Teaching Assistant Apprentice Ferryhill School

This is a fantastic opportunity to come and join our highly professional team of teaching assistants. You will be supported and trained by experienced mentors throughout your apprenticeship as well as attending Bishop Auckland College one day a week. The role includes supporting the class teacher and pastoral team to develop outstanding practice, working with individual and groups of children to encourage them to achieve greater independence and self-confidence and establishing constructive relationships with parents and carers.

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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

    32.5hrs and £171.60 per week. 8am-3pm Monday, Wednesday – Friday. Tuesday at Bishop Auckland College 9:15am-4pm. Role is term time only.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    03 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?


  • To raise pupil achievement by supporting the class teacher and pastoral team to develop outstanding practice
  • Work with individual and groups of children to encourage them to achieve greater independence and self-confidence
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents and carers, promoting the school’s policies
  • Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their access to learning resources
  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the classroom by encouraging them to interact with each other and to engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Support the implementation of Education and Health Care Plans, behaviour support plans, personal care programmes, curriculum planning and assessment
  • To evaluate learning and provide feedback to the teacher / parent / agency as needed


  • Follow the instructions of the class teachers and teaching assistants with planning, delivery and evaluation of
    differentiated and varied learning activities
  • Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts in line with school protocols and school behaviour policies
  • Contribute towards resourcing teaching, by developing and making resources as necessary for children in the class or year group
  • Listen to children read, read stories and tell stories to individuals or groups of children
  • Work with pupils on programmes linked to local and national curriculum and learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, recording achievement, progress and feeding back to the teacher
  • Monitor pupils’ responses to learning activities and achievement as directed
  • Provide detailed feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc. as requested
  • Under the guidance of more experienced colleagues,
    learn to undertake pupil record-keeping as requested
  • Under the guidance of more experienced colleagues, assist
    with the collation of pupil reports as requested by the teacher. This may involve data input
  • Support the effective use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use
  • Maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans
  • To clear away resources and materials after
  • Assist with the display of pupils’ work in the classroom and around school
  • Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/learning activity and assist pupils in their use
  • Undertake routine administrative tasks e.g. photocopying, filing, reproducing work sheets for agreed activities


  • Be aware of and comply with policies relating to child protection, health & safety, confidentiality, safeguarding and
    data protection, reporting all concerns to a nominated person
  • Contribute to the overall work, smooth running and ethos of the school
  • Appreciate and support the role of other people in the team
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required
  • Participate in the school’s performance management process
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out-of-school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of a teacher

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

  • Advanced Apprenticeship Teaching Assistant (Standard) - NCFE Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning L3
  • Full training to be provided by the employer
  • You will be required to attend Bishop Auckland College on a weekly basis (every Tuesday)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • To be discussed at interview

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Team working, Non judgemental, Patience, Commitment, Ability to motivate, Ability to build relationships, To be a good role model, Emotional resilience, Caring


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

Things to consider

Occasional out of hours working to support school functions. This post is subject to safeguarding and qualification checks.

About the employer

INTEGRITY, CREATIVITY, EXCELLENCE We are creating an extraordinary and unique school. Ferryhill is a secondary school in County Durham and we serve children aged 11-16. We not only want to improve our students’ lives, but we also hope to prepare our students for life post-16 and beyond.


Ferryhill School


Merrington Road


DL17 8RW

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Training provider



David Brough


01388 743164

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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