Teaching Assistant Apprentice (SEN) - The Ark Kings Primary School The Ark Kings Primary school

As a SEN TA, you will support pupils, parents, and teachers, to establish a supportive learning environment in which children make good academic progress, ensure compliance with Arks data protection rules and procedures and liaise with colleagues and external contacts at all levels of seniority with confidence, tact and diplomacy.

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Closing date: 05 Jan 2024

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

    Working Pattern: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 8:30am-4:30pm Wed – 9:30am-5pm. (Term Time only 39 weeks per year).

    Total hours per week: 38.5

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Support pupil learning through the delivery of specific learning programmes, setting high expectations whilst encouraging their independence and building their confidence 
  • Promote inclusion, encouraging pupils to interact and work
  • collaboratively 
  • Work with the SENCO and other teachers to assess the needs of individual children, contribute to and implement individual education plans 
  • Adapt and develop resources for EAL and SEND pupils, ensuring their safety and enabling them to access the curriculum 
  • Assist with follow-through for related services (speech/language/physical therapy etc.) 
  • Mentor students on a 1:1 and group basis, as well as planning and leading a series of booster and intervention sessions to tackle difficult topics 
  • Observe, record and feedback information of pupil performance 
  • Assist in creating materials for curriculum delivery and display boards 
  • Assist with whole class teaching 
  • Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher to assist in behaviour management and to support pupils in their learning objectives 
  • Assist pupils' achievement outside of the classroom, e.g. computer lab, library 
  • Support all vulnerable children and act as key worker to students with special educational needs and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties 
  • Work with students on an individual and/or small group basis, in and out of lessons 
  • Plan and implementing strategies for students on the pastoral support programme, ensuring students adhere to accepted behavioural norms 
  • Develop resources for students with SEN support for the school 
  • Supervise pupils in playgrounds, lunchrooms etc and assist with general pastoral care 
  • Accompany teachers and pupils on trips and out of school activities as required within contract hours, taking responsibility for pupils under the supervision of the teacher 


  • Actively promote the safety and welfare of our children and young people 
  • Ensure compliance with Arks data protection rules and procedures 
  • Liaise with colleagues and external contacts at all levels of seniority with confidence, tact and diplomacy 
  • Work with Ark Central and other academies in the Ark network, to establish good practice throughout the network, offering support where required 

The training you will be getting

Completing the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Qualification with LMP Education (Rated 3rd best apprentice provider in UK). You will have monthly online sessions with your allocated tutor, as all learning is delivered online in remote style for you, alongside the full time job. 

You will be given approx 6 hours per week to complete studies/ coursework during your working hours too.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential to be offered a full time position upon completion of the apprenticeship, however this is not guaranteed. 


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above or Level 2) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above or Level 2) Essential

Things to consider

Required Behaviours/Skills: • Genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every pupil • A robust awareness of keeping children safe, noticing safeguarding and welfare concerns, and you understand how and when to take appropriate action. • Belief that every student should have access to an excellent education regardless of background • Professional outlook, detailed orientated and able to multi task and meet deadlines • A team player that can work collaboratively as well as using own initiative • Helpful, positive, patient and caring nature • Calm and professional under pressure • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and discretion • Flexible attitude towards work and demonstrates sound judgement At Ark Kings Academy we take safeguarding very seriously. All adults who regularly work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to prevent unsuitable people from working with students. Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

About the employer

About our school: We are an all-through school admitting pupils from Nursery - Year 11. Our mission is to create a school in which every child thrives, academically and socially.We offer an exciting and aspirational all-through curriculum which is carefully planned to ensure that our students develop and grow their knowledge throughout their whole school career. This is supported by a wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities – extending our curriculum well beyond the classroom. Our school values are: ‘Wisdom, Resilience, Kindness’ – and they permeate everything we do in school with our pupils, our parents, our staff, and the wider community. We recognise our role in addressing inequality by ensuring that all pupils, regardless of circumstance have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.


The Ark Kings Primary school


Tees Grove


B38 9DH

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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