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Teaching Assistant Apprentice The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

Working under the direct instruction of teaching staff, your time will mostly be spent in the classroom with the teacher. You will provide specific support to the teacher in the care of pupils and management of the classroom. Some work may be undertaken in the classroom or outside the main teaching area.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    8.00am – 4.00pm. Days TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    01 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Day to day? You will provide:

Support to Pupils:

  • Pastoral support to pupils within the school environment
  • Assist children in matters of personal needs and their general health including first aid and welfare matters
  • Structured support in line with specific work programmes designed and supervised by individual teachers
  • Contribute to raising standards by ensuring high expectations are promoted for pupils
  • Involvement in the implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour/Support/ Mentoring plans
  • General support to pupils, ensuring their safety, by complying with good H&S practice
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher

Support to Teacher:

  • Provide structured support in line with specific work programmes designed/supervised by individual teachers
  • Support the teacher in the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans
  • Assist in maintaining classroom discipline
  • Provide support to pupils to achieve learning goals, e.g. guided reading
  • Supervise pupils for a particular curriculum activity under the supervision and guidance of a qualified teacher
  • Assist the teacher with the planning of learning activities
  • Assist the teacher in monitoring pupils’ responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/progress as directed
  • Co-ordinate and organise pupils attending extra-curricular activities/work experience or other out of school activities under guidance of teacher
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc.
  • Provide general admin support, for classroom activities e.g. produce worksheets for agreed activities etc.

Support to Curriculum:

  • Support in literacy/numeracy/SEN strategies
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use
  • Contribute to curriculum planning, evaluation and implementation
  • Contribute to the development, preparation and dissemination of appropriate materials


  • Promote and safeguard welfare of children and young persons you are responsible for/come into contact with

Support to School:

  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of, support and ensure equal opportunities for all
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Assist with pupil needs as appropriate during the school day

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • A good communicator, organised, with effective interpersonal skills and a cheerful disposition
  • Experienced working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team to achieve excellence
  • Able to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated
  • An exemplary practitioner with knowledge, understanding and experience of quality provision
  • Motivated to work with children and young people
  • Emotionally resilient working with challenging behaviours and attitudes to use of authority and discipline

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE (or equivalent) – English and maths (Grade C or above)

Future prospects

As with any apprenticeship opportunity, if you prove yourself to be a valuable member of the team, there is a strong chance of a permanent post within the business. 

Things to consider

  • Access to first class CPD opportunities. We also work in partnership with Nottingham Teaching School Alliance to deliver meaningful and relevant CPD. Our Leadership Academy identifies and develops future leaders
  • Genuine opportunities for career progression - with 21 academies in our family and 84 academies across the Diocese, opportunities for career progression are a reality
  • Professional assistance - you will have access to an Employee Assistance Programme which provides confidential, independent and unbiased information and guidance 24/7. If clinically advisable, it also offers face-to-face counselling sessions
  • Pension - automatic enrolment into the Teachers’ Pension Scheme with 23.68% employer contributions, or to the Local Government Pension Scheme for support staff, one of the most competitive on the market, with employer contributions of above 20% in most cases
  • Terms and conditions - we have committed to following nationally agreed terms and conditions for pay for both teachers and support staff

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

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About the employer

The Good Shepherd Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy opened in 1951. Located in Woodthorpe, Nottingham, it is a larger than average primary school, serving more than 400 children in the area. The school was judged ‘outstanding’ in its latest Diocesan Canonical inspection and is currently rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The school believes in the Whole Child Approach to learning and strives to create an environment where every member of its community feels safe, loved, valued, respected and challenged and can therefore go on to experience success.

The school sets high standards and expectations for its pupils and instils in everyone a desire to fulfil their potential and achieve their life goals.

A broad and balanced curriculum is offered, enriched with visitors, school trips, events and activities to inspire each child in the joy of learning. The school nurtures and develops unique and individual talents and provides memories that sustain children beyond their time at school and helps equip them for later life.

The school is proud of its strong community, with supportive staff, governors and parents and values its close links with its parish and priests of The Good Shepherd Church, Woodthorpe.

The Gospel message is the focus of school life, not only in prayer and celebration, but through actions, relationships, learning opportunities and play, and The Good Shepherd Primary Catholic Academy is a lively, thriving and nurturing environment in which children can enjoy learning and growing enriched by the presence of God.

Our school is part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust which brings together the 21 Catholic Primary and Secondary schools in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.  Our priority is to ensure the very best Catholic Education for all young people in our community, whatever their circumstances. We will achieve this together, through a strategic approach to sharing best practice, effective challenge and support from a central standards and performance team and opportunities for high quality Continuing Professional Development offered by the CMAT’s teaching school, The Nottingham Catholic Teaching School Alliance.


The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School


Somersby Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by CT Skills


Lesley 07971102290

  • Level 3 Teaching and Learning

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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