Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Hyde Park Junior School

Hyde Park are seeking to appoint two highly motivated, enthusiastic and committed Teaching Assistants to join our dedicated team. Working as part of the team in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2, you will support high-quality learning and provision. This vacancy is being managed by Plymouth Argyle Community Trust.

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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 to Friday, working between 8.45am and 4.30pm Hours may change slightly to assist with breakfast clubs and after school clubs. TBC.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

In this role, you will be working as part of the whole school and under the direction of the leaders to provide a safe, high-quality education and care for young children and to maintain a stimulating and enjoyable environment.

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

Duties for this role will include:

  • To assist with the planning of the curriculum
  • To help set up the learning environment for the daily programme and help tidy away at the end of the session, ensuring that all equipment is always clean and safe
  • To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely with parents/carers and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met
  • Advise the Early Years Leaders/Managers of any concerns regarding the welfare of the children, safeguarding, parents/carers or the safety of the equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary
  • To be aware of any special needs a child may have and to familiarise oneself with relevant play and learning plans
  • To advise children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulation
  • To attend staff meetings
  • To attend parent’s evenings
  • To attend training courses
  • To respect confidentiality and any information regarding the children, their families or other staff that is acquired as part of the job
  • To keep up to date with current good practice
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Pre-school Leaders/Managers, in accordance with the Pre-school business plans/objectives
  • To effectively communicate with parents/carers
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post. In line with corporate standards, the successful candidate will always act in accordance with appropriate legislation and regulations, codes of practice, the provisions of Horizon Multi Academy Trust’s constitution and its policies and procedures
  • Work within the requirements of the Trust’s Health and Safety policy, performance standards, safe systems of work and procedures
  • Undertake all duties with due regard to the corporate equalities policy and relevant legislation

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a GCSE in English and maths at grade 4/C or above, or equivalent
  • Be committed to building and maintaining positive relationships within the early years and its community
  • Have experience of working with groups and individual children with a friendly, flexible approach
  • Be a team player with very good communication skills
  • Have the understanding to plan and develop learning opportunities for children based on their interests

We offer:

  • A supportive, friendly, and hardworking team
  • A school that is committed to seeing all children flourish
  • Supportive parents and governors
  • Children and staff who enjoy learning together
  • A commitment to your own professional development

The training you will be getting

Over the 15-month Apprenticeship, you will work towards the following:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard
  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 2 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)
  • You will have regular visits at the workplace from a designated assessor to observe your progress and competence in the role you are carrying out

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There may be the potential for full-time employment upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, for the right candidate

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9 (A*-C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 4-9 (A*-C)) Essential

Things to consider

Desired skills Previous experience of working with young children. Ability to work as part of a team and use own initiative. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of people. Effective written and oral communication skills required to liaise with pupils, other staff, parents and outside agencies and professionals. Keyboarding skills required to support the use of ICT in learning activities. Post holder will be required to operate office equipment e.g. photocopier. Personal qualities Willingness to learn and develop one’s own skills and knowledge. Commitment to diversity and equal opportunities. Commitment to young children and families. A friendly, flexible approach. Health clearance for the role.

About the employer

At Hyde Park Junior School we believe a school should be a learning community, a place where everyone has the same chance to develop and succeed, where all should aspire to excellence. At our school individuality and difference are celebrated and everyone is valued. As a 21st century school, we are preparing our pupils for a future where they may do jobs that don't exist yet, using technologies not yet invented. We are relentless in pursuing high standards in English and Mathematics but we know we must ensure that our pupils are resilient and have a positive attitude to challenge and change. We are developing a curriculum that helps them to build up the mental, emotional, social and strategic resources needed to cope well with uncertainty and complexity.


Hyde Park Junior School


Hyde Park Road



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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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