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Apprentice Teaching Assistant THE SHAW EDUCATION TRUST

To work under guidance to provide classroom support to pupils, under the direction of the Headteacher and Senior Teaching Assistant, whilst addressing the needs of pupils who require support, to help them overcome barriers to learning.

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Closing date: 14 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    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

    8.45am - 3.45pm Monday - Friday with a 1 hour fortnightly meeting

    Total hours per week: 32.50

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    17 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

Duties will include:

Support for the Teacher:

  • Where appropriate, working with an experienced TA, taking charge of a group or class at short notice or planned under the direction and control of the Principal or other designated member of staff
  • Support pupils’ access to learning using appropriate strategies, resources etc.
  • Work with other staff in planning, evaluating and adjusting learning activities as appropriate
  • Monitor and evaluate pupils’ responses and progress against action plans through observation and planned recording
  • Under direction of teacher, provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required to other staff and multi-agency professionals on pupils’ achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence (e.g. Principal)
  • Assist in keeping and updating records as agreed with other staff, contributing to reviews of systems/records as requested
  • Assist in the development and implementation of appropriate behaviour management strategies
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers, exchanging information, facilitating their support for their child’s attendance, access and learning and supporting home to school and community links
  • Assist the teacher in the development, implementation and monitoring of systems relating to attendance and integration
  • Clerical/admin support relating to classroom activity e.g. dealing with correspondence, compilation/analysis/reporting on attendance, exclusions etc. and making phone calls etc.
  • Co-ordinate and organise pupils attending extracurricular activities/work experience or other out of school activities under guidance of teacher
  • Administrative tasks linked with producing and maintaining Statements/Educational Health Care Plans

Support to Pupils:

  • Provide pastoral support to pupils within the school environment
  • Attend to pupils’ personal needs and provide advice to assist in their social, health and hygiene development on a daily basis
  • Participate in the comprehensive assessment of pupils to determine those in need of particular help
  • In conjunction with the teacher, the development and implementation of Education, Health Care Plans, Individual Education/Behaviour/Support/Mentoring plans
  • Support provision for pupils with additional needs
  • Use specialist knowledge/experience to provide appropriate support to pupils in relation to their individual needs (e.g. daily exercise programme, SCIPr)
  • Provide feedback to pupils and teachers in relation to progress, achievement, behaviour, attendance etc.
  • *Specialist language support to individuals/ groups where English is not the first language
  • To facilitate the pupil’s development and skills in the use of resources including IT
  • To maintain pupils’ interest and motivation

Support for the Curriculum:

  • Implement agreed learning activities/teaching programmes under direction of the teacher
  • To be aware of and appreciate a range of activities, courses, organisations and individuals to provide support for pupils
  • Under direction of teacher determine the need for, prepare and use specialist equipment, plans and resources to support pupils

Support to Medical:

  • Under the direction of the school nurse and Senior TA, administer controlled medication and undertake enteral feeding procedures
  • Maintain the medication charts and controlled drugs registers
  • Responsible for logging in and out of school medication
  • Implement the school medication policy when administering and storing the medication
  • Report any concerns to the school nurse, Senior TA, SLT

Support to School:

  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons you are responsible for or come into contact with
  • 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 and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Liaise effectively with teachers/parents/guardians, welfare officers, health visitors and other professional staff as part of the routine consultative process
  • Support and contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Attend relevant meetings/training as required, e.g. CPR, Emergency Procedures and Administration of Medication
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes
  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others
  • To contribute to the development of and maintain Academy policies and procedures
  • Preparation of rooms, equipment and displays, ensuring that any Health and Safety issues are appropriately reported
  • Maintain Academy routine
  • To promote high standards of behaviour and British values throughout the Academy in accordance with Positive Behaviour Policy
  • Develop and implement Positive Relationship Plans, Risk Assessments and  Individual Education Pans in collaboration with colleagues from the education and Therapy Team
  • Confident and physically fit to use physical intervention in line with the school policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Sensitivity and understanding for building good relationships with children
  • Excellent verbal communication skills for motivating children to learn
  • Active listening skills to understand the children’s needs
  • The ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • The ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Personal qualities

  • Be reliable, enthusiastic, and flexible
  • Show commitment to quality in all areas 
  • Be a creative thinker
  • Have a good sense of humour
  • Passionate
  • Team player
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • To be flexible and open to change for working on different activities
  • To enjoy working with other people

Desired qualifications

  • Maths and English GCSE, or equivalents, A-D/8-4

Future prospects

  • A full time position may be offered on completion of the apprenticeship

Things to consider

  • The successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check

About the employer

Welcome to Blackfriars Academy, a very special place to be educated, where every student is valued as an individual. As staff, we work in partnership with parents and carers, taking our responsibility very seriously to provide a personalised education that breaks down barriers to learning and equipping students for the next stage in their lives.

Our learning community comprises approx. 115 students aged between 11-19 and over 70 staff, all working towards the goal of supporting students with profound and complex or moderate or severe learning needs and profound and complex needs to reach their potential, be it GCSE passes and BTEC accreditation, independent travel on public transport, the vocabulary to make simple choices or improved communication skills. We are special because we provide an outstanding educational experience for a vast range of needs in a supportive and caring atmosphere where students blossom in our inclusive environment.

The underlying philosophy that underpins all that we do in our academy is that students learn best when they feel valued, where their barriers to learning are understood and catered for, where learning is creative and meaningful and where they are active participants in their learning journey. Our team of fabulously committed and trained staff do not work alone in creating this positive environment, we are lucky enough to work alongside physiotherapists, speech therapists, medical and social agencies, working together to meet the needs of our students.




Blackfriars Academy

Priory Road

Newcastle Under Lyme


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Limited


Adam Docherty 07718 485875

Training Provider:

  • Ixion Holdings will provide the Apprenticeship Standard
  • Ixion Holdings will complete functional skills where necessary
  • Ixion Holdings will ensure Health and Safety, and Equality and Diversity is embedded in training


  • Positive behaviour (SCIPr)
  • Administration of Medication
  • Manual Handling
  • Basic Makaton
  • Enteral Feeding

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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