Teaching Assistant Intermediate Apprentice at Moorside High School, Stoke-On-Trent Moorside High School

Teaching Assistant Apprentices are required to support pupils, teachers, and the curriculum throughout the school.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 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

    30 hours per week, Term-Time only.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    13 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    06 Oct 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Under clear supervision, guidance and with relevant training the Apprentice will provide:

Support to Pupils

  • Provide pastoral support to pupils within the school environment.
  • Assist children in matters of personal needs and their general health including first aid and welfare matters.
  • Provide structured support in accordance with specific work programmes designed and supervised by individual teachers
  • To contribute to raising standards by ensuring high expectations are promoted for pupils.
  • Involvement in the implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour/Support/Mentoring plans.
  • Provide general support to pupils, ensuring their safety, by complying with good Health & Safety practice.
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required.
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.

Support to Teacher

  • Provide structured support in accordance with specific work programmes designed and supervised by individual teachers.
  • Support the teacher in the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans.
  • Assist in maintaining classroom discipline through the implementation of the schools behaviour management strategies.
  • Provide support to pupils to achieve learning goals, e.g. guided reading.
  • Supervise pupils for a particular curriculum activity under the supervision and guidance of a qualified teacher.
  • Assist the teacher with the planning of learning activities.
  • Assist the teacher in monitoring pupils’ responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/progress as directed.
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc.
  • Provide general admin support, for classroom activities e.g. produce worksheets for agreed activities etc.

Support to Curriculum

  • To provide support in literacy/numeracy/SEN strategies.
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.
  • Contribute to curriculum planning, evaluation and implementation.
  • Contribute to development of school policies and procedures by participation in working groups.
  • Contribute to the development, preparation and dissemination of appropriate materials.

Support to School

(this list is not exhaustive and should reflect the ethos of the school)

  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons you are responsible for or come into contact with.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Liaise effectively with teachers/parents/guardians, welfare officers, health visitors and other professional staff as part of the routine consultative process.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Attend relevant meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required. Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills to be able to relate well to a wide range of people.
  • Work constructively as part of a team whilst being able to demonstrate initiative.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Effective use of ICT to support learning.

In addition to the ability to perform the duties of the post, behaviours relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children will need to be demonstrated these will include:

  • Motivation and enthusiasm to work with children and young people.
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships, maintaining personal boundaries with children and young people.
  • Emotional resilience when working with challenging behaviours and attitudes
  • Use of authority to maintain discipline

Personal qualities

  • Customer focused.
  • Friendly yet professional and respectful approach
  • Open, honest and an active listener. 
  • Committed to the needs of the pupils, parents and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrates a “can do” attitude by suggesting solutions, participating, encouraging others and achieving high expectations.
  • Adaptable to change.
  • Acts with pace and urgency; being energetic, enthusiastic and decisive.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Able to learn from experiences and challenges.
  • Committed to the continuous self-development
  • Open to ideas and developing new skills

Qualifications required

  • 4 GCSEs (Grade C or above or equivalent)
  • English and Mathematics are mandatory
  • Previous experience of working with children is desirable

Future prospects

Possibility of progressing on to Level 3 apprenticeship (not guaranteed).

Things to consider

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For the remaining 3 months of the contract the wage will rise age appropriate minimum wage (or National Living Wage of £7.50 if over 25) and the apprentice will be placed in school for 30 hours a week. Contracts are paid on a Term-Time only basis. The wage for apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check prior to employment commencing. A minimum of two independent references will be sought If you are short listed for this vacancy you may need to attend more than one interview.

About the employer

Moorside High School is a warm and friendly place to learn, where, with the help and encouragement of our staff and with the support of their parents pupils can develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities that are needed to achieve success both now and in the future.


Moorside High School


Cellarhead Road



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Training provider

Training will be carried out by Entrust; Apprentices compile an electronic portfolio of evidence proving evidence of competence, knowledge and understanding. Training for the qualification will take place at Entrust, Stafford on a fortnightly basis:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Functional Skills Level 1 ICT
  • English Level 1 and Maths Level 1 or 2 (if required)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by ENTRUST SUPPORT SERVICES LIMITED


Shelia Green 07921 277446 sheila.green@entrust-ed.co.uk

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017