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Apprentice Teaching Assistant Level 3 Blackhorse Primary School

The work involves supporting children individually, in groups or as a whole class in schools and nurseries. As a TA you'll engage with pupils across a range of abilities and undertake duties that support the teacher, such as preparing the classroom.

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Closing date: 24 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £129.00

    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

    Shifts to be confirmed, Monday to Friday with a day release to the Filton Campus of SGS College.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    06 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    29 Apr 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001705555

  • Positions

    2 available

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

Job Description of a Teaching Assistant:

The duties will depend on your experience and training. Generally, you'll need to:

  • deliver tailored teaching activities to pupils on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups
  • make sure that the pupils you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity
  • support the social and emotional development of pupils, reporting any issues when required
  • support the teacher in managing challenging pupil behaviour and promoting positive behaviour
  • listen to pupils read and read to pupils as a class, group or one-to-one
  • guide and monitor pupil progress
  • help with the planning of some lessons
  • provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils' progress
  • carry out administrative duties, such as preparing classroom resources
  • look after pupils who have had accidents, need help dressing or are upset
  • create art displays of pupils' artwork
  • provide support outside of your normal classes, such as helping during exams, covering TA absences or going on school trips
  • help with extracurricular activity such as breakfast and after-school clubs, homework club, revision sessions or lunchtime duties
  • supervise other support staff
  • coordinate specific areas of teaching support once you have the right level of experience

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You'll need:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills for motivating children to learn
  • Active listening skills to understand the children’s' needs
  • To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • Some work experience or voluntary work with children is highly recommended

Personal qualities

You’ll need:

  • Sensitivity and understanding for building good relationships with children
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • To be flexible and open to change for working on different activities
  • To enjoy working with other people
  • The ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • The ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things

Desired qualifications

Minimum 3 GCSEs at C and above (4) to include maths and English or equivalent qualification.

Future prospects

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

Things to consider

The duration of this apprenticeship will take between 18 months to 2 years depending on prior learning and experience. 

  • You will need to pass an enhanced background check (DBS) https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role
  • Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment

Applications will only be accepted through the National Apprenticeship Website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

If your application is successful, you will be contacted by South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (normally via email) to invite you to attend a pre-interview and initial assessment.  Please ensure that you also check your junk/spam inbox for emails.

If you are successful at this stage, you will then be invited to attend an interview with the school/employer.

From 1st April 2021, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices £4.30 per hour.  This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training/college.

Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18-year olds is a priority and fully funded by Government. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.


About the employer

We are a 420 place Primary School with South Gloucestershire’s only Resource Base for children with Social and Communication needs. We strive to provide the best education for all our children with the understanding that children will only learn if they feel happy, valued and safe. High academic standards form the backbone of our work; excellent progress and attainment in reading, writing and maths, are as they have always been, essential if a child is to leave primary school ready to excel in education and life. However, we believe one of key roles is to inspire children to develop a thirst for knowledge and become eager, inquisitive learners. This is achieved by providing children with a rich, exciting curriculum which, through visits, use of the outdoors and through opportunities for personal study, inspires and challenges all our children.

Employer

Blackhorse Primary School

Address

Beaufort Road

Bristol

BS16 6UH

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Training

Training provider

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND STROUD COLLEGE

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND STROUD COLLEGE

Contact

Elaine Baillie elaine.baillie@sgscol.ac.uk

  • Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

SGS College have embedded the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. We will support apprentices in building their portfolio to cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard. On programme learning will be followed by the final End Point Assessment, which includes a practical observation with question and answer, portfolio of evidence submission and a Profession Discussion. Full time apprentices will spend typically 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

Each apprentice will be assigned a dedicated skills coach who will support them in completing their Portfolio, Diploma and preparing for the End Point Assessment. The Employer, Training Provider and the learner will decide when the learner is ready to enter the Apprenticeship Gateway. The skills coach will help prepare the learner to ensure they are confident to complete all components.

The skills coach will schedule regular 1:1s and complete progress reviews with the apprentice’s Line Manager/Employer at 8 – 12-week intervals.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)


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