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Apprentice Teaching Assistant Gaywood Community Primary School

As an apprentice Teaching Assistant, you will support teachers, pupils in all areas of the curriculum and act as a role model for pupils, being a positive influence on their behaviour and performance at school. You will provide support to teachers in preparing for lessons and helping create a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all pupils.

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, Term Time plus one week (training days) (39 weeks per year) 37hrs per week

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    21 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    15 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

During lessons, you’ll work together with the class teacher to support pupils with classroom activities and help to manage behaviour. Excellent communication and enthusiasm will be key in supporting all pupils to progress, achieve and overcome any problems. You’ll also be accompanying teaching staff and pupils on trips and other out-of-school activities.

Supporting the Pupils

  • Assess the needs of pupils and use detailed knowledge and specialist skills to support pupils’ learning
  • Contribute to the planning and preparation of learning activities
  • Encourage and promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Develop and implement Learning Profiles
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of all children and young people with whom contact is made in a professional context (within or outside of the Academy)
  • When working in a 1:1 capacity with specific pupils, contribute to the implementation of the child’s Education, Health and Care Plan.

Supporting the Teacher

  • Organise and manage appropriate learning environment and relevant resources
  • Work with the Teacher in lesson planning, evaluating and adjusting plans as appropriate
  • Monitor and evaluate pupils’ responses to learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement against pre-determined learning objectives
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to the SENCO and teacher on pupil achievement, progress and other matters, e.g. Learning Profiles
  • Contribute to behaviour management within the subject area and take charge of situations to allow the teacher to continue to work with the rest of the class
  • Supporting the role of parents in pupils’ learning and contribute to meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on pupil progress/achievement etc.
  • Undertake support activities for the teacher as required

Supporting the Subject

  • Deliver learning activities to pupils within agreed system of supervision, adjusting activities according to pupil responses/needs
  • Deliver learning activities to support the development of pupils’ skills

Job context and flexibility

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description provide a summary of the main aspects of the role.   This is not an exhaustive list and the post holder may be required to carry out other tasks, as deemed appropriate to the grade and nature of the post.

This job description sets out the duties and responsibilities of the post at the time it was drawn up. Such duties and responsibilities may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.

Due to the routine of the school, the workload may not be evenly spread throughout the year.  Flexibility of hours, and a flexible attitude and willingness to assist others in the team, when required is necessary.

The post holder will have a shared responsibility for the safeguarding of all children and young people. The post holder has an implicit duty to promote the welfare of all children and young people.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All staff will be subject to an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Skills, Attributes and Knowledge


  • Skills and knowledge to deal with student safety and behaviour
  • Qualifications in main subjects supported
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to work with teacher to plan lessons
  • Commitment to continued personal development
  • Ability to focus on standards and the belief that all students can succeed given the right opportunity and support
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to adapt resources to meet individual student needs


  • Assimilate information quickly and prepare succinct summaries
  • Ability to focus on standards and the belief that all students can succeed given the right opportunity and support
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to adapt resources to meet individual student needs

Personal qualities

Personal qualities


  • Ambition for self and others
  • Positive attitude to work
  • Genuine concern for others            
  • Decisive, determined and self-confident
  • Integrity, trustworthy, honest and open
  • Accessible and approachable
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Desired qualifications



  • Level 2 or equivalent English
  • Level 2 or equivalent Maths


  • Level 2 or equivalent IT qualification

Future prospects

We review staffing for each academic year once we have established the number of EHCP students and assessed their particular needs.

Apprentices who are successful in their role would be considered for any vacancies that are available across the Trust. We would be unable to give an accurate number of vacancies available until the Summer Term.

West Norfolk Academies Trust prides itself on being a progressive Trust seeking to provide career development for those with potential and growing staff from within the organisation wherever possible. To date as an organisation we have been able to offer permanent employment and scope for development to over 95% of our apprentices that have wished to remain employed within the organisation.

Things to consider

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £4.30 per hour from 01 April 2021. 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 off the job training.

West Norfolk Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All staff will be subject to an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Please note that only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted in due course by the recruitment team. If you have not heard within 3 working weeks of the application closing date, then your application will not have been taken through to the next stage.  If you are shortlisted, you will be required to complete a West Norfolk Academies Trust Application Form

About the employer

Gaywood Primary school is a large, two form entry school situated in King’s Lynn currently providing education for 417 children from the age of 4 to 11.

Our aim is to provide a warm, friendly, atmosphere in a safe, caring environment where children will be happy and successful.  To achieve this, it is important that the school and homework together in partnership. This partnership is built through a regular dialogue between parents, child and school.


Gaywood Community Primary School


Field Lane

King's Lynn

PE30 4AY

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by College of West Anglia

All in house training, mentor and college assessment as per apprenticeship outline. Teaching Assistant Level 3 Standard portfolio of evidence of:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Behaviours

The End Point Assessment (EPA) consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Practical observation with questions and answers
  • Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence
  • Workshops at college

Functional Skills level 2 in Maths and English if required, one day a week for 6 weeks for each subject with an exam at the end.

17 Workshops at King’s Lynn campus.

Training in school covers:

  • Child Protection/Prevent
  • Health and Safety
  • Moving and Handling (if applicable)

Other specialist training around specific types of educational needs dependent on the children you are working with.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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