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Teaching Assistant Apprentice Ponteland Academy Trust

We are looking for a highly motivated, independent apprentice to start as soon as possible, who will become part of our highly successful KS1 team. Gaining experience and become responsible for the learning of a small group of pupils within our primary setting, supporting them in all areas to become the best they can be and make great progress

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Closing date: 08 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    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, 08:30 to 15:30 – half hour lunch (Term Time Plus 5 Days)

    Total hours per week: 32.50

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    30 Apr 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Responsibilities and duties will include:

  • Work alongside the Key stage 1 staff to become a key worker for a group of Key stage 1 aged pupils
  • Establish positive relationships with the pupil/s supported
  • Support the pupil/s with activities which support literacy and numeracy skills
  • Maintain high expectations for all pupil
  • To be fully aware of the pupil’s/pupils’ strengths, difficulties and barriers to learning
  • Attend training sessions as appropriate
  • Maintain any necessary records and collect evidence to track the effectiveness of provisions in place
  • Review progress over time with the class teacher, SENDCo, any specialist working with the child/children and the child’s/children’s parents/carers
  • Ensure good links with other members of staff who are working to support the child/children
  • Promote positive pupil behaviour in line with school policies and help keep pupil/s on task
  • Participate in planning and evaluation of learning activities with the class teacher, providing feedback to the teacher on pupil progress and behaviour
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to attainment and progress under the guidance of the class teacher
  • To support learning by arranging/providing resources for lessons/activities under the direction of the class teacher
  • To attend where necessary to pupils’ personal needs including help with social, welfare and health matters
  • To assist with the preparation, maintenance and control of stocks of materials and resources
  • To assist with the display and presentation of pupils’ work
  • To supervise pupils for limited and specified periods including breaktimes
  • To assist with escorting pupils on educational visits
  • The duties listed above are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required by the Head teacher to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job, skills and grade
  • We take pride in being a happy place to work and our children really do love coming to school. Our children deserve the best so if you think you fit the bill then please apply

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • To understand and apply school policies in relation to health, safety and welfare, safeguarding, behaviour, staff code of conduct
  • To respect confidentiality at all times and ensure compliance with GDPR
  • To comply with individual responsibilities, in accordance with the role, for Health, Safety and Wellbeing, and Safeguarding in the workplace
  • Ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the school’s Equal Opportunities Policy
  • To maintain positive and constructive professional relationships with colleagues, parents, pupils and others
  • To uphold the values of the School

Personal qualities

  • Reliable and punctual
  • Flexible
  • Friendly and polite
  • Proactive and ability to show initiative
  • Ambitious and desire to develop

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE maths, English & ICT at 9-4, A*-D or equivalent

Future prospects

  • Possible full time employment on the successful completion of the apprenticeship 

Things to consider

  • The vacancy is with young children and we have extensive indoors and outdoors facilities so candidates should be prepared to work in both places in all weathers
  • Over the course of the apprenticeship the candidate will become more responsible for collecting evidence of learning and following school policy and procedures linked to documenting this learning
  • Hours of work will be spread over the week with a one hour meeting each week after school
  • The apprentice will also work the 5 INSET days we have across the year

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

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW):

About the employer

Ponteland Community Primary School (formerly Middle School) is an ‘outstanding school where children thrive’ [Ofsted 2008, Ofsted 2013] and continue to develop the school with our School Council, Parents’ Forum and Trustees. Children have said they ‘feel they have developed as people’; Ofsted said the school ‘permeates positivity and calm’. Our pupils say that they like to be fit and healthy and that makes them happy which makes our Platinum Gamesmark accreditation so important to everyone. We joined Tyne Coast Academy Trust as an associate school creating a new family.

Ponteland Academy has a strong and embedded family ethos. We cater for children aged 2-11. 

This role is within the Key stage 1 classes where we can have up to 30 pupils and catering for children of all abilities

Our staff feel this is a happy place to learn and work. The well-being of pupils, adults and their families is highly important.

Pupils behave well. Their wide smiles and excellent attendance show how much they enjoy school. Kind, caring staff take pleasure in their work. The headteacher ensures that staff protect, value and cherish pupils. Pupils develop a deep understanding of healthy, respectful relationships. They celebrate differences and debate opposing views constructively. They take pride in their own and other’s achievements. Discrimination and bullying are not tolerated. Leaders want all pupils to do well. The curriculum is full. Teachers’ own subject knowledge is good and pupils achieve well. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do as well as others.


Ponteland Academy Trust


Ponteland Community Middle Schoo

Callerton Lane

Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE20 9EY

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Northumberland College

  • Teaching Assistant Standard Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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