We are looking for the right candidate to support the class teacher to maximise pupil learning and progress through one to one and small group support. You will represent a positive role model to pupils and work in collaboration with other professionals within the school environment.

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Closing date: 20 May 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, Term time plus 5 days. Time to be confirmed at interview

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

To work under the instructions of the Learning Support Centre Manager. 

Support for Pupils:

  • In the absence of the teacher be responsible for the supervision of students whose work has been set in accordance with school policy
  • Answering pupil’s queries about processes and procedures relating to the lesson and the work set.  Support the learning of students by explaining, reading, and clarifying work and encouraging the successful completion of tasks
  • Registering and recording pupils’ attendance in lessons
  • Supervise entry and departure of students in accordance with school policy
  • Support students in accessing learning activities, as directed by the teacher
  •  To be responsible for creating and maintaining a purposeful, orderly and productive working environment
  • Supervise and provide support for students, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities
  • Establish constructive relationships with students and interact with them according to individual needs
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students and encourage students to interact with others and engage in activities
  • Set challenging & demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence
  • Provide feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher.
  • Receive &supervise students excluded from, or otherwise not working to, a normal timetable
  • Establishing productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Providing feedback to students in relation to progress, achievement, behaviour, attendance, etc. provide information and advice to enable students to make choices about their own learning/behaviour/attendance
  • Support provision for pupils with special needs
  • Challenge and motivate students, promote and reinforce self-esteem
  • Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports, as required, to other staff on students’ achievement, progress and other matters: ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence
  • Be responsible for keeping and updating

Support for the Teachers:

  • Know safeguarding protocols and reporting arrangements and apply them
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting challenges, as appropriate
  • Gather/report information from/to parents/carers, as directed.
  • Update Pupil passports with relevant targets
  • Cover absent teacher using pre-prepared recourses delivered to whole classes

The training you will be getting

  • On the job training delivered in-house, off the job training at the Training Providers premises to be delivered weekly on day release
  • All training to be done during contracted hours
  • Support will be given to achieve the Teaching Assistant Level 3 qualification

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • For the right candidate this could lead to a permanent position in school should any vacancies be available


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, Physical fitness


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

About the employer

George Stephenson High School is an 11-18 high school with excellent facilities for learning. It is a happy, safe and enjoyable place to be with a purposeful atmosphere. Students are encouraged and supported throughout their time to achieve highly and fulfil their potential in all aspects of school life. We take pride in our students, value our staff and relentlessly strive to improve as an educational provider. The school has continued to improve significantly, building up a reputation as a lively, caring school and an exciting place for students to learn which has meant that we have been oversubscribed for many years.





Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE12 6SA

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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

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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