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Teaching Assistant Apprentice Level 3 Amwell View School

Implement planned learning activities / teaching programmes as agreed with the teacher, adjusting activities according to pupils’ responses as appropriate. Participate in planning and evaluation of learning activities with the teacher, providing feedback to the teacher on pupil progress and behaviour.

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Closing date: 11 Oct 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

    Term time 8.45am - 3.45pm. One after-school club of 1.5 hours once a week and 14 days in the holiday club, which is during the Easter and Summer holidays.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    18 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    21 May 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001714785

  • Positions

    6 available

  • Support the teacher in monitoring, assessing and recording pupil progress / activities
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to attainment and progress under the guidance of the teacher
  • Support learning by arranging / providing resources for lessons/activities under the direction of the teacher
  • Support pupils in social and emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate
  • Share information about pupils with other staff, parents / carers, internal and external agencies, as appropriate
  • Understand and support independent learning and inclusion of all pupils as required.
  • Work with pupils on therapy or care programmes, designed and supervised by a therapist / carer
  • Attend to pupils’ personal needs including toileting, hygiene, dressing and eating, as well as help with social, welfare and health matters, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate. Physically assist pupils in activities (may involve lifting, where mobility is an issue)
  • To work with teachers as part of a professional team to support teaching and learning for SEN pupils.
  • Providing learning support to pupils who need particular help to overcome barriers to learning, such as those with moderate, severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and / or behavioural, social, communication, sensory or physical disabilities

The TA Apprentice may also undertake some or all of the following:

  • Administer medication in accordance with an agreed plan under direction of healthcare practitioner and following appropriate training
  • Update pupil records
  • Assist with break-time supervision including facilitating games and activities
  • Assist with escorting pupils on educational visits
  • Support pupils in using basic ICT
  • Undertake moving and handling activities as required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Organisational
  • Communication (written and verbal)
  • Basic knowledge of ICT

Personal qualities

  • Work in a team
  • Use your own initiative, when appropriate
  • Problem solve
  • Active listener
  • Resilient
  • Sensitivity and caring nature

Desired qualifications

  • English (Level 4, or GCSE C, or above)
  • Mathematics (Level 4, or GCSE C, or above)

Future prospects

Possibility of gaining a full time working contract upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme. 

Things to consider

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the DBS as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s pre-employment checks. Please note that additional information referring to the Disclosure and barring Service is in the guidance notes to the application form. If you are invited to an interview you will receive more information.

Review meetings and observations will be arranged during school hours.  The 20% ‘off the job’ hours will be made up through a combination of school hours, and using ‘off the job days’ which are paid school holiday days. If you need to complete any of the Functional Skills tests these may be arranged during school hours or on an ‘off the job day’.

The Headteacher has the discretion to set the pay grade of an Apprenticeship higher should they wish to do so. After 12 months employment on the apprenticeship rate the contract and pay grade needs to be increased to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage depending on their age.


About the employer

This school was established in 1963. Over the years it has developed and flourished to provide ‘Outstanding Education’ (Ofsted, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2018) for 145 children with Severe Learning Difficulties aged 2-19 years. All the children who attend the school have a statement of Special Educational Needs and are subject to the 2001 Education Act under the responsibility of Hertfordshire Education Authority. The vast majority of the children live in the local area of East Hertfordshire.

All the children have reduced mental cognitive ability, which is life-long. Many have a recognised medical diagnosis or congenital condition such as Down’s syndrome or other lesser known specific diagnoses, whilst others have a non-specific diagnosis of Global Developmental Delay.

The school uses all the National Curriculum subjects to provide high quality education for the children. The curriculum is designed and delivered using practical experiences and emphasises these experiences through kinaesthetic learning. This has been a growing feature and outcome of the school’s expertise and success, which in turn has proved to be a very positive curriculum model resulting in greater pupil enjoyment and achievement.

Such was the success of this model that it has been used to raise standards in English, Mathematics, Science and Music and resulted in the designation of the school as a Specialist Sports College. This government recognition placed the school in the position of being the first Special School in Hertfordshire with Specialist Sports College status and the tenth school overall, throughout the UK. It also complimented the schools’ history as a member of the Special Olympic Movement. The school competes at regional and National level in Athletics and swimming competitions for over 30 years and is now in a prime position to drive forward the opportunity for disability sport in the Eastern Region. This recognition has been increased and confirmed by a recent award from Sport England for raising the level of participation of sport for disabled children and young people.

Employer

Amwell View School

Address

Stanstead Abbotts

Ware

SG12 8EH

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Training

Training provider

Education and Skills

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Education and Skills

Contact

Steph Jones stephanie.jones@education-and-skills.com

Entry Requirements:

Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading).

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning:

This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to deliver customer service in a range of industries and contexts. Learners will understand what drives customer behaviour and what creates customer retention. Learners are also given the opportunity to explore excellence within customer service, dealing with more challenging scenarios such as complaints and stakeholder engagement.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)


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