Apprentice - Level 2 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Horton Grange First School

The aim of this apprenticeship post is to assist in delivering an outstanding indoor and outdoor curriculum which develops children’s skills particularly in communication, language, literacy, and personal, social, and relationship skills.

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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 to Friday

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Support for Pupils:

  • Attend to the personal needs of pupils including the implementation of personal learning programmes that may include social, health, physical, hygiene and welfare objectives.
  • Supervise and support children in their access of learning.
  • Establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and responding to the needs of each individual child.
  • To actively promote inclusive practice within the classroom setting to ensure acceptance of all children.
  • Encourage children to play and interact with one another.
  • Encourage children to engage in, and participate in learning activities lead by the class teacher.
  • To have challenging expectations that encourages children to act independently and build self esteem.
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the class teacher.

Support for the Teacher:

Working under guidance of the teacher :

As a Key Worker you will take responsibility for a group of named children this will involve

  • Building good constructive relationships with children, parents/carers and outside agencies to support pupils’ learning and progress.
  • Monitoring and recording the children’s attendance, progress, attainment and development.
  • Tracking progress against targets at agreed time intervals.
  • Reporting to parents.
  • Become "Reading Champion" and read to children with good expression .

As a TA supporting children’s learning across the Foundation Stage by:

  • Planning, delivering and resourcing learning activities under the direction and guidance of the class teacher.
  • Effectively communicate the work to the pupils and ensure that pupils are aware of the teacher’s expectations.
  • Encourage pupils to work co-operatively with others to ensure all are engaged and on task.
  • Respond knowledgeably to any questions from pupils
  • Differentiate the delivery of the learning activities through appropriate questioning, support or extension
  • Report to teachers on the behaviour of pupils and any issues arising.
  • Create and maintain a purposeful and orderly learning environment in line with lesson planning as provided by the supervising teacher.
  • Assist the supervising teacher with the planning of learning activities.
  • Undertake the maintenance of pupils’ records as directed by the class teacher.
  • Support the teacher in the management of pupil behaviour.
  • Gather information from parents and carers as directed by the class teacher.
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents and carers.

As directed by the class teacher / Level 3 Teaching Assistant:

  • Prepare the classroom prior to a lesson.
  • Clear up after a lesson.
  • Assist with the display of pupils’ work.

Report to the classroom teacher, as agreed, on:

  • Pupil problems.
  • Pupil progress.
  • Pupil achievements.

Provide the classroom teacher with clerical and admin support, particularly:

  • Undertaking bulk photocopying.
  • Word processing.
  • Filing.
  • Collecting money.

Support for the Curriculum:

  • Undertake structured and agreed teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses.
  • Help pupils to understand instructions
  • Support pupil learning with respect to all of the local and national learning strategies
  • Prepare and maintain equipment and resources required to meet learning activities and assist pupils in their use.

Support for the School:

  • Work in such a way as to promote the ethos and vision of the school.
  • Participate in training and development, and activities that contribute to the management of performance.
  • Assist with the management of pupils outside the classroom e.g. lunch times and outside the school e.g. school trips as directed by the class teacher and member of the school’s management.
  • To undertake other duties and responsibilities as required commensurate with the grade of the post.

Comply with all school policies relating to:

  • Health and Safety.
  • Equal Opportunities.
  • Child Protection.
  • Confidentiality and data protection.

The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this Job Description are indicative and may vary over time.  Post holders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and extent of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent English skills
  • Good numeracy skills.
  • Basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Able to follow instructions and procedures with guidance.
  • Ability to plan and organise daily work routines with guidance.
  • Adaptable and able to deal with changing priorities.
  • Supportive and effective team player.
  • Ability to engage with service users and members of the public.
  • Clear and logical thinking required to deal positively with problems occurring within normal work routine with guidance.

Personal qualities

  • Reliable and keeps good time.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for obtaining a teaching assistant related qualification.
  • Demonstrates integrity and upholds values and principles.
  • Promotes equal opportunities and diversity in all aspects of work.
  • Appropriately follows instructions to achieve set objectives.
  • Works collaboratively to achieve team spirit.
  • Adapts to change by adopting a flexible and cooperative attitude.

Qualifications required

  • 3 or more GCSEs at A-C Grade including Maths and English (or equivalent qualification).

Future prospects

Possible progression onto a Level 3 apprenticeship.

Things to consider

You must attend a Screening Workshop in order for your application to be forwarded to the employer for interview.

About the employer

Our Vision and Values Our vision and values At Horton Grange we are …. LEARNING TOGETHER TO BE THE BEST WE CAN BE… We are independent, inquisitive lifelong learners; resilient, confident and empowered to make the right choices. Together, or as individuals, we are equipped to meet the exciting challenges of the 21st Century and achieve our full potential. At Horton Grange we develop and reward children for developing and demonstrating our key HORTON values. We will achieve our vision by being…. Happy, healthy and hardworking On a journey together to be the best we can be Respectful, responsible and resilient Truthful and tolerant Open minded and outward looking delivering… New experiences, new horizons and excellent outcomes for all. Horton Grange Mission – to develop lifelong learners and successful citizens We welcome all children regardless of their ability or needs and will work with you to ensure they reach their potential. We develop children who are confident independent learners with positive and responsible attitudes and a strong sense of equality and justice. We equip them for the challenges of their next steps in life. We do this by focusing on developing reading, writing and maths skills providing a broad and stimulating curriculum promoting independence setting challenging targets and checking how well we are doing. being a learning community enjoying what we do, we work hard and are determined to aim high especially when the going is tough! making the most of opportunities and challenging each other to succeed. treating each other with respect, caring about and supporting each other regardless of difference - we don't tolerate discrimination We are open and honest and believe together we are strong. We continue the systematic development of capacity and capability alongside a relentless focus on outcomes for pupils.


Horton Grange First School


Cowpen Road


NE24 4RE

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Training provider

  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) Level 2.
  • Award in Functional Skills English.
  • Award in Functional Skills Maths.
  • Award in Functional Skills ICT.
  • Employability Skills.
  • Health & Safety.

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Northumberland Adult Learning Service


Joanne Thompson

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Closing date: 21 Sep 2017