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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (SEN) Parkwood Hall Co-Operative Academy

A fantastic opportunity with Parkwood Hall, a residential and day school for pupils aged 8-19 years. To work in partnership with class teachers to support learning in line with the national curriculum, codes of practice and school policies and procedures.

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Closing date: 01 Sep 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    8:30am - 4:15pm Monday to Friday 39 weeks per year

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    14 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    22 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Educational Support

  • To be responsible under direction, for a small group of students within an agreed system of supervision and to assist in their activities and learning.
  • To support the implementation of speech and language programmes under the direction of the Speech and Language Therapy team.
  • To assist in the delivery of local and national learning initiatives for numeracy, literature and communication.
  • To have an awareness of the individual needs of the students within the class group including any need for signing, scripting and escorting.
  • To assist the teacher by preparing workbooks, photocopying and any other resources required for the class and to maintain the class resource area.
  • To assist the teacher with hearing the students read in connection with a variety of written and practical number exercises
  • To be responsible for maintaining a tidy and stimulating environment in the classroom and corridor, to include assisting with wall displays. (It should be noted that work surface areas must be cleaned/wiped each night to enable domestic staff to be able to clean.)
  • To support with practical activities such as PE, swimming, horse riding etc.
  • To participate in rota duties at lunch times (curriculum enrichment), break times and morning club as directed.
  • To accompany/escort students attending work experience/college and feedback to the teacher on their learning.
  • To attend educational school visits and take responsibility for small groups of students as directed. This may include residential/overnight visits attended by mutual agreement.

Welfare Support

  • To be responsible for the well-being of any student in the school, in particular those in the class group
  • To have an awareness of the emotional needs of the students and to use this awareness in strategies for managing behaviour.
  • To support physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and other professionals as directed.
  • In an emergency to support a student in travelling to and from home or hospital and to supervise if unwell.
  • To help train students in particular tasks of personal hygiene, which may involve intimate care.
  • To support colleagues in the professional restraint of students following careful guidelines as required.
  • To liaise with fellow professionals in the school in order to maintain continuity of support for students.

Administration and Professional Development

  • To attend Parents Day and Annual Reviews if requested.
  • To participate in maintaining necessary information on students such as class records, assessments, IEPs and profiles.
  • To attend staff meetings.
  • To participate in the current performance management system in place in the school to support training and mentoring needs.

General Responsibilities

  • To maintain confidentiality in all aspects of Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy.
  • To co-operate with all Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy staff in maintaining good relationships with outside agencies and the general public in order to promote and uphold the school’s image.
  • To ensure the health and safety of self, colleagues, students and visitors and to report any such matters to the maintenance team, senior managers or Health and Safety Committee as appropriate.
  • To perform any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the position as requested by the Principal.






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

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possible full-time employment upon completion of the apprenticeship. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

About the employer

We are a specialist school for children and young people who have moderate to severe learning difficulties and autism. Many of our pupils have additional needs including ADHD, Downs Syndrome and language difficulties. All our pupils have education, health and care plans so all our referrals come via different local authorities across London and the South East, including Kent. Our Cooperative Values are important to us especially honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. They underpin the way we do things at Parkwood Hall. We are committed to providing a learning environment and learning pathway that enables all our pupils to achieve the best they can and help prepare them for adult life so they can live as independent a life as possible.


Parkwood Hall Co-Operative Academy


Parkwood Hall Co-Operative Academy

Beechenlea Lane



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Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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