Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Whitleigh Primary & Sir John Hunt CSC Federation

As a Teaching Assistant, you will work in the classroom, providing direct support to our pupils. Collaborating with your class team and department, work with children on a 1:1 basis, small and larger groups, help pupils work towards their individual outcomes and maximise their learning opportunities both within and outside the school setting.

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Closing date: 29 Feb 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

    Monday – Friday between 8am and 4pm (hours to be confirmed at interview)

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The job involves working from instructions, but making decisions involving the use of initiative.  Problems are referred to a class teacher/Headteacher.  Little close supervision is necessary beyond that provided by working arrangements and methods.

·        Work closely with the teacher in lesson planning, evaluating and adjusting lessons/work plans as appropriate

  • Promote independence and employ a range of strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance for pupils.
  • Promote pupil communication through technology.
  • Use specialist (curricular/learning) skills/training/experience to support pupils and assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans.
  • Be responsible for keeping and updating records and for the marking of pupils’ work and recording achievement/progress.
  • May be required to supervise whole classes occasionally during short-term absence of teachers.  The primary focus will be to maintain order and to keep pupils on task.
  • Promote self-esteem and independence.
  • Promote positive pupil behaviour, deal promptly with conflicts and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • Provide assistance with pupil first aid and welfare issues e.g. look after sick pupils and liaise with parents.
  • 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 money related to various school events, which are then handed over to the school office staff for processing.
  • Provide objective feedback and reports, as required, to the teacher on pupil achievement, progress and other matters.
  • Support the child and others during lunchtimes.
  • Prepare and maintain curriculum equipment/resources as directed by the teacher to meet lesson plans/relevant learning activities.
  • Operate office equipment in the provision of clerical and administrative support e.g. photocopier.
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post.

The training you will be getting

  • Teaching assistant Level 3 (A level)
  • One day a month at Plymouth Argyle

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

If a position is vacant and the Apprentice is successful we would potentially be able to offer employment.

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

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about learning and creative in their approach to encourage our children to become successful, self-motivated, happy, and confident learners. Kind patient and caring.

About the employer

At Whitleigh we strive for academic and personal excellence and inspire a lifelong love of learning. Each and every child will be given the opportunity to flourish and excel through our commitment to a creative and challenging curriculum which has a strong focus on experiences, aspirations and oracy. We nurture individuality and foster strong relationships across the school community. Children develop respect, responsibility and resilience in all they do. A happy and creative family at the heart of the community.


Whitleigh Primary & Sir John Hunt CSC Federation


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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


Tim Scott-Lloyd


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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