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Apprentice Teaching Assistant Cowes Enterprise College

To act as a responsible adult and assist with the supervision, personal care, welfare and keeping safe of individuals and/or groups of children and their environment under the direction/instruction of teaching and/or senior staff. Inclusive of assisting with resources and basic classroom management techniques to support their learning.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £177.97

    Wages explained

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

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    16 months

  • Possible start date

    03 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    01 Feb 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001679164

  • Positions

    1 available

Be able to work effectively as an individual and in a team, being credible to colleagues and the staff of the Academy.  An appropriate level of wellbeing to carry out the role and the ability to be punctual and meet work deadlines are an essential. 

All staff at the Academy are employed to support and promote our key aim: To enable the children who join us to leave as happy, healthy, well-adjusted young adults, who are well prepared to take the next steps in their education and careers. 

All staff are required to support, model and, where appropriate, teach or promote, the Trust’s core values: 

  • Anyone can excel 
  • Enjoy the challenge 
  • Share what is best 
  • Be inclusive 

All staff have a statutory responsibility for the safeguarding of children and the promotion of their welfare. This means that at all times, staff must consider what is in the best interests of our children and young people. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all staff are required to: 

  • Ensure that they are aware of the Academy policy and procedures for child protection and safeguarding
  • To become aware, by attendance at relevant training, of the signs and symptoms of abuse
  • To attend annual refresher training as required and to have completed the online Level 2 Safeguarding and Prevent training
  • To report all causes for concern to the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • To ensure the safety of all pupils in the school learning environment both indoor and outdoor
  • To carry out or contribute to risk assessments as required

All staff are required to adhere to the spirit and letter of the Academy’s Equality Policy, to respect all aspects of diversity, to ensure no conscious discrimination and to challenge potential unconscious discrimination on the grounds of any protected characteristics. 

All staff are part of a wider academy team. Each individual, therefore, is required to support the values/ethos of the academy and the academy priorities as defined in the Academy Improvement Plan. This will mean being responsive to the needs of colleagues, parents and pupils and being flexible in a demanding environment.

On occasions the post holder may be expected to carry out reasonable duties or roles or additional tasks, as requested by the Principal and Governors, which are not specifically detailed in this job description. 

All staff in the academy work subject to statute and academy policies and procedures. The post holder will be expected to become familiar with these and work in accordance with them and to notify their line manager in writing if they require additional training or support. 

Due to the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of Disclosure and Barring System check to be undertaken. It is essential that post holders disclose whether they have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and if so, for which offences. Any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the academy. 

Key roles & responsibilities: 

Provide support for learning activities by:

  • Supporting the teacher in planning learning activities
  • Supporting the delivery of learning activities
  • Supporting the teacher in the evaluation of learning activities  

Support the children’s development by:

  • Contributing to the development of children physically, emotionally and socially and the associated skills
  • Contributing to children’s communication and the intellectual development

Contribute to positive relationships by effectively:

  • Interacting with and responding to children and adults
  • Communicating with children and adults

Provide effective support for your colleagues by:

  • Maintaining working relationships with colleagues
  • Developing your effectiveness in a support role 

Support a child with disabilities or special educational needs by:

  • Providing care and encouragement and supporting personal hygiene needs
  • Providing support to help the child to participate in activities and experiences  

Contribute to the moving and handling of children with mobility difficulties by:

  • Preparing children, environments and equipment for moving and handling
  • Enabling children to move from one position to another 

Promote behaviour by:

  • Implementing agreed behaviour management strategies
  • Supporting pupils in taking responsibility for their learning and behaviour

Help to keep children healthy by:

  • Supporting physical development at lunch times, P.E lessons and after school
  • Contribute to pupil’s well-being through PE
  • Supporting positive behaviour at lunch times and in P.E lessons 

Help to keep children safe by:

  • Preparing and maintaining a safe and hygienic environment
  • Dealing with accidents, emergencies and illnesses
  • Supporting the safeguarding of children
  • Encouraging children’s positive behaviour  

Supervision:

  • Will provide supervision for students in a designated area of the academy site during the lunch period
  • May assist with break time supervision including facilitating games and activities
  • May invigilate exams and tests
  • May assist escorting pupils on educational visits 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good IT skills with a knowledge of a range of different computer packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills to effectively deal with a wide range of customers, contractors and other members of staff
  • Ability to take on individual project work and demonstrate initiative
  • Ability to work individually and as an effective team member

Personal qualities

  • Well organised with the ability to work to tight timescales and demonstrate attention to detail
  • Willing to undertake Apprenticeship Programme whilst working full-time
  • An understanding of the need to deal with people sensitively and to keep information confidential

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Future prospects

After successful completion of the apprenticeship you will be able to apply for full-time Teaching Assistant roles, if one is available with the employer at the time. If there isn't you will have the relevant qualification to move into a full-time role elsewhere. 

Things to consider

Safeguarding, Prevent & Equal Opportunities:

Let Me Play, LMP Education and Sporting Education are committed to anti-discrimination and equal opportunities for all.  We are equally committed to Safer Recruitment Policies, Safeguarding, the Prevent Duty and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.


About the employer

We aim to provide an education which genuinely prepares young people to be able to grasp every opportunity and meet the demands of life in the 21st century.

Our curriculum will ensure that we blend the acquisition of academic, applied and vocational qualifications with the development of independence, creativity and wider competencies and skills, to prepare our learners for embracing their futures.

Our aspiration expectation is for all to strive for and achieve excellence in everything we do, to ensure that the Cowes community gets the best and we deliver an outstanding education.

Employer

Cowes Enterprise College

Address

Crossfield Avenue

Cowes

PO31 8HB

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Training

Training provider

Let Me Play Ltd

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Let Me Play Ltd

Contact

Anthony Lowe 0788 1922192 anthony@lmpeducation.org

Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional skills in English and maths if required
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

This training programme focuses on developing classroom delivery and work within schools.

The qualification aims to grow your existing skillset in the following key areas:

  • Increased mastery of the critical stages of child and adolescent development
  • Enhance understanding of the types of influences that can affect this development
  • Become fully adept in supporting teachers with the planning of activities, as well as creating own activity plans
  • Evaluation of personal performance in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy, and ICT
  • Amplify knowledge of safeguarding, and emergency procedures
  • Understand legislation with regard to confidentiality, data protection, and information sharing

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)


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