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Teaching Assistant Apprentice at Belmont Special School Belmont Special School

We are looking for a Teaching Assistant apprentice to join our busy team from 1st September 2022, learning all aspects of working in a special school environment whilst studying towards your Supporting teaching and learning qualification.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £160 per week (pro-rata) £8320 Yearly Salary (Pro Rata)

  • Working week

    Monday: 8:30am– .3.00pm Tuesday: 8:30am – 2:50pm Wednesday: 8:30am – 3:30pm Thursday: 8:30am – 4:10 pm Friday: 8:30am – 3:30pm 32 hours per week Half an hour for lunch

    Total hours per week: 32

  • Expected duration

    22 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will be working towards your L3 Supporting Teaching and Learning apprenticeship by assisting in a range of duties relevant to your studies, you will also be set aside time to complete your learning and access all training relevant to your role. During your apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to work in several classes, to expand your knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


The primary role of SAND Academies Trust Learning Partners (Teaching Assistants) 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. You will also be trained in Moving and Handling, Total Communication, as well as numerous in-house training to fulfil your role in a Special School setting. Promoting self-help, self-belief, 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 their individualised curriculum.

  • Develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards self-help skills and independent learning.
  • Use Total Communication, following training, to support all pupils’ preferred method of communication.
  • Embed effective behaviour management strategies using positive behaviour support appropriately and fairly in line with the school’s policy.
  • Deliver interventions in accordance with training given
  • Foster and encourage positive, effective, nurturing and safe learning environments inspiring pupils to take pride in and learn from their individual achievements.
  • Recognise, adapt and respond to all pupils encompassing SEN/emotional vulnerabilities, for example, use Makaton, visual timetables.
  • Work with class teams to support pupils with SEND, all of whom have an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • Be a flexible and adaptable member of the school, ensuring the pupils’ needs are at the forefront of all lessons
  • Work closely with teachers and experienced learning partners to ensure own contribution aligns with the teaching.
  • Opportunities to work alongside other professionals to deliver physiotherapy routines, sensory enrichment and creative activities.
  • Deliver/lead small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters using initiative, sensitivity and understanding.
  • Comply with policy and procedures for sharing confidential information and know when and where to seek advice.
  • Implement current statutory guidance including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Part 1, safeguarding policies, Prevent Strategy.
  • Undertake safeguarding training and be able to record and report areas of concern.
  • Support pupils’ well-being whilst embedding the importance of online safety
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils outside the classroom, including accompanying teaching staff on educational trips and visits.
  • Contribute to a range of assessment processes and use information effectively for example: written records, photographic evidence and verbal feedback.
  • Use specific feedback to help pupils make progress.
  • Apply good subject knowledge to support accurate assessment.
  • Use school computer systems, including specialist software e.g. intervention programmes and specialist communication aids.
  • Use relevant technology competently and effectively to improve learning.

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

Teaching Assistant Standard

Apprenticeship Training to be delivered in the workplace. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There is a possible position upon completion of apprenticeship.

Opportunities to expand knowledge by working across the departments during the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, Patience, Personable


GCSE or equivalent GCSE English (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent GCSE Maths (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential

Things to consider

Belmont School is in the Warden Hill area of Cheltenham and has an excellent bus service to both Cheltenham and Gloucester. Visits to the school are welcomed by appointment; please contact the Belmont school office to arrange a mutually convenient time. This will be after 3.30pm, due to Covid-19 safety measures. This school is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check. Holiday entitlement: Positions are term time plus 1 week of INSET training. The pay reflects this and will be pro-rata. Staff benefits: Training is provided which supplements the apprenticeship. There is a successful peer to peer support programme in place which draws on the experiences of current apprentices. You will be given opportunities to develop your practice by working in several classes during the apprenticeship.

About the employer

Belmont are an outstanding special school (156 pupils) for 4-16 year olds with class sizes which range between 6-12 pupils. At Belmont School we believe that all students should have access to a rich, varied and challenging curriculum, one that fosters enjoyment in learning and develops lively enquiring minds, instilling a positive attitude towards life-long learning. Our school motto is ‘To always be the best we can be’.


Belmont Special School


Belmont Special School

Warden Hill Road

Warden Hill

GL51 3AT

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Training provider



Employer Training & Apprenticeships

0345 155 2020

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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