Apprentice Teaching Assistant- Woodkirk Academy,Wakefield,WF3 1JQ LEODIS ACADEMIES TRUST

To work under the instruction of teaching/senior staff, usually in the classroom with the teacher but may be working with small groups or one to one with pupils to support access to learning. This will include general support, classroom supervision and the implementation of structured intervention programmes alongside other professionals.

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Closing date: 23 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

    You will be working 35 hours per week, term time to cover the opening times of the school- hours TBC

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Feb 2024

  • Date posted

    17 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Attend to the pupils’ personal needs, and implement related personal programmes, including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters 
  • Supervise and support pupils, both individually and in small groups, ensuring their safety and access to learning
  • Establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs.
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Encourage pupils to understand instructions and act independently as appropriate
  • Prepare classroom as directed for lessons and clear afterwards and assist with the display of pupil’s work
  • Be aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher as agreed.
  • Undertake pupil record keeping e.g. recording assessments as requested
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate
  • Gather/report information from/to parents/carers as directed
  • Provide clerical/administrative support - photocopying, typing, filing etc.
  • Support pupils in respect of local and national learning strategies - literacy, numeracy, early years, as directed by the teacher
  • Support pupils in using basic ICT as directed
  • Prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Any other duties commensurate with the post

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification
Functional Skills-English, maths and ICT if required
ERR - Employment Rights and Responsibilities
PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Alongside the Apprenticeship qualification for the Teaching Assistant, you will gain valuable work experience within the setting to enable knowledge, skills, and behaviours to develop

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

For the successful candidate there may be ongoing employment and further progression available.

Leodis Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all children and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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 9-5) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-5) Desired

About the employer

Welcome to Woodkirk Academy's website. I am delighted to welcome you to Woodkirk Academy and Sixth Form. We are a popular, successful and oversubscribed school, with a very proud record in academic, intellectual, social, musical, sporting and community developments. We are committed to 'Shaping Young Lives.' We do this by developing the whole person; by empowering our students to be the best they can be, with the knowledge and character that enables them to make a difference to their own lives and to the lives of others. All members of the school community work towards the same goals. Together we create a culture that supports our aims. A culture that believes in: Being kind to oneself and to others; Equality of opportunity for all; Ambition for oneself and others; Hard work as the key to success; Acting with integrity and authenticity at all times; and Striving to be the best that one can be in all that is done. The taught curriculum is broad; is academically ambitious; and embraces the arts, STEM and sport. The personal development of our students, the Global Citizens of tomorrow, is priority and is supported through an extensive co-curriculum, which encompasses trips, visits, music, drama, careers education information and guidance, and ecology. As one of the country's leading partners in the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, our students are challenged and supported to push themselves physically and mentally, and to give back to the community. We believe that a first class education requires exemplary safety and behaviour, and we work very hard to establish this. The pastoral care offered to our students is second to none. All of our staff are responsible for the well-being of our students; we ensure we know what is required for each of them to be at their best and are committed to offering this. We enjoy great success. The progress made by students at Key Stage 4, including those less advantaged members of the community, is routinely significantly above other schools nationally. Similarly, at Key Stage 5 our students make great strides forwards. As the only school based sixth form locally, students who remain with us from Year 7 to Year 13 benefit from the wealth of knowledge teachers gather about each of them. New to Sixth Form students Recent graduates of Year 13 have secured places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities; acquired placements on competitive and high level apprenticeships; and have found employment of their choice. The heart of our success is the tremendously hardworking and dedicated staff whose energies are devoted to providing the best opportunities for all students in the school. As a member of Leodis Academies Trust, we work closely with East Ardsley, Hill Top, Westerton and Blackgates Primary Academies. A well-qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff and an active Friends of the School Association also ensure that students at Woodkirk are given every opportunity to excel. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information about the school or if you would like to visit us and see us in ‘action’.




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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


Sally Baldwin


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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