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Apprentice Teaching Assistant Level 3 - Secondary School Bristol Free School

The work involves supporting children individually, in groups or as a whole class in schools. As a TA you'll engage with pupils across a range of abilities and undertake duties that support the teacher, such as preparing the classroom.

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Closing date: 04 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £144.30 to £285.00

    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, with one day release to the Filton Campus of SGS College.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    17 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001842547

  • Positions

    1 available

Role Profile of a Teaching Assistant:

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum.

They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

Duties and rsponsibilities will include:

The duties will depend on your experience and training. Generally, you'll need to:

  • Deliver tailored teaching activities to pupils on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups
  • Make sure that the pupils you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity
  • Support the social and emotional development of pupils, reporting any issues when required
  • Support the teacher in managing challenging pupil behaviour and promoting positive behaviour
  • Listen to pupils read and read to pupils as a class, group or one-to-one
  • Guide and monitor pupil progress
  • Help with the planning of some lessons
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils' progress
  • Carry out administrative duties, such as preparing classroom resources
  • Look after pupils who have had accidents, need help dressing or are upset
  • Create art displays of pupils' artwork
  • Provide support outside of your normal classes, such as helping during exams, covering TA absences or going on school trips
  • Help with extracurricular activity such as breakfast and after-school clubs, homework club, revision sessions or lunchtime duties
  • Supervise other support staff
  • Coordinate specific areas of teaching support once you have the right level of experience

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You'll need:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills for motivating children to learn
  • Active listening skills to understand the children’s' needs
  • Be flexible and open to change for working on different activities
  • Enjoy working with other people
  • Ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • Ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • Able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • Some work experience or voluntary work with children is highly recommended

Personal qualities

You’ll need:

  • Sensitivity and understanding for building good relationships with children
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum 3 GCSEs, C/4 and above to include maths and English or equivalent qualification

Future prospects

  • As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher

Things to consider

  • You will need to pass an enhanced background check (DBS)
  • https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role
  • Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment
  • The duration of this apprenticeship will take 18 months - 2 years depending on the prior knowldge and experience of the apprentice
  • Applications will only be accepted through the National Apprenticeship Website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
  • If your application is successful, you will be contacted by South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (normally via email) to invite you to complete some assessments and conduct a phone interview.  *Please ensure that you also check your junk/spam inbox for emails
  • If you are successful at this stage, you will then be invited to attend an interview with the school/employer

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates


About the employer

Bristol Free School (BFS) is a high performing, 11-18 co-educational school serving the community of North West Bristol. BFS is an ambitious school, which works to ensure every child makes excellent progress from his or her starting point and experiences a breadth of opportunities that develop the whole person. The schools values are Community, Ambition & Opportunity.

Employer

Bristol Free School

Address

Block 5 Government Buildings

Burghill Road

Bristol

BS10 6EZ

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Training

Training provider

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND STROUD COLLEGE

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

Contact

Elaine Baillie 07920181729 elaine.baillie@sgscol.ac.uk

Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • SGS College have embedded the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. We will support apprentices in building their portfolio to cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard
  • On programme learning will be followed by the final End Point Assessment, which includes a practical observation with question and answer, portfolio of evidence submission and a Profession Discussion
  • Full time apprentices will spend typically 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training
  • Each apprentice will be assigned a dedicated skills coach who will support them in completing their Portfolio, Cert or Diploma and preparing for the End Point Assessment. The Employer, Training Provider and the learner will decide when the learner is ready to enter the Apprenticeship Gateway
  • The skills coach will help prepare the learner to ensure they are confident to complete all components
  • The skills coach will schedule regular 1:1s and complete progress reviews with the apprentice’s Line Manager/Employer at 8 – 12-week intervals

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)


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