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The Governors wish to appoint a conscientious and friendly Teaching Assistant with responsibility for Speech, Language and Communication to join our highly successful AEN Department as soon as possible. You will compliment teachers’ delivery of the curriculum and contribute to the development of other support staff, pupils and schools policies.

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Closing date: 02 Sep 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £7,503.60 to £14,820.00

    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, 8.30 am– 3.00 pm (TBC) Approximately 30 hours per week (excluding lunch)/39 weeks per year

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    22 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will provide support to pupils, teachers and the school in order to raise standards of achievement for all, by utilising your advanced levels of knowledge and skills when assisting with planning, monitoring, assessing and to encourage pupils to become independent learners.

You will provide support for student’s welfare and support the inclusion of pupils in all aspects of academy life. The suitable candidate would work under the direct instruction of the SENCo. 

The purpose of the role is to provide support to pupils or groups of pupils who require extra interventions for developing their academic attainment and/or their emotional and behaviour needs. As such, there will be a focus on implementing work programmes for individuals/groups, including leading on targeted interventions. There will be a focus on pupils who are open to the Speech and Language Service and work completed will be focused at their individual Care Plans.

The post is both rewarding and challenging requiring flexibility and commitment to raising standards of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. 

The ideal candidate will have previous experience of supporting pupils with additional educational needs and experience in supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs is essential. Speech and Language based qualifications are essential, or the desire to further your knowledge and skills in this area. The ability to work on both a small group and one-to-one basis is essential.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard
  • Functional skills in Maths and English if required 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

It is hoped that on completion of this Apprenticeship that an offer of full time employment can be made. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Committed, Dedicated


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

We are committed to a strong home-school partnership and believe the whole community can contribute to the progress of our students as they journey through Hurstmere School, to sixth form, apprenticeships, university, the workplace and beyond.  We are also committed to supporting the development of staff, with opportunities for career development available including supporting aspiring teachers.

About the employer

Our school is a popular, non-selective secondary academy for boys aged 11 – 16, serving the local community of Sidcup. Hurstmere School is a special place, with a strong sense of community and a determination to succeed in all that we do. Our vision is for our students to 'Believe and Achieve'; to be the best that they can be. By promoting high aspiration and fostering a confident, self-belief that with hard work and determination, there are no boundaries to what they can achieve.






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Training provider



Emma Stead

01788 820132

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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