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Apprentice Achievement Support Assistant (SEN Department) Priestlands School

Our school is offering the opportunity for Apprentice Achievement Support Assistants to work with students on our SEN register, under the direction of the SENCo, Head of Department or Class Teacher. This may take the form of in-class, individual or small group support. The role will start from September at the start of the 21/22 academic year.

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Closing date: 20 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday times TBC. Term time only 39 weeks per year paid 44.48 weeks over 12 months

    Total hours per week: 32.50

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    21 Sep 2021

  • Date posted

    03 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Your principal duties will be to support:

  • To support students on the SEN Register under the direction of the SENCo, Head of Department or Class Teacher.  This may take the form of in-class, individual or small group support
  • To adhere to a high level of confidentiality and hold the trust of students and staff

To support the implementation of Individual Educational Programmes in the classroom through:

  • Knowledge of students’ IEPs
  • Developing targets with students and using key strategies specified on their IEPs
  • Regularly updating personal records for students on the SEN register, using individual target sheets
  • Liaising with the Class Teachers, SENCo and SEN Team
  • Developing a positive relationship with all students
  • To maintain a high level of clear communication skills with students and staff
  • To maintain a high level of literacy and presentational skills
  • To alert the SENCo to students with difficulties accessing the curriculum including those who may not be on the SEN Register

To support the Class Teacher with:

  • The lesson objectives, starter, activities, focus groups and plenary
  • Settling and organisation of students
  • Feedback and assessment
  • Behaviour issues as requested
  • To support students with a variety of learning styles and strategies to access the lesson; and support students with personal organisation and ensure homework is understood and written down
  • To motivate and encourage students within all aspects of school life
  • To be aware of all available student data to inform planning and knowledge of students
  • To be aware of and support the School and Department Action Plans, targets and policies
  • To support students with revision materials and techniques as directed by the SENCo or Class Teacher
  • To develop resources to support students and store them in the SEN folder on the School Intranet if possible
  • To support with break time duties
  • To undertake a lunch duty each day
  • To support as a reader, scribe or invigilator in exams for special arrangements
  • To attend meetings, or provide a report, for parents or outside agencies at the request of the SENCo
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the level of the post

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Strong literacy and numeracy skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office & SIMs
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good ICT skills

Personal qualities

  • Team player with a ‘can do’ approach
  • Able to work independently and with initiative
  • Flexible; able to adapt quickly and effectively to changing circumstances or situations
  • Able to work calmly and with patience
  • Professionally discrete and able to respect confidentiality on particular issues
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and sense of humour enabling effective relationships with a variety of different people
  • Able to establish and maintain good relationships and rapport with other colleagues in the school and external contacts (e.g. parents, governors, members of the community)
  • Enjoy a good rapport with young people
  • Empathy with students and sympathetic to their needs
  • Able to motivate and encourage students appropriately
  • Firm, sensitive and effective approach towards student discipline

Desired qualifications

A good standard of general education, including evidence of GCSE English & maths at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Future prospects

The aim of this apprenticeship is to develop into a Teaching Assistant with the school on successful completion.

Things to consider

You must be able to commute to the school on a daily basis.

This role will also require you to work on the school inset days for staff training.

About the employer

Priestlands is a highly successful secondary school with very good examination results, an excellent range of extracurricular activities and a strong ethos of good behaviour.  It is a great place to learn and a great place to work.

The school's approach to teaching and learning, the Priestlands Path to Progress, is modelled on the “Growth Mindset” philosophy.  In short, we want all of our students to be open to all of the new challenges they will face and take advantage of as many of the opportunities we offer as they can – the more they learn and the more they do, the more they can become.  Our happiest students and those who are most successful are those who throw themselves enthusiastically into all that we offer!


Priestlands School


North Street


SO41 8FZ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Totton College


Carol Goring 02380 874874

You will be working towards your Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard where you will gain the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours required to present yourself as a competent Teaching Assistant on completion.

If required, you will also be offered the Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English as part of the apprenticeship.

You will complete your qualification with an End Point Assessment of:

  • Practical Observation with Questions & Answers
  • Professional Discussion supported by portfolio of evidence
  • Portfolio of Evidence

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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