Teaching Assistant Apprentice St Peter's C of E Primary School

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for learning and will put the needs of our children first. You must have excellent interpersonal skills, be committed to making a difference to children’s lives and have a passion for inclusive education.

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Closing date: 09 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Under 18 hourly rate is £8.72 an hour, 18 or above, you'll earn £10.90 an hour. This role is term time only so schools work 39 weeks a year.

  • Working week

    30 hours a week, term time only. Exact hours to be agreed between the apprentice and their Manager. You would attend college one day a week. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

The role will involve supporting children on a 1:1 basis, both inside and outside the classroom to enable the pupil(s) to learn effectively. The role will also involve delivering tailored programmes of intervention with small groups and working in partnership with the class teacher and the SENDCo.

You will work as a member of an established team and will contribute to the wider school community.
 High expectations of children’s potential and the ability to make effective relationships with children that enable learning to take place, are essential.

Job Description: 

1.Support for children’s learning

Under the guidance of the teaching staff, provide direct support for the learning of individual children or groups of children, including those with special needs, to achieve defined progression targets in a child’s individual education plan and in class plans through:

·     activities, interventions, empathetic and sympathetic listening, direct guidance and the provision of appropriate positive feedback to behaviour.

·     facilitating childrens general physical, emotional and educational development.

·     supervising and encouraging safe behaviour of individual and groups.

·     reinforcement of structured learning habits which meets defined targets for accessing the curriculum as set by the line manager.

2.         Support for the learning environment

Under the guidance of the teaching staff, prepare, store, retrieve, sort and display materials, finished work, equipment, topic work plans and/or assignment documents to assist in providing an effective learning environment as determined by the teacher to:

·     facilitate the required standards of achievement and performance, including feedback through structured assessment, for individuals and groups within the classroom.

·     support the development of continuous improvement in both personal performance in the job and the work of the team.

·     assist in the development, monitoring, reviewing and progression of childrens’ learning plans.

·     support invigilation and assessment processes, following procedures and under supervision which promotes the attainment of standards in learning progress by the school required by the Head and Governors, the LEA and the Office for Standards in Education [OFSTED].

3.         Care and support for children

Attend to the day to day needs of children, inside and outside the classroom, by:

·     provision of personal, social, hygiene, welfare and behaviour support.

·     awareness of the progress of individual children in attaining defined goals.

·     promoting effective pastoral care for individual children, under guidance, and liaising with colleagues to provide accurate records.

·     reporting concerns about progress, identifying possible solutions, to the teacher.

·     assisting educational and therapeutic professionals in their delivery of specialist support programmes.

·     carrying out specified medical care procedures following direct specific training by a qualified practitioner.

·     contributing to the assessment by the teacher of individual children’s development  through observation, record keeping, discussion with colleagues and teachers.


The training you will be getting

Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

We will support apprentices in building their portfolio to cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard. On programme learning will be followed by the End Point Assessment, which includes a practical observation with question and answer, portfolio of evidence submission and a Profession Discussion.

Full time apprentices will spend typically 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

Each apprentice will be assigned a dedicated skills coach who will support them in completing their Portfolio and preparing for the End Point Assessment. The Employer, Training Provider and the learner will decide when the learner is ready to enter the Apprenticeship Gateway. The skills coach will help prepare the learner to ensure they are confident to complete all components.

The skills coach will schedule regular 1:1s and complete progress reviews with the apprentice’s Line Manager/Employer at 8 – 12-week intervals.

The apprentice will attend the Filton Campus of SGS College on a weekly basis, term time only.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

Things to consider

• You will need to pass an enhanced background check (DBS).

About the employer

Our school is an extremely successful suburban primary school located in South Bristol. All of our children are encouraged to aim for excellence and to fulfil their individual potential – academically, socially and personally. We foster an environment in which children thrive because they enjoy school and feel happy, safe and valued. The needs of every child are always our prime consideration.


St Peter's C of E Primary School


St Peters c of e Primary School

Ellfield Close


BS13 8EF

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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


Elaine Baillie


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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