Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship at Somervale Secondary School, Midsomer Norton Somervale Secondary School

We are seeking an Apprentice Teaching Assistant. If you are keen to support children to grow and learn this will be an excellent way to enhance your career in the education industry. This role involves supporting students with SEND to access learning and work alongside the teacher to provide support in the management of students and the classroom.

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Closing date: 06 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.40 ph. This role is term time only and therefore the advertised salary is pro-rata based on the term-time only nature of this role.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 8.30am-3.30pm. Term time only. Hours are negotiable, to be discussed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Under the direction of the SENDCo, contribute to inclusion approaches in the school by addressing the needs of students who need help in overcoming barriers to learning and developing their potential both inside and outside the classroom.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Support for Individual Students:

  • To ensure that all students are engaged and learning in their lessons
  • To provide academic support to increase attainment and engagement
  • To mentor students on the GCSE Core Curriculum
  • Working directly with other staff and parents to improve individual student behaviour
  • To support the successful integration of students who have joined the school under difficult circumstances
  • Working directly with individuals or groups to raise self-esteem and confidence
  • To Mentor specific students whether 1:1 or with small groups as directed

Support to School:

  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons you are responsible for or, come into contact with
  • Be aware of, support and ensure equal opportunities for all
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advertise and support others
  • Be aware of and comply and assist with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others
  • Assist with student needs as appropriate during the school day

In addition:

  • To comply with the requirements of Health and Safety, or relevant legislation of the school documentation
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties within the overall function, commensurate with the grading level and responsibility of the job
  • To undertake and comply with the school's equal opportunities policy
  • All staff are expected to work in a flexible and versatile manner as directed by their line manager
  • To work within the requirements of the Safeguarding Children Policy

This role may be closed early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in English and maths Level 2 if required
  • End Point Assessment: Practical workplace observation; Q&A session; Professional Discussion.
  • Blended on/off the job training and location to be confirmed.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Further training to specialise in specific areas of SEND
  • Employment within the school. Both our previous apprentices have stayed on and secured permanent contracts at our school.

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, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Energetic and resilient, Warmth and empathy


GCSE or equivalent English and maths (Grade A*-C/9-4) Desired

Things to consider

Successful candidates will be subject to a DBS check. Please consider how you will travel to the place of work, particularly if you rely on public transport.

About the employer

Somervale School is a small school, by design, in a modern environment and supportive community. Learning is designed around the needs of each child with the expectation that all make outstanding progress.


Somervale Secondary School


Somervale Secondary School

Redfield Road

Midsomer Norton


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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


Philippa Bancroft


07917 923622

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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