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Teaching Assistant Apprentice THE SHAW EDUCATION TRUST

We are looking to appoint a highly effective and motivated Teaching Assistant to join our wonderful SEND team. Our new colleague will be confident in establishing constructive relationships and interacting with students according to their individual needs. The role will focus on supporting students who have significant barriers to their learning.

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Closing date: 27 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,412.00 - £13,594.00

  • Working week

    8. 25 am – 2.45pm including lunch break, days TBC.

    Total hours per week: 31.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    30 May 2022

  • Date posted

    12 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Statement of Purpose

To work under the direct instruction of teaching staff, usually in the classroom with the

teacher. Provide specific support to the teacher in the care of pupils and management of

the classroom. Work may be undertaken in the classroom or outside the main teaching



Assist teachers in the following:


Support to Pupils

  • Provide pastoral support to pupils within the school environment.
  • Assist children in matters of personal needs and their general health including first

aid and welfare matters.

  • Provide structured support in accordance with specific work programmes designed

and supervised by individual teachers

  • To contribute to raising standards by ensuring high expectations are promoted for


  • Involvement in the implementation of Individual Education / Behaviour / Support /

Mentoring plans.

  • Arrange medical/dental visits as appropriate.
  • Provide general support to pupils, ensuring their safety, by complying with good H&S


  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as


  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.


Support to Teacher

  • Provide structured support in accordance with specific work programmes designed

and supervised by individual teachers.

  • Support the teacher in the development and implementation of Individual Education /

Behaviour Plans.

  • Assist in maintaining classroom discipline through the implementation of the schools
  • behaviour management strategies.
  • Provide support to pupils to achieve learning goals, e.g. guided reading.
  • Supervise pupils for a particular curriculum activity under the supervision and

guidance of a qualified teacher.

  • Assist the teacher with the planning of learning activities.
  • Assist the teacher in monitoring pupils’ responses to learning activities and

accurately record achievement/progress as directed.

  • Co-ordinate and organise pupils attending extra-curricular activities/work experience

or other out of school activities under guidance of teacher.

  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress,

problems etc.

  • Provide general admin support, for classroom activities e.g. produce worksheets for

agreed activities etc.


Support to Curriculum

  • To provide support in literacy / numeracy / SEN strategies.
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and

independence in its use.

  • Contribute to curriculum planning, evaluation and implementation.
  • Contribute to development of school policies and procedures by participation in

working groups.

  • Contribute to the development, preparation and dissemination of appropriate




  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons you are

responsible for or come into contact with.


In addition to the ability to perform the duties of the post, issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children will need to be demonstrated these will include;


  • Motivation to work with children and young people.
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with

children and young people.

  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours and;
  • Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline.


Support to School (this list is not exhaustive and should reflect the ethos of the 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, support and ensure equal opportunities for all.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development

as required.

  • Assist with pupil needs as appropriate during the school day.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Understanding of relevant policies/codes of practice.
  • Understanding of areas of learning, e.g. literacy, numeracy, science, SEND or relevant Key
  • Use of other equipment/technology – video, photocopier.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills to be able to relate well to a wide range of people.
  •  Work constructively as part of a team whilst being able to demonstrate initiative.
  • Able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Effective use of ICT to support learning.
  • Willing to work towards NVQ Level 3 or recognised

Personal qualities

  • Customer focused.
  • Has a professional and respectful approach, which demonstrates support and shows mutual respect.
  • Can demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Takes responsibility and accountability.
  • Committed to the needs of the pupils, parents and other stakeholders.

Desired qualifications

  • Educated to GCSE Level or has equivalent numeracy/literacy skills.
  • Completion of DfES Teacher Assistant Induction Programme.
  • NVQ 2 for Teaching Assistants (or demonstrate equivalent knowledge skills and experience.
  • First aid training as appropriate (e.g. emergency first aid course).

Future prospects

Potential to get full-time employment on completion of the apprenticeship.

About the employer

As a forward thinking secondary school we are passionate about inclusion and we are looking for someone who shares the same drive and commitment. 


The Westleigh School enjoys a successful partnership with the Shaw Education Trust, which is a growing multi academy trust led by an Executive Leadership Team steeped in school leadership and improvement experience. Working with the Shaw Education Trust also allows colleagues to access a large range of well-established training opportunities and work alongside like-minded professionals across a range of schools. 


The Shaw Education Trust offer the following benefits with your employment:


  • An excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement from your first day of employment (28 days holiday rising to 30 days after 5  years’ service + Paid Bank Holidays)
  • Access to health and wellbeing support via Occupational Health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to our Institute of Education and fantastic opportunities to help you grow, contribute and flourish in your role and in the Trust.


At The Westleigh School, each pupil can feel that they belong to a caring and supportive environment.  The school/academy is committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of students and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo appropriate child protection screening including a DBS check.





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Training provider


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


Katy Ash

Training Provider:

  • Ixion Holdings will provide the Apprenticeship Standard.
  • Ixion Holdings will complete functional skills where necessary.
  • Ixion Holdings will ensure Health & Safety, and Equality & Diversity are embedded throughout the course.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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