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Teaching Assistant (Special Educational Needs) Apprentice Royal School For The Blind

The Royal School for the Blind provides places for up to 66 pupils ranging in age from 2-19 years. All students have a visual impairment and learning difficulties ranging from moderate to profound. Many students have additional sensory, physical or behavioural disabilities. Our pupils come from all over the country, and about 40% are residential.

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Closing date: 13 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


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    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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  • Working week

    Monday - Friday. Shifts TBC by employer.

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Expected duration

    14 months

  • Possible start date

    16 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    30 Jul 2018

  • Apprenticeship level


  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties to include:

  • To provide specialist assistance to pupils who need particular help to overcome barriers to learning including sensory, behaviour, communication, medical or physical difficulties
  • To support other staff under the direction, supervision, and guidance of the class teacher
  • Contribute to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare and personal care of children and young people
  • To provide a real, exciting, creative and personalised curriculum that is accessible to all children
  • To value individuality
  • To provide opportunities to develop the self-esteem, confidence and independence of all children
  • To create a safe, stable, welcoming and stimulating environment where individuals are happy and have a positive attitude
  • To build strong and meaningful relationships based on mutual respect and value
  • To recognise and celebrate all cultural and religious backgrounds
  • To provide a friendly, warm, welcoming school where families, school staff and other professionals work together for the benefit of the children

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • To have achieved a basic level of qualifications, good communication skills and preferably some experience
  • To be able to work as part of a team
  • To work in accordance with relevant occupational standards
  • To have an understanding of the competency framework
  • To have a genuine interest in working with and the development of children

Personal qualities

  • To be patient, kind, considerate and with a determination to meet the needs of the pupils
  • To be reliable
  • To be conscientious
  • Punctual with good self presentation
  • To be able to work with school aged primary children and address their needs
  • To display a mature attitude towards, staff members, children and parents

Desired qualifications

  • To have obtained grade A-C in English and maths, or Functional Skill English and math at minimum level 1 or equivalents

Future prospects

  • To gain valuable experience working with children who have varying special needs, to progress to a level 3 training qualification for the right candidate

Things to consider

This is very demanding both physically and emotionally, yet very rewarding at the same time. This role will suit someone with either previous experience and or a desire to make a difference to children's lives.

About the employer

More than two centuries of educating the visually impaired have placed the Royal School for the Blind, as one of the leading schools of its kind in the world. Our core values, purpose and envisioned future is a collaboration and partnership between staff, parents, multi agencies, the children's council, governors and trustees. The school has strong community links and offers many services to help children and their families.


Royal School For The Blind


Church Road North


L15 6TQ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by North West Community Services (Merseyside) Ltd


Shirley Ashcroft

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Framework Level 2
  • Functional Skills in ICT – level 2 (if GCSE A-C is not already achieved)
  • Functional Skills maths level 2 (if GCSE A-C is not already achieved)
  • Functional Skills English level 2 (if GCSE A-C is not already achieved)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

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