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Apprentice Teaching Assistant Abbotsmede County Primary School

To work under the guidance of the class teacher in the planning and implementation of work programmes with individuals, groups of individuals or the whole class to promote effective teaching and learning throughout the school day.

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Closing date: 06 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

    Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am & 4pm

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    21 months

  • Possible start date

    13 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    10 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Job purpose:

  • To work under the guidance of the class teacher in the planning and implementation of work programmes with individuals, groups of individuals or the whole class to promote effective teaching and learning throughout the school day   
  • During the short-term absence of the class teacher, a Level 3 teaching assistant may be required to supervise the whole class and deliver pre prepared activities. This will include management of the support staff in the class
  • To provide general support to the class teacher in the management and organisation of the classroom
  • To assist the teacher in creating and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive learning environment
  • To promote the inclusion of all pupils/students, ensuring they have equal opportunities to learn and develop
  • To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school

Key External Contacts:

  • Parents, carers

Key Internal Contacts

  • Headteacher, class teacher, support staff, pupils

Duties and responsibilities:

Support for Pupils/Students:

  • To support working relationship with the pupils/students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • To support pupils/students learning in the most effective way
  • To meet the personal needs of pupils/students whilst encouraging their independence
  • To support pupils/students through the delivery of specific learning programmes and to contribute to setting EHCP targets and to EHCP annual reviews
  • To encourage pupils/students to interact and work co-operatively, ensuring all pupils/students are actively engaged in learning activities
  • To promote the inclusion of all pupils/students ensuring they have equal access to learning opportunities in all areas of the curriculum and throughout the school day
  • To provide feedback to pupils/students and the class teacher in relation to pupils’/students’ progress and achievement
  • Provide personal and intimate care when required
  • To safeguard and protect the well-being of pupils/students in line with Trust policy and procedures
  • To deliver therapeutic programmes devised by external professionals
  • To provide any specialist interventions or teaching approaches for which you have received the appropriate training e.g. SALT, RWI and Lego Therapy and etc.
  • To assist with the general pastoral care of pupils/students, including the administration of medication, first aid and helping pupils/students who are unwell, distressed or unsettled

Support for the Teacher:

  • To work closely with the teacher to assist in the planning, development and delivery of all areas of the curriculum 
  • In the short-term unplanned absence of the teacher, to cover all pre prepared activities to provide continuity for the pupils/students. This will include management of support staff in the class
  • As required, to prepare the classroom/outside areas for lessons, ensuring that resources and equipment are available and cleared away at the end of the lessons as appropriate
  • To work on classroom displays following consultation with the teacher
  • To observe, monitor and evaluate pupils’/students’ responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies determined by the teacher
  • Be responsible for keeping and updating pupils/students records as agreed and contributing to reviews of systems as required
  • Promote positive values and attitudes
  • To support the teacher with positive behaviour management in line with the schools Behaviour policy
  • To provide general clerical/admin support
  • Update and accurately record information using the schools electronic record system e.g., medical, safeguarding, attendance and behaviour

Support for the Curriculum:

  • To assist in the development of social, communication and life skills
  • Implement agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil/student responses and needs
  • To help adapt and plan the development of resources necessary to lead learning activities, taking into account pupils’/students’ interests, language, and cultural backgrounds
  • Support the use of technologies to promote pupils/students access to learning in all areas of the curriculum

Support for the School:

  • To provide support for pupils/students emotional and social needs by encouraging and modelling positive behaviour in line with school policy
  • To accompany teaching staff and pupils/students on visits, trips and out of school activities as required within contracted hours and to take responsibility for pupils/students under the supervision of the teacher
  • To contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the school
  • Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/ professionals, in liaison with the teacher, to support pupil/student progress
  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others
  • Provide appropriate guidance and supervision and assist in training and development of staff as appropriate assist with the development of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security SEN/Inclusion, confidentiality, and data protection, reporting all concerns to the appropriate named person
  • To adhere to school health and safety policy including risk assessment and safety systems and to take appropriate action to identify, evaluate and minimise any risks to health, safety and security in the immediate working environment
  • To adhere to Trust policy on equality and diversity and to contribute to the values, culture, ethos, equalities, and inclusion policies of the school proactively promoting anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-discriminatory behaviours in the day-to-day operation of the job
  • To appreciate and support the role of other professionals

Personal & Professional Development:

  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training, other learning activities and performance development
  • To actively look for and participate in initiatives and opportunities to promote your own personal & professional development

Confidentiality and Data Protection:

  • To treat all information acquired through employment, both formally and informally, in strict confidence
  • To be aware of the school’s responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 2018 for the security, accuracy and relevance of personal data held on such systems and ensure that all processes comply with this

The above-mentioned duties are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out other relevant and/or reasonable duties as directed by their Head Teacher/Line Manager commensurate with the skills, abilities and grade of the post.

To be alert to issues of safeguarding, ensuring that the welfare and safety of children attending the School and to report any safeguarding concerns to the DSL as detailed within the safeguarding policy.

Prevent, identify and minimise risk of interpersonal abuse or violence, safeguarding children and other vulnerable people, initiating the management of cases involving actual or potential abuse or violence where needed.

Be aware of and update colleagues, as appropriate to comply with current legislation and policies affecting practice, e.g., Children’s Act, KCSIE (Keeping Children Safe in Education), National Service Frameworks, Safeguarding/Child Protection Procedures, Health and Safety and Data Protection.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively
  • Basic understanding of child development and learning
  • Good reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • The ability to manage groups of children and learn to cope with challenging behaviour
  • Good communication skills

Personal qualities

  • To be patient, energetic and enthusiastic
  • To be able to act with tact and diplomacy
  • The ability to build good working relationships with children, teachers, parents and carers
  • Be well presented
  • Be willing to work hard
  • Be prepared to get dirty and messy
  • Be friendly and cheerful
  • Flexibility and creativity
  • Willingness to undertake training as appropriate

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE English C/4 (or equivalent)
  • GCSE maths C/4 (or equivalent)

Future prospects

For a successful candidate, there may be the opportunity of a permanent position within the business. 

Things to consider

You will be required to undergo an enhanced disclosure to a DBS (disclosing and barring service) check.

About the employer

Abbottsmede Primary School is part of the Lime Acdemy Trust.


Abbotsmede County Primary School


Kingsley Road



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Training provider

City College Peterborough

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by City College Peterborough


Apprenticeships Department

  • Training will be provided by City College Peterborough
  • Training is work based, meaning you spend the majority of time within the workplace but will be released into college periodically if needed
  • Functional skills if needed
  • During this apprenticeship you will work towards the Teaching Assistant Standard: Level 3

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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