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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship with PE Focus - Mapledown Special School Mapledown Special School

As a Teaching Assistant with PE, the role will focus on promoting health & wellbeing across the school & supporting the teacher to deliver Physical Education. If you would like to inspire others to be physically active this is the role for you. For the right person, there is a potential pathway within school sport.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    To be discussed at interview

    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

    Working week Monday - Friday. Hours to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gain invaluable insight and experience of working within a school setting. Developing the Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours to support the teacher and inspire young people to learn
  • Be a role model for Healthy Active Lifestyles and support the delivery of Physical Education, Physical Activity, Health and Well-being and School Sport
  • Extend opportunities for all pupils to participate in extra – curricular activities. Deliver active lunchtimes and support after school and community sport
  • Support with administrative tasks associated with sports teams, events and competitions
  • Assist the Teacher in the classroom to support pupil progress and enhance the learning experience of children
  • Support the efficient organisation of storage areas, teaching aids and equipment
  • Working as part of the school team be a role model for learning, PE and School Sport

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

Training is provided through a blended programme of practical activity, group training and virtual learning. The programme provides opportunities to share experiences with other apprentices and learn from experienced professionals. 

Training Topics include:

  • Understanding how children learn and develop
  • Using Technology to support learning
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment
  • Keeping Children safe in education
  • Planning and leading high quality Physical Activity

Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship and End Point Assessment a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Qualification will be achieved.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Safeguarding Level 1
  • Prevent duty
  • Working towards Level 2 Functional Skills (where appropriate)
  • Opportunities to gain additional coaching qualifications

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Level 4 Sports Coach in a school setting.

Higher Education pathway.

Teaching Assistant within a school setting.

Pathway into Teaching.

Working in a sector that involves, initiative, leadership, communication, developing positive relationships.

Transferable skills that are invaluable in the wider world of work.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

You would be working with an Ofsted - OUTSTANDING ( Sept 2021) and National Award Winning Training Provider.

About the employer

Mapledown School ( Ofsted "Good") is the London Borough of Barnet’s Secondary School for students with Severe and Complex Learning Difficulties. Our students have a very diverse level and range of needs and our aim is to work together with all stakeholders to meet those needs and promote learning. We currently have 91 students on roll across eleven class groups. Each class team has one teacher with three to five Learning Support Assistants. These class groups are located in ‘Learning Zones’. There are three classrooms in Zone One which support students with Severe Learning Disabilities; Zone Two’s five classes cater for students on the Autistic Spectrum and Zone Three is focused on students who have Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (three classes). The school has a full-time Nurse and a nurse assistant, and students have access to an integrated service offered through Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Paediatricians, Dietician, Social Services and specialist peripatetic teachers as required (e.g. Visual or Hearing Impairment). The school is a registered ‘Regional Training Centre’ for the MOVE Programme – this is a school wide system for assessing and promoting physical independence skills. Mapledown is located near a mainstream secondary school and some of our students attend integrated lessons there or use their school facilities – e.g. technology room, sports hall, library etc. We have a range of facilities, such as a ‘Sensory Studio’, a Library, a Life Skills Room, a Soft Play Cabin, a Multigym and a Hydrotherapy Pool. Our school grounds are ‘zoned’ so that all students can enjoy the outdoors safely – we have a grassy area for ball games, a 175-metre bike/trike circuit and a fenced in flat surface space for students who use walking frames or wheelchairs. Most students use all three areas as they want. Both our Pool and main school hall have computerized Light and Sound Systems. Our PTA runs five Minibuses which are used daily to support learning activities – e.g. Swimming, College Links, Work Experience, Day Trips, etc. Every classroom has a mobile touch screen and extensive use is made of ICT to promote learning. The school employs one of its staff to act as a ‘Regional Tutor’ for Makaton Signing. We are a Total Communication environment and use signs and symbols (such as PECS) with our students. Staff are trained to use PECS and Makaton. We are developing the use of PODD (Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display, which is a communication system) throughout the school. All staff are accredited in the TEAM-TEACH approach to managing behaviour that challenges positively. This is a whole school approach that ranges from understanding behaviour and de-escalation techniques to safely intervening if physical intervention is required as a last resort. Three of our staff are trainers. The school is organized into two Departments – Key Stage Three and Post Fourteen and we deliver a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum based around the National Curriculum. Each pupil is assessed regularly, and progress is monitored and evaluated through Key Personal Leaning Targets. The school maintains daily contact with parents and carers through a system of Home –School Diaries. We hold Coffee Mornings every half term for parents and carers to come into school. A number of our students regularly use the overnight respite facilities offered by Social Services and where this is the case, we maintain the same level of links as with the home.


Mapledown Special School


Claremont Road



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Training provider



Adam Baker

01438 791068

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please visit: Download application form and send it through to Any queries contact: Sporting Futures Training - 01438 791068/ 07901 603292

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Dec 2022