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Learning Assistant (Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship) Castledon School

To work in partnership with class teachers to assist pupils with moderate needs & to support their learning in line with the national curriculum, codes of practice and school policies and procedures. You'll have the opportunity to earn a Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. Please be aware, these apprenticeships will not start until Sept 2021.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    8.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday (30-minutes for lunch).

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    21 months

  • Possible start date

    21 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    13 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

You will work with individuals or small groups of children under the direction of teaching staff and provide support to pupils with moderate learning, behavioural, communication, social, sensory, or physical difficulties.

Your duties will include:

  • Interact with, and support pupils, according to individual needs and skills
  • Implement planned learning activities/teaching programmes as agreed with the teacher, adjusting activities according to pupils’ responses as appropriate
  • Establish positive relationships with pupils supported
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to attainment and progress under the guidance of the teacher
  • Support pupils with activities which support literacy and numeracy skills
  • Support the use of ICT in the classroom and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use
  • To attend to pupils’ personal needs including help with social, welfare, care and health matters
  • Promote positive pupil behaviour in line with school policies and help keep pupils on task
  • Participate in planning and evaluation of learning activities with the teacher, writing reports and records as required
  • Assist with the development and implementation of IEPs
  • Monitor and record pupil responses and learning achievements, drawing any problems which cannot be resolved easily to the attention of the teacher
  • Assist the teacher and other staff in the implementation of care programmes
  • To support learning by selecting appropriate resources/methods to facilitate agreed learning activities
  • To assist with the preparation, maintenance and control of stocks of materials and resources
  • Liaise with staff and other relevant professionals and provide information about pupils as appropriate
  • To assist with the display and presentation of pupils’ work
  • To supervise pupils for limited and specified periods including break-times when the postholder should facilitate games and activities
  • To assist with escorting pupils on educational visits
  • To take part during activities e.g. swimming, PE

Other/general duties:

  • To understand and apply school policies in relation to health, safety and welfare
  • Attend relevant training and take responsibility for own development
  • Attend relevant school meetings as required
  • To respect confidentiality at all times
  • To participate in the performance and development review process, taking personal responsibility for identification of learning, development and training opportunities in discussion with line manager
  • To comply with individual responsibilities, in accordance with the role, for health & safety in the workplace
  • Ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the School’s Equal Opportunities Policy
  • To be prepared to take the school minibus test
  • The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment

The duties above are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the postholder may be required by the Headteacher to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job, skills and grade.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Successful experience working with children in a school/early years environment (desirable)
  • NVQ Level 2 in learning support/early years, NNEB or equivalent qualification/experience (desirable)
  • Good organisational skills

Personal qualities

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to support the work of volunteers and other teaching assistants in the classroom
  • Ability to manage own time effectively
  • Demonstrate creativity and an ability to resolve routine problems independently

Desired qualifications

  • Successful experience working with children in a school/early years environment (desirable)
  • NVQ Level 2 in learning support/early years, NNEB or equivalent qualification/experience (desirable)
  • Basic knowledge of First Aid
  • Good reading and writing skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Knowledge of basic ICT to support learning
  • Maths and English GCSE grade C/4 and above (or equivalent)

Future prospects

May lead to permanent role after successful completion of apprenticeship.

Things to consider

8.30am - 4.30pm Mon-Fri (30 mins for lunch).

Please be aware, these apprenticeships will not start until Sept 2021.

Castledon Primary School, 64 Bromfords Drive, Wickford, SS12 0PW.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

About the employer

We provide a personalised approach to learning, supporting each pupil by providing an extensive range of programmes and interventions both on and off site alongside smaller classes. Whilst all pupils need to be able to access their learning without the support of an adult, the pupils are given resources and equipped with the strategies they need to support the vision that all pupils will be given the skills for independent living and employment in adulthood.


Castledon School


Bromfords Drive


SS12 0PW

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Essex County Council


Megan Swords

The certificate will be Teaching Assistant Level 3 apprenticeship awarded by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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