Teaching Assistant Apprentice Castle Wood School

Come and join our dedicated team at Castle Wood, a vibrant, innovative broad spectrum special needs school for children aged 3 to 11. A Teaching Assistant Apprentice is required for Special Needs School to work as part of the classroom team, supporting colleagues as necessary, both within the class team and across the whole school.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice wage increase to £6.40ph in April

    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

    38 weeks plus 5 days for training days, so 39 weeks total. Shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 33.5

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 May 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties include:

  • To work as part of the classroom team, supporting colleagues as necessary, both within the class team and across the whole school. To work under the direction of the class Teacher and the School Leadership Team
  • To help provide a safe and happy environment in which the pupils can learn in line with the school’s vision and values
  • To keep abreast of current trends and developments in education by reading, attending school in-service training and courses and to share information with colleagues and to gain the skills required to support children with a range of SEN
  • To assist with the preparation of the classroom and tidying up of the classrooms and maintenance of equipment after each session as well as preparation of learning resources under the direction of the class teacher
  • To help carry out the individual programmes of pupils as agreed with the class teacher, keeping records as required including marking of pupils’ work and maintenance of learning journals and exercise books
  • To contribute to the systems of recording pupils progress and attainment

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard:

  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required 
  • Additional 4-day courses with HOET

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There may be the opportunity for a permanent role after the apprenticeship, however this is not guaranteed.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Committed, Reliable, Confidentiality, Hardworking


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4) Desired

Things to consider

The successful applicant will need to undergo an enhanced DBS clearance, medical clearance, provide two successful references and original evidence of qualifications. If you have applied for this role previously please do not apply again.

About the employer

We are a primary broad spectrum special school meeting the needs of children with a diverse range of special educational needs. We are committed to providing the best education which reflects our vision, 'Together, children first...'. Castle Wood is a vibrant school where pupils are happy and engaged in their learning. We are passionate about creating innovative learning opportunities for our pupils. We have designed our curriculum to promote independence and holistic development. Our staff collaborate with parents, governors, and external agencies to provide pupils with the skills and experiences they need to succeed. We provide learning through children's individual interests, providing high quality teaching to secure the life skills our pupils need for now and the future.


Castle Wood School


50 Deedmore Road



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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


Rachel OConnor



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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