Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Longcause Special School

Helping our SEN pupils engage in the curriculum and social activities. Under the direction of the classroom teacher, post holder provides general support to staff and pupils, including the preparation and routine maintenance of curriculum resources and equipment.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2023

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

    Monday – 9am to 3:15pm Tuesday – 9am to 3:15pm Wednesday – 8:45am – 3:15pm Thursday – 9am to 3:15pm Friday – 9am to 3:15pm

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    24 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Attend to the pupils’ personal needs and implement related personal programmes including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters
  • Prepare the classroom, as directed, for lessons, clear away afterwards and assist with the display of pupil’s work
  • Provide support to the teacher in the management of pupils and in the management of the classroom
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times including before and after school and at lunchtimes
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Prepare and maintain curriculum low value equipment and resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use
  • Provide assistance with pupil welfare and first aid issues e.g. look after sick pupils and liaise with parents/carers
  • May be required to demonstrate own tasks to new starters or less experienced members of staff
  • May be required to assist in the handling of small amounts of monies related to various school events, which is then passed on to other staff for processing
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post

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

On our 15 -18 month Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, you will work towards the following:

  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 2 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • You will have regular visits at the workplace from a designated assessor to observe your progress and competence in the role you are carrying out

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There may be the potential for employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, for the right candidate within long cause SEN School. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

About the employer

At Longcause School, we aim to be leading ambassadors and educators for children with Autism in the South West. Our goal is to provide high quality education for children on the autism spectrum., to be a centre of excellence. We respect and celebrate people on the autism spectrum. We are committed to enhancing their life, well-being, abilities and successes. We have a passion to understand, support, teach and enhance. We value compassion and professional excellence working in partnership with families. Longcause Community Special School is for children aged 4-16. The school is Autism friendly, where pupils support one another and staff and families work closely together for the best outcomes for their children. We specifically cater for the needs of children with communication and interaction difficulties together with cognition and learning. This means that our children usually have a moderate learning difficulty as well as an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). The school has 128 children on roll. Many of our pupils have associated difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, or other specific Learning Difficulties. This school is the only one of its kind in the West of Devon.


Longcause Special School


Longcause SEN School


PLympton Plymouth


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Training provider



Tim Scott-Lloyd


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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