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Teaching Assistant Apprentice Harris Academy Falconwood

Teaching Assistant Apprentices form part of our dedicated team and will work as part of that team helping pupils to achieve their goals. They will support the class teacher in delivering the curriculum to all pupils.

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, Shifts to be confirmed, Term time only - 39 weeks.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    16 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Work with small groups on tasks designated by the teacher
  • Implement recording systems devised by the teacher
  • Contribute to and carry out agreed behaviour management programmes including implementing reward systems
  • Contribute to and carry out agreed individual pupil programmes devised by the teacher including feeding and drinking skills as appropriate
  • Assist the pupils in their intimate and personal hygiene needs as appropriate, taking account of individual development programmes
  • Support educational activities off site
  • Supervise pupils at play or leisure and develop their skills
  • Move non-ambulant pupils with due regard to their dignity and the safety of both pupils and staff and in accordance with advice given in any risk assessments
  • Be alert to child protection issues and promptly report any concerns to the Child Protection Liaison Officer, i.e. the Head Teacher
  • Be aware of the need to maintain a safe environment, reporting any urgent hazards promptly to the School Business Manager or the Head Teacher and record all faults in the file provided at reception
  • Be sensitive to the children's state of health, alerting the teacher or trained First Aider to any perceived problems
  • Support pupils’ emotional needs as required
  • Liaise with the class teacher and contribute to discussions on individual pupils
  • Communicate with each pupil in a manner appropriate to their age, ability and their mode and style of communication
  • Liaise with all members of the multi-disciplinary team including parents, volunteers and students
  • Take responsibility for passing on messages and information accurately
  • Become familiar with and abide by all school policies
  • Participate in the school in-service programme
  • Gain knowledge of individual pupil needs within the class group
  • Develop and maintain skills needed within the classroom (e.g. MAKATON signs and symbols, PODD, PECS and TEACCH), as required by pupils in the class
  • Undertake a programme of work, study and training designed to develop the skills and abilities of the apprentice to achieve a nationally recognised standard
  • Participate in the school's Performance Management System

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, with an excellent standard of written and spoken English
  • Good administrative and organisational skills
  • Ability to interest, encourage, motivate and engage children
  • Ability to work as part of a team; working effectively with people across a wide range of levels and responsibilities
  • Computer literate – must have good ICT skills including a working knowledge of MS packages e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel etc, as well as using and updating records and databases
  • Ability to work using own initiative, exercising good judgement where unsupervised
  • Flexibility of approach to work
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality; having tact and diplomacy where necessary

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone to join us to support a class of pupils, working under the direction of a class teacher.

The successful applicant will need the following qualities and ability to:

  • Work with small groups of pupils on directed tasks
  • Supervise pupils during play and leisure times
  • Support pupils when participating in off-site educational activities
  • Support teachers with implementing behaviour management programmes
  • Move and handle non-ambulant pupils

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE or equivalent grade C/4 or above in English and maths

Future prospects

  • Following successful completion of a Level 3 qualification individuals with the necessary expertise could move into classroom management posts within the school
  • This pathway also offers participants a doorway into the teaching profession. It offers the chance to work in an educational setting with children of all ages and the experience gained from this apprenticeship in a practical teaching environment is invaluable
  • Other career paths which employees from Woodlands have moved onto include physiotherapy, educational psychology, nursing and speech therapy

Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week), For more information please visit:

About the employer

We pride ourselves in creating a supportive community where our students are offered the best educational experience in order to develop confidence, self-belief and self-drive.

In September 2008 we joined the Harris Federation, a not-for-profit charity with 25 years of experience in education.  In joining the Harris Federation, we have become part of a family of more than forty happy and highly successful primary, secondary and sixth form providers in schools across London.  Being part of such a successful Federation allows our teachers and leaders to continue to develop their practice.


Harris Academy Falconwood


The Green


DA16 2PE

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by East Surrey College


Anthony Ogunyomi 020 8651 1131

Teaching Assistant level 3 Apprenticeship standard:

  • Training will be to the end point assessment
  • Functional Skills where needed

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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