Apprentice Teaching Assistant Upton-by-Chester High School

Working collaboratively with teaching staff and other support staff to enhance the development and education of children. You will be working within the Support Department and also main school classrooms supporting our learners.

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Closing date: 06 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8.40am - 3.10pm (Term-time)

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Basic Job Purpose:

To support the teaching staff and teaching assistants in the development and education of learners in accordance with the aims and policies of the school.  

Main responsibilities:

  • Assist teaching staff in the delivery of learning activities and work programmes and undertake predetermined activities with learners so that their intellectual and social development (including self-reliance and self-esteem) is fostered
  • Provide input into the planning and evaluation of learning activities for individuals and groups of learners to enable the teaching staff to make informed decisions when developing their plans
  • Supervise the activities of individuals or groups of learners both in and out of the classroom (including educational visits) to ensure their safety and facilitate their physical and emotional development in accordance with the school's behaviour management policy
  • Monitor individual pupil’s progress, achievements and development and report these to the teaching staff / line manager to inform decisions taken regarding the Individual Education Plan, Behaviour Plans and Personal Care Programmes for a pupil
  • Liaise with parents and carers in conjunction with the teaching staff to ensure effective communication concerning the learners' wellbeing
  • Record pupil information, as specified by the teaching staff/line manager to ensure that schools’ information systems are maintained 
    Attend to the personal, social and physical needs of learners so that their wellbeing is maintained
  • Prepare and maintain learning equipment and ensure that the classroom is kept clean and tidy
  • Display and present the learners' work under the direction of teaching staff, so that it enhances the classroom environment and celebrates achievement
  • Attend staff and other meetings and participate in staff training development work and staff reviews as required

Notwithstanding the detail in this job description, in accordance with the School’s / Council’s Flexibility Policy the job holder will undertake such work as may be determined by the Headteacher/Governing Body from time to time, up to or at a level consistent with the "Main Responsibilities" of the job. 

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

  • The candidate will follow a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard
  • This training will be structured and delivered by Cheshire College - South and West
  • If the candidate does not hold GCSE grades A*-C (9-4) or equivalent, they will be required to complete Level 2 Functional Skills in the relevant subjects

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Career progression: Grade 5 Teaching Assistant (when qualified)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Creative, Non judgemental, Patience, Reliable and flexible, Positive attitude, Sense of humour, Empathy


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

About the employer

The school currently serves both the local community and an extended catchment area with learners attending the school from up to 40 individual primary schools. There are currently 1740 learners on roll and the school is oversubscribed. The school also has an outstanding Sixth Form (Ofsted 2015, 2019). Our mission statement is 'Learning to Shape the Future' and we strive to ensure our learners achieve not just academic excellence, but also leave our school ready to take their place in the world of the future.


Upton-by-Chester High School


St. James Avenue




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Training provider



Miss Sophie Foreman


Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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