Teaching Assistant Apprentice Widewell Primary School

Widewell Primary School are seeking to appoint two highly motivated, enthusiastic and committed Teaching Assistants to join our dedicated team. Working as part of the team across Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 you will support high quality learning and provision.

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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 08:45 and 16:30. Hours may change slightly to assist with breakfast clubs and after school clubs.

    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:

  • 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 the children based on their interests.


The training you will be getting

Over the 15-18 month apprenticeship, you will work towards the following:

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard.

  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge.
  • 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, 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 Widewell we welcome all and believe everyone matters. Our vision for our school is that it is a place of excellence and innovation, where children’s skills, knowledge and values grow. Our Aims Our aims reflect our beliefs and values, and represent our vision and what we want to achieve as a school community. Our aims are translated into priorities to move the school forward and meet the challenges of an ever changing world. CELEBRATE SUCCESS Nurture self-esteem through the celebration of children’s achievements. VALUES CENTRED Promote inclusive values, and foster positive attitudes to all people, races, religions and ways of life. DYNAMIC & INNOVATIVE Deliver a dynamic and innovative curriculum that challenges, excites and inspires children to achieve their best. ACCOUNTABLE AT ALL LEVELS Promote collective responsibility for raised standards and improved pupil outcomes by ensuring that everyone understands their role in contributing to the success of the school. LEARNING CENTRED Create an inclusive learning culture where children and others within the school community are challenged in their thinking, strive for continuous improvement and are committed to life-long learning. COMMUNITY ORIENTATED Help children develop an understanding of citizenship and empower them to make valuable contributions locally and globally. Engage with the school and wider community to enrich and enhance children’s achievement and personal development. HIGH EXPECTATIONS Set high expectations to enable pupils to become effective, enthusiastic, independent learners. CARING AND SUPPORTIVE Create a happy, caring and supportive environment based on a spirit of co-operation between the school, local churches and the local community. Ensure the safety of every child and promote opportunities to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. INCLUSION Treat children and others fairly, equitably, and with dignity and respect, to maintain an inclusive school culture. WELL ORGANISED AND SYSTEMATIC Embed consistently applied policies and practices that ensure the effective day-to-day running of the school and support strategic leadership and management.


Widewell Primary School


Widewell Primary

Lulworth Drive,



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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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