level 2) in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
Employees Rights and Responsibility workbook (ERR).
At Level 2 the total minimum number of credits that an apprentice must attain on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) for this pathway is 45. This is achieved through completion of the Combined Knowledge and Competence qualification and the Transferable Skills qualifications:
- Functional Skills Level 1 Mathematics
- Functional Skills Level 2 English
- Functional Skills Level 1 ICT

What will I learn?

Mandatory Units include:
- Child and young person development
- Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
- Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
- Support learning activities

You will have a range of optional units to select from which include: Prepare and Maintain Learning Environments; Provide Displays in Schools; Provide Support for Therapy Sessions or Support Assessment for Learning.

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Kendal College


Apprenticeship Team at Kendal College 01539 814725

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