Teaching Assistant Apprentice FOREST WAY SCHOOL

This is a fantastic chance to join the amazing team at Forest Way Special School currently ranked Outstanding with Ofsted. If you are looking at starting a rewarding career in Education and have a passion for working with children and young people with individual needs. o provide education, care and encouragement to children and young people with disabilities or special education needs.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The salary will be £5.28 hourly rate 32.5 hours per week term time only. (39 weeks per year) The salary will increase after 1 year on programme to National Minimum Wage dependent on age at the time. (salary is paid pro rata)

    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 to Friday, 32.5 hours per week. Hours to be confirmed with employer. 39 weeks per year, this includes 5 training days.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

To provide education, care and encouragement to children and young people with disabilities or special education needs, supporting them to participate in activities and liasing, if required, with parents/carers/other professionals as appropriate. 

This will include working with children and young people who have a range of needs including :

  • Communication & interaction needs 
  • Cognition & learning needs 
  • Behaviour, emotional and social development needs 
  • Sensory and/or physical needs 
  • Severe and challenging behaviour
  • Medical needs 
  • Personal care needs 

Additional Responsibilities:

It is the nature of the work in a special school that tasks and responsibilities are in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff are therefore expected to work in a flexible, co-operative way particularly when the occasion arises that tasks which are not pecifically covered in their job description have to be undertaken. Those additional duties will normally be to cover unforseen circumstances or change in work. 

This post is eligable for a DBS check under the Rehabillitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (i.e. it involves certin activities in relation to children and/or adults) and is defined as regulated activity under Part 1 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

Forest Way School shares a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. Our commitment is underpinned by robust processes and prcedures that seek to maximise opportunity, minimise risk and continuously promote a culture that embraces the ethos of safeguarding amongst our workforce. 

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

The successful applicant will be working towards a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Qualification. 

Training will be provided by SMB Group using a remote, blended delivery, led by a Tutor. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

To secure a permanent position within the setting. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Good verbal communicator, Good written communicator, Computer Literate, Knowledge of Safeguarding, Knowledge of Child protection, Knowledge of health and safety


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

Things to consider

this is an application to study an apprenticeship with the SMB Group (Stephenson Brooksby Melton College). Before being considered for a formal interview with the employer, you will be required to apply and be assessed and have an initial interview by the college. You will be eligible to order your NUS totum student discount card when you enrol on one of our apprenticeship courses.

About the employer

Forest Way is a special school for pupils aged 4 - 19 with a wide range of disabilities. Our curriculum is innovative, exciting and multisensory and we have amazing facilities to support this including an interactive studio, soft play room, sensory rooms, and swimming pool and fantastic grounds. We are at the forefront of national excellence in our practice and are proud of our four outstanding Ofsted. New staff are supported with all aspects of teaching and learning , so they can settle in quickly. We are never complacent and always keen to learn, so your contribution will be warmly welcomed.






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Training provider



Rachel Gledhill


01530 836 136

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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