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Apprentice Early Years Teaching Assistant Collaborative Schools Ltd

There are vacancies at all of the Trust’s schools, and we will consider which school would be the best fit for each candidate. Our apprentices work under the direct instruction of teaching staff and Higher Level Teaching Assistants we provide the very highest quality mentors, alongside engaged Leadership support, to ensure our apprentices thrive.

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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 08:45am to 15:15pm 30 minute lunch break The position is 30 hours per week, 52 weeks per year incorporating self-study and Continual Professional Development (CPD).

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    13 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    22 Nov 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

We are seeking four friendly and caring apprentices to begin their Early Years careers with the Mead Trust. There are vacancies at all of the Trust’s schools, and we will consider which school would be the best fit for each candidate. However, geography to home address will be considered and please tell us in your application if you have a particular preference for school or location.

Our apprentices work under the direct instruction of teaching staff and Higher Level Teaching Assistants; we provide the very highest quality mentors, alongside engaged Leadership support, to ensure our apprentices thrive.

We want to appoint people who are:

  • Passionate about improving learning opportunities for all children
  • Able to form positive relationships with staff, children, and families
  • Committed to valuing and supporting the development of each child
  • Motivated to develop their skills
  • Flexible, with a strong commitment to teamwork
  • Energetic and enthusiastic with a good sense of humour

We recognise the contribution every member of our staff makes, and in return for their dedication we provide:

  • An excellent working environment
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues across the Trust
  • Warm and enthusiastic children who are keen to learn and deserve the best
  • A commitment to high quality professional development
  • A Zoom account
  • The opportunity to increase your skills and knowledge with a National College account, where you can access training courses online for free

A buddy, who provides support for as long as is needed to help our starters become a part of the Mead family as quickly as possible

Regular tasks

  • Supervise and support children, ensuring their safety and access to learning
  • Encourage children to interact with others and engage in activities
  • Encourage children to act independently, as appropriate
  • Prepare classroom environments as directed and assist with displaying children’s work.
  • Be aware of children’s needs, progress and attainment
  • Support the classroom team to manage behaviour, as needed
  • Gather and report information to and from parents and carers, as directed
  • Prepare and maintain equipment and resources as directed
  • Be aware of, and comply with, the policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and GDPR
  • Accompany teaching staff and children on visits and out of school activities, as may be reasonably directed
  • Contribute to the overall life of the school
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required

    Vision and values
  • Vision aligned with the Trust’s high aspirations, and holds high expectations of self and others
  • Determined to secure outstanding learning and progress for every child
  • Deep commitment to a collegiate approach and to working with others as a means of securing the best outcomes for children

  • Value and respect the views and needs of children
  • Have up to date knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance in relation to working with, and protection of children
  • Display commitment to protection and safeguarding the welfare of children
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional development in relation to safeguarding / child protection
  • Work with your mentor and class team to inform them of any safeguarding issues

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Demonstrate high standards of personal organisation
  • Be able to follow direction and use initiative
  • Highly positive, creative and energetic
  • Relish accountability and take personal responsibility for own actions
  • Able to build trust and mutual respect between pupils, families and staff
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development 

Personal qualities

Working in a school environment is both exciting challenging, and extremely rewarding. Our apprentices need to be:

  • Flexible
  • Reliable
  • Trustworthy
  • Discrete
  • Patient
  • Energetic
  • Warm and caring
  • Well presented

They also need to have:

  • A good health record 
  • A good and appropriate sense of humour
  • A good standard of spoken English

Desired qualifications

Hold 5 x GCSE grade A*-D (9-3), including English and maths.

Future prospects

May lead to permanent employment for the right candidate on completion of the apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Willingness to undergo an enhanced DBS check performed by the Employer/school
Must be able to get to and from the place of work in a safe and timely manner.

About the employer

The Mead Trust is made up of three primary schools in Wiltshire: The Mead School and Castle Mead School in Trowbridge and River Mead School in Melksham. We are proud that each of our three schools are graded as Good by Ofsted. The schools are individual learning communities, and their differences are valued. All of our schools foster a supportive and collaborative environment so that each school, teacher and pupil can learn from each other.

All of our schools have an on-site purpose built nursery, and they all accept Universal and Extended Funding. The nurseries at Castle Mead and River Mead Schools accept children aged 2 and over, whilst the nurseries at The Mead (on both the Hilperton and Wingfield sites) enrol children from their third birthday.

We recognise the importance of providing a nurturing, playful, safe environment for very young children, and the huge contribution they make to our school environments.


Collaborative Schools Ltd


Mascroft Road


BA14 6GD

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Wiltshire College


Wiltshire College and University Centre Apprenticeship Team 0845 345 2235

Level 3 Teaching Assistant
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Functional Skills (English and maths) if required

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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