Teaching Assistant Apprentice SWIFT ACADEMIES

We are looking for someone who loves working with children of all abilities, can lead by example, embody our school motto, work as a team and embrace our school ethos. You will play an appropriate part in establishing effective relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals in liaison with the teacher.

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Closing date: 24 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.40 per hour, £8,998.40 Term time only

    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 - Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm. Total hours per week: 37 hours a week

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 May 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Provide learning activities for individuals and groups of pupils and also under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher, differentiating and adapting learning programmes to suit the needs of allocated pupils.
  • Assess, record and report on development, progress and attainment as agreed with the teacher.
  • Monitor and record pupil responses and learning achievements, drawing any problems which cannot be resolved to the attention of the teacher.
  • Plan and evaluate specialist learning activities with the teacher, writing reports and records as required.
  • Select and adapt appropriate resources/methods to facilitate agreed learning activities.
  • Support pupils in social and emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate.
  • You may be required to undertake at least one of the following under the direction of the class teacher:
  • Provide support to pupils with learning, behavioural, communication, social, sensory or physical difficulties.
  • Provide support to students where English is not their first language.
  • Provide support to gifted and talented pupils
  • Provide support to all pupils in a particular learning area (e.g. ICT, literacy, numeracy)
  • In addition, generic responsibilities which may be undertaken in support of the above:
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families, carers and other adults e.g. speech therapists.
  • Be responsible for the preparation of resources.
  • Escort and supervise pupils on educational and out of school activities.
  • Guide and support pupils in their personal, emotional and social development.
  • Prepare and present displays.
  • Supervise individuals and groups of pupils throughout the day, including supervision in the classroom, playground and dining areas.
  • Assist pupils with eating, dressing and hygiene, as required whilst encouraging independence.
  • Work with pupils not working to normal timetable.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship
  • Location – Longfield Academy, Darlington
  • Working 5 days per week inclusive of 1 day release for study at Darlington College

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There may be an opportunity to secure a long term position after successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Administrative skills, Initiative, Timekeeping, Flexible, Approachable, Enthusiastic


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

About the employer

Core aims are at the heart of everything we do at Longfield, from the expectations in the classroom and around school, to representing the school in competition and in the community. They are an integral part of the school’s PHSE, assembly and house systems, which are interwoven into the fabric of our inclusive school culture. Our Local Governing Body are proud to endorse our ethos of Respect, Excellence, Achievement and Determination. These are evident from the moment you step into the school. At Longfield, we strive to ensure the highest standards are met, to provide the pupils not only with the best academic performance, but a moral code that will serve them well in future life.




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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


Nagina Patrai


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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