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Apprentice Learning Support Assistant/Teaching Assistant (SEND) Maidenhill School

To work under guidance helping to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people with regard to the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and Area of Child Protection Procedures. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.

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Closing date: 22 Aug 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

    Shifts TBC

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

To work under guidance helping to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people with regard to the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and Area of Child Protection Procedures.

Support & Deliver Learning – Supporting Teachers

  • Work effectively as part of the SEND team and with other teaching staff in addressing the special educational needs of students and contributing in a more general manner to the quality of teaching and learning.  This includes attending various meetings where there are relevant items on the agenda – especially SEND annual review meetings.

Support and complement the work of other teachers by:

  • Preparing resources for the lessons such as differentiated worksheets
  • Responding to individual needs by personalising resources for an individual or a small group
  • Supporting the teacher in behaviour management and reinforcing agreed rules in working with students
  • Assisting with assessing, recording and reporting (including verbal feedback to teacher and parents) on student progress and attainment. N.B. Work should always be marked against set criteria
  • Planning with a teacher specific strategies and targets for improvement, e.g. assist in the compilation, implementation and review of My Plans
  • Be familiar with a range of resources suitable for individual or small group needs and use them to ensure student motivation.
  • Work with and act upon guidance provided by members of the SEND team, and other professionals such as Speech Therapists and Educational Psychologists.
  • In accordance with the School’s policies and procedures, report to the appropriate teacher any incidents of disruptive or unacceptable behaviour of students that may not be known to the teaching staff.
  • Liaise with the SEND team and class teachers regarding progress made, problems arising, and any difficulties with accessing work and/or resources.
  • Be punctual and begin and end withdrawal lessons on time.
  • Set a good example in terms of personal presentation, attendance and punctuality.
  • Comply with all school policies – particularly those on child protection, Health and Safety, confidentiality and data protection.
  • Support members of staff in providing a safe learning environment.
  • Contribute to the all-round development of students by assisting on school outings and various activities.
  • Undertake the role of Key Worker with a small number of students with EHCPs.
  • Support & Deliver Learning – Supporting Students
  • Assist in the promotion of development and learning (physical, emotional and behavioural).
  • Work to develop inclusion of all students within a lesson.  This may be done by encouraging students to work collaboratively, by ensuring equitable access to resources or by further developing the use of ICT in lessons.
  • Be familiar with a range of teaching resources and strategies suitable for the needs of individuals or small groups and use them effectively, e.g.
  • Develop students’ cognitive skills by reinforcing concepts or terminology or discussing a query raised by a student – thus enabling students to understand the subject matter and task
  • Develop students’ problem-solving skills by providing opportunities for developing investigative skills, and encouraging students to use a variety of information sources and to seek a range of solutions
  • Assist in the development of skills which aid students’ learning, e.g. time management
  • Give assistance by means of prompts, suggestions and hints to enable to the learner to solve the problem/complete the task
  • Translate tasks at student level by restructuring the task into graded, achievable steps and provide appropriate resources to enable the student to turn potential into success
  • Encourage students to explain and understand their though processes
  • Encourage students to work independently when appropriate, so they take responsibility more for their own learning and develop greater self-confidence, independence and pride in their own work
  • Enable students to become effective members of a group by ensuring they understand and follow the roles expected in group situations
  • Encourage students to build on existing effective relationships in order to share ideas and opinions with peers and adults
  • Assist in the personal and social care of the students e.g. by giving time to listen to their concerns, to enable students to feel valued and respected
  • Assist identified students on arrival, during movement time and departure from the school
  • Act in accordance with the School’s policies and procedures, in particular those relating to SEND, Child Protection and Disability Discrimination

Health and Safety:

  • Be aware of the responsibility for personal Health, Safety and Welfare and that of others who may be affected by your actions or inactions
  • Co-operate with the employer on all issues to do with Health, Safety and Welfare

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills with students, staff and senior leaders 
  • Ability to work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your position within the team

These skills are ESSENTIAL to this position.

Personal qualities

  • Positive and energetic
  • Reliable and hard working
  • Punctual
  • Resilient
  • Flexible
  • Self-motivated and well-organised
  • Enthusiasm
  • Patience
  • Sense of humour and fun
  • Empathetic to the needs of others
  • Ability to motivate students to want to learn
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Effective use of equipment and resources to support learning
  • Willingness to uphold and apply school policy in relation to the promotion of positive student behaviour and attitude to learning

Desired qualifications

GCSE Grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths, English Language are essential and knowledge or use of ICT preferred.

Having the right attitude, work ethic and commitment to your education as well as your employment are essential requirements to this role. 

Future prospects

For the right candidate a full-time position may be available.

Things to consider

The successful candidate must be aged over 18 due to the content of the role and as it is a secondary school.

Enhanced DBS check mandatory.

About the employer

As a small school, we pride ourselves in knowing our students really well and treating each child as an individual. We are a close, learning community and we are determined that students will achieve their personal best in everything they do, both within the classroom and beyond. Student achievement is at the heart of everything we do.


Maidenhill School


Kings Road


GL10 2HA

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND STROUD COLLEGE


Kevin Campbell 07976831318

As the successful apprentice you will undertake an Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools to include:

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

The apprenticeship will be delivered by a South Gloucestershire & Stroud College Assessor over one academic year. You will be required to attend Stroud Campus to complete any underpinning knowledge support through day release over one academic year.  You will see the majority of your assessments towards your qualifications undertaken within the workplace environment.

You will be assigned a supervisor/mentor within the workplace, who will support you to develop your workplace skills, knowledge and experience throughout the duration of your apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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