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Teaching Assistant Apprentice Ormiston Forge Academy

To provide a comprehensive support service to students with SEND and who have Inclusive Needs. Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice Standard.

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Closing date: 03 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

    Monday to Friday - 30 hours/week term-time. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    10 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available


  • Work with individual SEN pupils in the classroom under the direct supervision of teaching staff
  • Support pupils to understand instructions
  • Support independent learning and inclusion of all students
  • Support the teacher in behaviour management and keeping pupils on task
  • Acting as key-worker to low needs students on a fortnightly basis
  • Assist with the development and implementation of your key-workers OPP
  • Providing feedback to Success Centre Teaching Assistants on all key-worker students on a half termly basis
  • Completing the relevant paperwork (currently provision maps) to illustrate work carried out during keyworker sessions
  • Interventions with individuals as directed by Senior Leader Inclusion, SENCO, Success Centre Manager, Team Leaders
  • Carrying out duties within the Success Centre or on the yard during break and lunch times
  • Provide personal care for students as and when required

Training and Development

Training opportunities will be provided for new interventions and to enhance existing delivery of interventions where possible. Staff will also be responsible for maintaining their own CPD file.

Attend the Training day in September but the other 4 training days to be directed during holiday time to the Senior Leader Inclusion, Success Centre Manager and SENCo discretion.


Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Essential skills:

  • Evidence of competent IT skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively and proactively with colleagues and with parents/carers, children and adults within the academy
  • Good oral and written communication, problem solving and liaison skills
  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills
  • Ability to relate well with children, be an effective role model
  • Ability to motivate students to achieve success
  • Ability to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Ability to motivate and encourage students


  • Experience of working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Experience of or willingness to train, in order to offer personal care support to students with a physical disability

Personal qualities


  • Enjoy working as part of a team and working proactively with a wide range of personalities
  • Self-motivated
  • High level of initiative
  • Determined
  • Sound judgement
  • Calm under pressure
  • Personable and approachable
  • Professional in appearance, manner and attitude
  • Sense of humour
  • Patience and tolerance
  • Willingness to be flexible
  • Good record of attendance and punctuality

Desired qualifications

GCSE or equivalent in maths and English at Grade C/4 or above or, Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English

Future prospects

Could secure a full-time role with the academy upon completion of this apprenticeship

Things to consider

Please consider whether you can survive on an apprentice salary for the next 12 months.

About the employer

Ormiston Forge Academy is an oversubscribed secondary Academy and sixth form located in the Old Hill area of Cradley Heath, West Midlands, England. We have around 1,600 students aged between 11 and 19. In March 2016 and October 2019, the Academy was graded Good by Ofsted, making us ‘Two Good’ in our educational provision.

Generations of families have attended Forge and we have a strong alumni programme where former students can stay in touch. But for us it’s about knowing. We get to know each and every child, we know families and we all work together.

The Forge family is everything we do. It is our philosophy, our success, our failure and a home. It is a welcoming, safe and passionate environment that allows us all to be the best we can be, and it drives our values of resilience, aspiration and respect. The Forge family embraces us all and doesn’t judge, through others it gives us the strength to build our community and make it the beating heart of all we do. You’ll experience some of those beats on this website. You can find the practical information too but understanding what makes being a Forge student so special is different. It’s what makes us good, all day, every day. It’s about the Forge life.

We hope that you enjoy your Forge journey.


Ormiston Forge Academy


Wrights Lane

Cradley Heath

B64 6QU

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Training provider

Let Me Play Ltd

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Let Me Play Ltd


Anthony Lowe 0788 1922192

  • Level 3 Standard Teaching Assistant
  • Functional skills in English, maths and ICT (if applicable)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

This training programme focuses on developing classroom delivery and work within schools. The qualification aims to grow your existing skillset in the following key areas:

  • Increased mastery of the critical stages of child and adolescent development
  • Enhance understanding of the types of influences that can affect this development
  • Become fully adept in supporting teachers with the planning of activities, as well as creating own activity plans
  • Evaluation of personal performance in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy, and ICT
  • Amplify knowledge of safeguarding, and emergency procedures
  • Understand legislation with regard to confidentiality, data protection, and information sharing

All candidates take part in an initial intense training programme at the start of the selection process. During this period our experienced staff will prepare candidates for their placements by giving them the foundations that they will need for securing a placement. Our Employability team will also be there to support with interview skills ready for a placement interview.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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