To work under the direct instruction of the teaching/senior staff. Prepare classroom as directed for lessons and clear up afterwards and assist with the display of pupils’ work. Be aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher. Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties.

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Closing date: 30 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

    37 hours Term time plus 5 days

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    13 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    06 Oct 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

Main duties would include:

  • To work under the direct instruction of the teaching/senior staff, usually in the classroom with the teacher, to support access to learning for pupils and provide general support to the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom.

Support for Pupils:

  • Attend to the pupils’ personal needs and implement related personal programmes including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters
  • Supervise and support pupils ensuring their safety and access to learning
  • Establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model, and being aware of, and responding appropriately to, individual needs
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Encourage pupils to act independently, as appropriate
  • Support for the Teachers
  • Prepare classroom as directed for lessons and clear up afterwards and assist with the display of pupils’ work
  • Be aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher, as agreed
  • Undertake pupil record keeping, as requested
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties, as appropriate
  • Gather/report information from/to parents/carers, as directed
  • Provide clerical/admin support e g photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money etc

Support for the Curriculum:

  • Support pupils to understand instructions
  • Support pupils in respect of local and national learning strategies e g literacy, numeracy, KS1/KS2, early years, as directed by the teacher
  • Support pupils in using basic ICT, as directed
  • Prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use

Support for the School:

  • 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
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
  • 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
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities, as required. Teaching Assistant giving support across school to staff and pupils under the direction of senior staff

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • The desire to work with children.
  • Basic computer skills, mobile devices e.g. IPads and knowledge of MS Office
  • Good time keeping
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work as a Team
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative and Prioritising

Personal qualities

  • A positive “can do” attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Lots of enthusiasm
  • Polite, friendly and helpful
  • Good concentration levels

Qualifications required

GSCE English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent) is essential.

Future prospects

This Apprenticeship will involve training that will be supported in school by senior staff and qualifications will be obtained through NT Adult Learning. Basic skills and qualifications could lead to person securing a permanent position within an organisation at the end of the term to continue with their professional development.

Things to consider

Post is subject to references and a Enhanced DBS Certificate

About the employer

Percy Main Primary School is a popular school situated close to the metro and local services within the community. The school teaches children aged 3 – 11yrs old. The school has a particular strength in outdoor learning The school was last inspected in 2016 and was graded Good by Ofsted. In addition to delivering the full National Curriculum we also pride ourselves on the opportunities we offer to children beyond the formal curriculum. As children progress through the school he/she will be offered an increasing range of activities. They include: * Various extra curricular activities at different times of the year * A range of dramatic and musical performances for parents/carers * Sports coaching by qualified coaches * Swimming tuition * Residential visits * A breakfast club


Percy Main Primary School


Nelson Terrace

North Shields

NE29 6JA

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Training provider

Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and ICT (If necessary. On the job training delivered in-house, off the job training at the Training Providers premises to be delivered on day or block release as determined at interview. All training to be done during contracted hours. Teaching assistant level 2 qualification  

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by North Tyneside Council

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017