Apprentice Learning Support Teaching Assistant THE PERCY HEDLEY FOUNDATION

The Percy Hedley Foundation (Northern Counties School) are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Apprentice Learning Support Teaching Assistant to work as part of a team as directed by the Class Teacher or Therapist, to support children's care and learning.

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Closing date: 27 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 – 8am to 4pm Tuesday – 8 am to 5pm Wednesday - Friday – 8.30am to 4pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The main role of the LSA is to work as part of a team as directed by the class teacher or therapist, to support children's care and learning. You will work in an experienced team who share the same goal which is to enable positive outcomes for young people we support. Duties include:

  • Assisting in maintaining a safe environment for pupils and staff.
    Person centred, either one-to-one or two-to-one support with a student within the classroom environment.
  • Support students out in the community and on educational visits.
  • Support our learners to maximise learning in crucial life skills, meet their goals and aspirations through communication, independence and participation.
  • Work closely with teachers, other support staff and therapists to meet the needs of our students

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

Full Teaching Assistenat Level 3 standard

All training will be at the employers premises

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There may be potential opportunities to progress to a permanent role within the foundation, on the sucessful completion of the apprenticeship

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, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Patient & Empathetic, Energentic & Enthusiastic, Friendly, Professional & Respectful


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

The salary of this post is pro rata therefore successful candidates will work 39 weeks per year and be paid over the 45 weeks per year in order to include holiday payment This post is to work with children who have disabilities and special educational needs therefore the successful candidate will need be able to demonstrate a calm, caring and patient manner

About the employer

The Percy Hedley Foundation is one of the largest regional charities supporting people with a range of learning and physical needs. We take a person centred, flexible approach to the care and support we provide. We work towards excellence every day and our team members are committed to delivering the very best outcomes for the people we support. Our dynamic and flexible service is tailored to the specific needs of the individual, making it easier to live, learn and be part of a world adapting to change. Northern Counties School is approved by the Department for Education to provide all age (3-19 years) special for children who have a hearing impairment or visual impairment, those with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder all of whom require education, therapy and care within a specialist communication environment.




Northern Counties School

Tankerville Terrace

Newcastle Upon Tyne


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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