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Apprentice - Learning Support Assistant in Year 6 Great Missenden C Of E Combined School

We are looking for key members of staff to join our excellent team Learning Support Staff, working with individual children and groups of children in our KS2 classes, which could include Years 3, 4, 5 or 6. This is a fixed term position for 15 months in our wonderful school, with potential to further progress your apprenticeship training.

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Closing date: 01 Jun 2022

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

    Your working week will be Monday to Friday, exclusive of meal breaks. This equates to 25 hours in class, plus 5 hours/20% allowance for training out of class. Shifts TBC. This is a term time only contract.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    14 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties and responsibilities:

  • The post-holder may be expected to work with individual children and groups of children, as directed. The following does not represent an exhaustive list, but gives an indication of the role

Planning and organisation:

  • To discuss and contribute to the teacher’s programme/plan for the lesson/day/week/term
  • To help adapt differentiated materials to enable children to access the curriculum
  • To assist with the general management and organisation of children and resources/equipment which relate to the support of children
  • To assist with the planning, organising and supervising of educational visits and outings

Classroom Preperation:

  • Under the direction of the class teacher, to prepare classroom and associated areas for use including preparing materials, and setting out equipment, apparatus etc
  • To clean and put away materials, equipment, and apparatus after use. Tidy classroom and associated areas
  • To make up and maintain work/topic cards/sheets/books and other teaching aids. Prepare work and notices for display purposes. Assist with/arrange displays and interest tables

Working with Children:

  • To work with and support individuals or groups of children on specific activities such as reading, writing, practical, creative, physical, recreational activities and environmental studies
  • To develop an understanding of the specific needs of pupils to be supported
  • To have an awareness of vulnerable groups of children including those pupils eligible for pupil premium funding
  • To promote and model creative, imaginative and constructive play with the children
  • To guide and assist the development of children’s social behaviour, attitudes, self-esteem and skills
  • To assist the class teacher and Inclusion Co-ordinator to develop suitable programmes of support and then carry out the support, within the classroom or in a withdrawal situation.
  • To provide feedback about pupils’ difficulties and progress to the class teacher and Inclusion Co-ordinator
  • To participate in the evaluation of support programmes with the class teacher and Inclusion Co-ordinator

To assist with the supervision of children:

  • Within classroom settings
  • During school assembly
  • At play/meal times
  • On outings and educational visits
  • Not participating in an activity

To help children constructively to participate in activities by adapting and/or interpreting lessons and instructions accordingly.

Care and welfare:

  • To administer support care/first aid, report injuries to appropriate authorities within the School and enter details in the accident book. To issue prescribed medication (following prior agreement with parents and in accordance with the School’s policy)
  • To care appropriately for children taken ill whilst at School and to inform/contact parents, once the Head Teacher has been notified
  • To ensure Health and Safety regulations are complied with at all times

Liasion and communication:

  • To liaise with other members of staff and multi-professional services
  • To contribute to Annual Review meetings as appropriate
  • To foster links between home and school as appropriate
  • To keep up to date with school initiatives and events by attending the weekly LSA meeting, or by checking the minutes of that meeting

Professional development:

  • To attend relevant courses, INSET and training days to develop experience and broaden awareness, expertise and skills
  • To participate with the School’s appraisal process

Commitment to the school:

  • To play a full part in the life of the School, attending a selection of charity and social events, sports days and PTA events to raise money for better school resources
  • To ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times, in line with the School’s Confidentiality Statement
  • To promote a positive image of the School among parents and in the wider community


  • To follow the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures
  • To report any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good basic level of education
  • Experience of working with young children, perhaps as a parent or voluntary worker

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • The needs of young children
  • Child development and the ways in which children learn
  • The roles played by various adults in a child’s education
  • Behaviour management strategies

Be able to:

  • Assist children on an individual basis, in small group and whole class work
  • Foster independence in a range of situations
  • Supervise children, and adhere to defined behaviour management policies
  • Liaise and communicate effectively with others
  • Ensure pupils are learning at every opportunity
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills
  • Support display work effectively, and make and maintain basic teaching resources

Personal qualities

  • Calm and organised approach to work under pressure
  • Adopt a reflective approach to work
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the school
  • Resilience, flexibility and the ability to retain a sense of perspective
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Demonstrates attributes of discretion, tact and diplomacy
  • Show initiative, drive and commitment to training and on-going improvement
  • Able to use initiative to prioritise workload
  • Able to work within a team and the wider community
  • Demonstrate a co-operative, reliable, ‘can do’ attitude, with good communication skills that allows effective communication at all levels of school staff, governors, pupils and visitors to the school
  • Fully compliant with the statutory requirements of legislation concerning ‘Safeguarding’ including Child Protection, Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Disability and Inclusion. Training will be provided

Desired qualifications

You must have GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent. 

If  you do not have the required grades the potential apprentice will have to undertake an initial assessment prior to accepting the position to check level of Math & English. If you reach the minimum level, you will be enrolled onto the apprenticeship and will need to attend college on a Wednesday for Maths / English or both.

Future prospects

Excellent additional training provided as part of the role in school with our team of staff and lots of opportunities to gain exposure to wider school practises.

Other opportunities to increase wages in school may be available such as overtime or a Midday Supervisor role, this is dependent on school requirements.

This is a fixed term position for 15 months in our wonderful school, with potential to further progress your apprenticeship training or into a permanent contract of employment.

Things to consider

All shortlisted applicants will be expected to:

Confirm their ability to travel to and from this place of work

Have a passion to study the qualification and a good understanding of the profession

Research the company before applying for this vacancy

Applicants will be expected to have researched how they will get to and from work taking into account access to own transport or public transport and the associated costs.

The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £4.30 per hour as of 1st of April 2021. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are currently £6.56 an hour for 18-20 year olds; £8.36 for anyone aged 21 to 24 and £8.91 for those over 25.

For apprentices aged 19 or over, once you reach the 2nd year of your apprenticeship you will be entitled to the national minimum wage for your age group.

About the employer

Great Missenden School is a delightful place to work. We are:

A Church School – living our school values of love, respect, faith, community, courage and truth.

A "Growth Mindset" school, teaching children and adults how to be determined and resilient learners.

A High Achieving School – we provide "Challenge for All", expecting all children to make strong progress whatever their level of ability.

An Inclusive School – we welcome children with obstacles to learning.

An Outstanding School – judged Outstanding in every category and sub-category at our last inspection in 2006, we have made continual improvements since then.

We are the founding school of The Great Learners Trust, which is a primary multi-academy trust based in Buckinghamshire. The Trust has expanded to a dynamic and innovative partnership of 7 schools and actively promotes teachers’ careers and development opportunities.

For the right candidate, we can offer: 

  • The opportunity to work as part of a friendly and supportive learning community including regular coaching, mentoring, modelling and positive feedback
  • Many and varied opportunities to foster your passions and talents
  • Manageable workloads and achievable deadlines

Children who have a love of learning, will ask questions and try their best.


Great Missenden C Of E Combined School


School House

Church Street

Great Missenden

HP16 0AZ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Aylesbury College


Vicky Munday 01494 862310

Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • As part of your apprenticeship you will be provided with 20% of overall working time to complete the required training for your L2 programme. Our school will provide you with a dedicated mentor, this person is a current member of our team and is there to support you
  • We will also provide Safeguarding training and other LSA specific training including effective in class support, Talk for Reading, Talk for Writing and Maths Mastery. Plus other training as identified by LSA's

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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