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Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice The Chiltern School

An exciting and rewarding opportunity to become a Learning Support Assistant in a special school setting. This position would allow you to gain the skills and knowledge to work with and support children and young people with a variety of learning needs and disabilities.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pro rata

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.35am to 3.25pm. Tuesday 8.35am to 4.15pm.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    04 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Under the guidance of the class teacher, to support pupils in all aspects of their learning and accessing the curriculum
  • To deliver learning programmes and learning activities to small groups and individuals as directed
  • To promote and support the inclusion of all pupils in the learning activities in which they are involved
  • To promote positive behaviour and attitudes through high expectations
  • To attend to the personal care needs of pupils. This may include toileting, other hygiene needs, help with dressing and/or assisting with feeding as required
  • All care needs are part of an individual learning programme and should be taught to promote independence
  • To assist with physiotherapy, or speech therapy under the direction of the appropriate specialist
  • To develop leisure opportunities and supervise pupils at unstructured time to support the development of communication, physical development, social relationships and interaction skills
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Personal Learning Plans (PLP)
  • To assess and systematically record pupil’s progress and achievements
  • To develop and extend learning opportunities based on pupils prior learning
  • To efficiently prepare, maintain and use classroom teaching materials and equipment
  • To set up learning environments, which would include laptops, tablets, switch operated equipment, displays and other learning spaces
  • To have high expectations of pupils behaviour and maintain appositive classroom ethos

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

  • Support to achieve knowledge, skills and behaviours as laid out in the apprenticeship standard
  • Experienced assessor to assess work and practice
  • Individual learning programme tailored to own needs
  • E-learning, training and monthly tutorials specific to your apprenticeship
  • Mentor and support in the workplace
  • A minimum of 20% paid time to be used for learning and development opportunities
  • English and maths Functional Skills at Level 2 (if required)
  • Support to achieve End Point Assessment
  • At the end of the apprenticeship, you will obtain the Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Completion of the apprenticeship will enable apprentices to gain employment as a level 3 LSA within primary, special and secondary schools in both the state and independent sectors.  There will be increasing opportunities for apprentices to take on a wider range of responsibilities.  Opportunities also exist to move into other roles across the wider children’s workforce e.g. childcare, play work or youth work. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Before you apply, take a moment to think about the following: • How are you going to cope with completing routine tasks alongside more challenging ones? • How do you feel about regular use of a computer? • What you will wear? • How are you going to travel to work and get to any off-site learning? • How easy will you find it to abide by policies and procedures, including use of mobile devices and social media at work? • How are you going to balance work, study and home life - they’re equally important! Need help with your application? Central Bedfordshire Council can support you to complete your application and interview, contact 0300 300 8131 or email for more information.

About the employer

The Chiltern School is an Area Special School in Central Bedfordshire; we cater for pupils from 3 to 19 years with a wide range of learning needs and disabilities. We provide a stimulating learning environment tailored to the needs and aspirations of the pupils who are taught in Learning Pathways. The aim of each Learning Pathway is to enable pupils to make good progress, so that their needs are met and aspirations can be fulfilled.


The Chiltern School


Kingsland Campus

Parkside Drive

Houghton Regis


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Training provider



Luisa Vecchio

01582 866972

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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