Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Pilgrim Primary Academy

Pilgrim Primary Academy is a vibrant, friendly, widely diverse, and inclusive school located at the heart of Plymouth. We are looking for 4 enthusiastic, committed Teaching Assistant apprentices (1 with an interest in SEN). The candidates will be hard working, resilient, friendly, outgoing and a passion for supporting young children’s learning. Your duties will include, but not be limited to, Assist in getting the classroom ready for lessons and clearing away afterwards so as to maintain a safe and clean environment. Assisting teachers in preparing the lesson materials and school equipment etc.,

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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 to Friday working between 8am - 4:30pm, exact hours to be discussed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The ideal candidate will be hard working, resilient, friendly, and outgoing. They will have a passion for supporting young children’s learning and development and enjoy working as part of a team.

  • Assist in getting the classroom ready for lessons and clearing away afterwards so as to maintain a safe and clean environment.
    Assisting teachers in preparing the lesson materials and school equipment.
  • Recording and reporting a pupil’s progress to the teacher.
  • Helping pupils stay focused during class hours.
  • Supervising group activities, sports events, and school outings.
  • Helping teachers manage student behaviour.
  • Looking after children who are unwell or upset.
  • Healthy and safe learning environment for children.
  • Be able to display effective communication skills with both children and adults.
  • Be eager to work collaboratively in a wider team, adaptable and open to new ideas and practices.
  • Be a fast and highly flexible thinker, being able to deal with change and unpredictability positively with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • An interest in SEND pupils and pupil wellbeing would be advantageous.
  • An extended, supportive team which promotes the development and well-being of everyone in our school community.
  • Friendly and enthusiastic children who are actively involved in shaping the development of our school.
  • A caring and friendly atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued.
  • The chance to be imaginative, take risks in learning and be innovative whilst raising attainment.

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

On our 15 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 College 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 either within Pilgrim Primary Academy or at other schools within Reach South Academy Trust. The Trust operates 10 other schools in Plymouth and opportunties are available for the right individual.

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

Things to consider

Good communication skills with both children and adults and the ability to work as part of a team and use own initiative. Previous experience of working with young children and an interest in working with special educational needs children. Personal qualities we are looking for are, hardworking, enthusiastic, resilient, friendly and outgoing.

About the employer

Pilgrim is a friendly, caring and welcoming place, with children's learning, happiness and well-being at the heart of all we do. We understand that children will only get the best education when there are strong and respectful relationships between both pupils, staff, parents and the wider community. We are very proud of the positive relationships that exist at Pilgrim. We want the pupils in our school to receive a broad range of experiences alongside a high-quality academic education, being inquisitive and active learners with a strong set of moral values. The skills and values of collaboration, respect, ambition, endeavour, responsibility and thoughtfulness are woven through our curriculum and are central to our ethos. Our aim is to develop confident young people who have high aspiration, a clear sense of themselves as learners and citizens, and who can contribute positively to their futures and those of others.


Pilgrim Primary Academy


Pilgrim Primary

Oxford Street



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Training provider



Tim Scott-Lloyd


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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