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Apprentice Teaching Assistant in LKS2 Castle Park School

To complement the professional work of teachers by supporting learning activities, in line with Castle Park School policies and guidance. This will involve supporting learning activities for individuals/groups and for whole classes.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £172.00

    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

    Monday - Friday, hours can range from 07:45 - 17:30 according to allocated timetable up to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Term Time only - 39 weeks plus 5 days inset days. Part of your contracted working hours will be at Kendal College.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    21 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001727340

  • Positions

    1 available

During the day, you will work together with the class team to support pupils with classroom activities. There will be opportunities to work alongside experienced teachers and teaching assistants to organise and lead learning activities to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and skills across the curriculum. Time will also be spent supporting children during lunchtimes and in our extended school (Breakfast School, Club and After School Club).

Excellent communication and enthusiasm will be key in supporting all pupils to progress and achieve their potential. You will support all areas of the curriculum, differentiated to meet the needs of the pupils within the classroom.

You will be required to assist with teacher administration tasks and also accompany teaching staff and pupils on educational visits and other out-of-school activities. You will act as a professional role model for pupils and be a positive influence on their behaviour at school. It is important that you demonstrate maturity and excellence in all that you do.

All of the below will be carried out under the guidance of experienced school practitioners:

  • Develop good relationships with children
  • Learn the skills to be an effective Teaching Assistant
  • Model appropriate professional, positive behaviour with pupils
  • Be confident communicating with parents, carers, and external agencies
  • Work with small groups or individuals following the teacher’s planning / direction
  • Supervise small groups indoors and outdoors
  • Carry out observations and assessments of the children and feed back to the class teacher
  • Keep any information discussed in school confidential
  • Follow the schools Child Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Support children at lunchtimes including encouraging good table manners and healthy eating Support learning and care provision in the Before and After School Clubs including preparing snacks, leading play activities (indoors and outdoors) and communicating with parents
  • To be a reliable and friendly member of the team
  • Help to create a stimulating environment for the children indoors and outdoors, for example, making displays
  • Have a professional attitude to all work and other members of staff
  • Be willing to support children with personal care e.g. toileting / dressing
  • Drive own development by actively participating in mentor sessions
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach showing initiative and resilience to complete tasks
  • Support teacher’s administration and supervision duties including photocopying, organising / making resources / playground duty
  • Help on school educational visits / outdoor activities and follow all risk assessments
  • Take part in school training and school continuous professional development as required
  • Complete all coursework as required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent personal organisational skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Evidence of relevant in-service training or further qualifications

Personal qualities

  • Enjoys spending time with children
  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to young people
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate training
  • Calmness under pressure
  • Polite and professional
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to identify and meet the needs of young people
  • Capacity to work on own initiative and under own supervision
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and effective manner with adults and young people
  • Ability to work co-operatively with teachers, administrative staff and pupils and to offer and accept assistance as necessary

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Future prospects

Once the candidate has completed their apprenticeship, they will have the skills to work as a teaching assistant in a Nursery or Early Years setting / school.

Things to consider

Candidates will need to be dressed appropriately for working with children aged 3-5 years, both indoors and outdoors.


About the employer

Castle Park is a Primary school (including a nursery) located just outside Kendal town, providing an education for 3-11-year-old pupils.  This successful academy has a strong commitment to high quality learning, in and out of the classroom, and a determination to ensure that each individual pupil develops and achieves to their full potential.  There are currently 321 pupils on roll. It is a popular school with classes often oversubscribed.

Employer

Castle Park School

Address

Sedbergh Road

Kendal

LA9 6BE

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Training

Training provider

KENDAL COLLEGE

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Kendal College

Contact

Neil Stoker 01539 790440 admin@castle-park.cumbria.sch.uk

Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Online safeguarding courses and ongoing practical training will be part of the programme.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)


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