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Teaching Assistant Apprentice Longcause Special School

Longcause Special School are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and committed Teaching Assistant to join our dedicated team. Under the direction of the classroom teacher, post holder provides general support to staff and pupils, including the preparation and routine maintenance of curriculum resources and equipment.

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Closing date: 18 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.00am-3.15pm. Wednesday and Friday 8.45am – 3.15pm.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    12 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Attend to the pupils’ personal needs and implement related personal programmes including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters
  • Prepare the classroom, as directed, for lessons, clear away afterwards and assist with the display of pupils work
  • Provide support to the teacher in the management of pupils and in the management of the classroom
  • Provide support to pupils in respect of local and national learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3, early years, as directed by the teacher
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times including before and after school and at lunchtimes
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Prepare and maintain curriculum low value equipment and resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use
  • Provide assistance with pupil welfare and first aid issues e.g. look after sick pupils and liaise with parents/carers
  • May be required to demonstrate own tasks to new starters or less experienced members of staff
  • May be required to assist in the handling of small amounts of monies related to various school events, which is then passed on to other staff for processing
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post

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

On our 15-18-month Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, you will work towards the following:

  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 2 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • You will have regular visits at the workplace from a designated assessor to observe your progress and competence in the role you are carrying out.

Training will take place at Plymouth Argyle. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There may be the potential for full-time employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, for the right candidate.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Knowledge of First Aid (or prepared to learn) · Numeracy & Literacy skills to fulfil the duties of the role · Knowledge of education and care needs of children within relevant age group being taught · Knowledge of technology used in schools e.g. computers, photocopiers and videos · Understanding of classroom roles and responsibilities and their role within these · Awareness of and compliance with policies and procedures relating to Child Protection, Health, Safety & Security, Confidentiality and Data Protection

About the employer

At Longcause School we are passionate about our pupils. We aim to be a school that delivers what it promises for our pupils and families, by delivering first class learning for pupils with Autism, by encapsulating individual interests and strengths


Longcause Special School


Longcause SEN School


PLympton Plymouth


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Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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