Teaching Assistant Apprentice (SEN) - Harlow Field's School and College Abbotsford Preparatory School

We are looking to appoint a number of Learning Support Assistant's to work in partnership with class teachers to support pupils' learning in line with codes of practice and school policies. The successful candidate will be required to attend to pupils' personal needs, helping with social, welfare, care and health matters.

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Closing date: 22 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6 per hour

  • Working week

    Mon - Fri (Term Time Only) Shift times TBC. 39 weeks per year.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Plan, prepare and deliver learning activities for individuals and groups of pupils under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher, differentiating and adapting learning programmes to suit the needs of individual pupils
  • Be aware of and work within school policies and procedures
  • Assess, record and report on development, progress and attainment as agreed with the teacher
  • Monitor and record pupil responses and learning achievements, drawing any problems which cannot be resolved to the attention of the teacher
  • Plan and evaluate specialist learning activities with the teacher, including writing reports and records and providing focussed personalised provision as required
  • Maintain a clean, safe and tidy learning environment
  • Ongoing guidance and support of pupils in their social development and their emotional well- being, reporting problems to the appropriate person
  • Supply specialist support with direction and guidance from teaching staff, allowing pupils to access the curriculum and participate fully in school activities
  • Under the guidance of a teacher support the role of parents/carers, in pupils’ learning and contribute to meetings with parents/carers to provide constructive feedback on pupil progress/achievement
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families, carers and other professionals
  • Provide short term cover of classes on a regular timetabled basis planned by the teacher. The normal expectation on a weekly basis would be to cover half a day per week and could also provide cover on a non-timetabled basis, usually within own class
  • Be responsible for the preparation, maintenance and monitoring of stocks of materials and resources
  • Accompany teaching staff and take responsibility for pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes but not as a
  • Supervisory Assistant
  • Prepare and present displays
  • Supervise individuals and groups of pupils throughout the day, including playground and dining areas
  • Assist pupils with eating, dressing and hygiene, as required, whilst encouraging independence
  • Provide pastoral care to children
  • Provide basic first aid, if appropriate, ensuring timely referral to health service in emergency situations
  • Support pupils to develop their skills of independence, resilience and confidence
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of support plans including Support Plans and EHCP’s, including attendance at, and contribution to, reviews as required
  • Support the use of ICT in the curriculum Support for the School
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Show a duty of care to pupils and staff and take appropriate action to comply with health and safety requirements at all times
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure that all pupils have access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the school
  • Maintain good relationships with colleagues and work together as a team
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Demonstrate and promote commitment to equal opportunities and to the elimination of behaviour and practices that could be discriminatory.

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

You will be working towards your teaching assistant qualification (Level 3) across the 16 months apprenticeship program, with the support of your work place mentor and your LMP Education allocated tutor. (LMP Education are rated the 3rd best training provider in the UK. All training will be delivered online, you will also attend monthly online training sessions with your tutor to ensure you're on track. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential for a full time position to be offered upon completion of the apprenticeship. 

Progression onto a Level 4 qualification.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above or Level 2) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above or Level 2) Essential

Things to consider

Full DBS enhanced check for all successful applicants. Please ensure you're able to commute to the work place everyday.

About the employer

Harlow Fields is a very successful special school & college providing education and specialist support for children and young people between the ages of 3 to 19 with Severe and Complex Learning Difficulties, based in Harlow, Essex. Harlow Fields School and College is an inclusive, vibrant learning environment offering high quality education and care for all.


Abbotsford Preparatory School


Tendring Road


CM18 6RN

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Training provider

LMP Education


Poppy Drury


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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