L3 Apprentice Learning Support Assistant - TS Ferndale Primary School

This apprenticeship is the perfect way to help you decide what job you may want in the future. This opportunity will provide real work experience within the Early Years of school at the same time as gaining qualifications. This role will be specifically to provide high quality, educational and stimulating care to children from 3 yrs.’ to 5yrs.

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Closing date: 23 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

    Monday to Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    52 weeks

  • Possible start date

    12 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    10 Oct 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Ferndale Primary School is a great place to be - we have a high calibre of staff who strive to make a difference in every child’s life. We are judged as being ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

As a member of the school's learning support team, your main jobs and duties will consist of:

Support to pupils:

  • To maintain pupils’ interests and motivation through a play based curriculum
  • To build positive, encouraging relationships with young children
  • To assist EYFS pupils with independence skills – may include dressing and toileting
  • To support individual/group work across the early years curriculum to raise levels of achievement.
  • To uphold the highest standards of care as stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework.
  • Flexible to work both indoors and outdoors supporting young children’s play
  • Able to work with children at floor level

Support to School:

  • To build positive relationships with the children, families, colleagues and internal/external professionals by demonstrating appropriate behaviour.
  • To maintain school policies and procedures.
  • To contribute to observations of children’s learning, and offer points for planning.
  • To support qualified staff with daily routines in the nursery and reception classes
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach using your initiative and taking responsibility for getting things done.
  • To help in the preparation of rooms, equipment and displays to meet the needs of individual children within EYFS
  • Maintain school routine.
  • To promote high standards of behaviour throughout school in accordance with schools’ Behaviour Policy.
  • Support ethos of school.
  • Understand the importance of keeping everyone safe

Support to Teachers:

  • Contact with parents as part of daily routine and at more formal events such as parents evenings.
  • To deliver pre-planned programmes of work.
  • To contribute to observations of children’s learning, and begin to offer points for planning
  • Planning and organisation of activities for children and support to teachers in the completion of assessment and other pupil records.
  • Undertaking duties on a rota basis during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
  • To assist the teacher with supervision of pupils on school trips/visits.
  • Keeping materials and equipment in tidy/safe manner.
  • Liaison with teachers and other staff to obtain, exchange and record information on pupils in accordance with school policy.
  • Support the supervision of individuals/groups of pupils.

Support with Curriculum

  • To assist in the teaching of the Early Years curriculum.
  • Support to teachers in the assessment and monitoring of pupils, in accordance with school policy and EYFS practise.
  • To support individual/ group work across the curriculum responding appropriately to pupils.
  • Participation in working groups on curriculum matters.
  • To ensure the provision meets the needs of all through a high quality, carefully planned environment
  • To take an active involvement in planning meetings.
  • Attendance at staff meetings and appropriate training sessions as required.
  • Organise resources across all areas of the EYFS setting
  • Development and preparation of curriculum materials.

It is your responsibility to carry out your duties in line with the School's policy on equality and be sensitive and caring to the needs of the disadvantaged, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment. You should act as an exemplar on these issues and should identify and monitor training for yourself and any employees for whom you are responsible, in line with this policy, the Equality Standard and obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

The post holder must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the school's policy, organisation and arrangements for Health and Safety at Work.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing)
  • Ability to use IT technology
  • An understanding of child development
  • Able to communicate effectively and deal appropriately with challenging behaviour
  • Ability to work when the school is open (Term Time working)
  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet the requirements of the post
  • Knowledge and understanding of Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety issues and the Children Act would be advantageous

Personal qualities

  • Ability to motivate and encourage young individuals
  • Commitment to working in partnership with parents
  • Awareness of and respect for, the needs of the individual child and their families, including multi-cultural and inclusive practices
  • Conduct self in a professional and mature way
  • A real passion for working with young children.
  • Able to work with a range of people in the Early Years
  • Hardworking

Qualifications required

  • You must hold a GCSE Grade C or above in both English and Mathematics or the equivalent level 2 e.g. functional skills
  • You must have already completed NVQ Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or the equivalent or hold suitable experience in this type of role.

Future prospects

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and achieve NVQ level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. This apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and experience and begin to build a career.

Things to consider

You must be willing to shadow senior post holders and attend any relevant training, as well as being flexible to support the needs of the post. You will need to have a mature a professional approach and have a due regard for Safeguarding and Child Protection, therefore you will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS Check, prior to commencing in the post. Annual Leave must be taken when the school is closed, during term time holidays.

About the employer

The school has a purposeful, lively atmosphere built upon mutual trust, respect and friendship between staff, pupils and parents. Through the dedication of our staff, a carefully structured curriculum and close monitoring of performance and standards we help each pupil to aim for excellence. We appreciate and value the involvement of parents in their child’s education at home and in school. Parents are welcome in school at any time to discuss their child’s progress or to become one of our very valued classroom helpers. We ask parents to support the school in its aims, which place the child at the centre of all we do.


Ferndale Primary School


Ferndale Avenue


B43 5QF

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Training provider

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake and achieve NVQ level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Apprenticeship framework

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sandwell College


Rich Nettleton 01215692099

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017