Learning Support Assistant Apprentice BURNSIDE COLLEGE

Under the direction/instruction of the SENCo to support learners to achieve academic and personal targets, promote independence, self-reliance and collaborative work and manage behaviour within an established behaviour policy.

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Closing date: 03 Jun 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, 8.00am - 4.00pm (Friday, 3.30pm), with a 30 minute lunch break. This will include training you are required to attend off-site as part of your apprenticeship. This is a 193 day contract (term-time + 3 days) and the salary is paid pro-rata.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Burnside College wishes to appoint a Learning Support Assistant Apprentice to join our education support team. Working within a team of experienced professionals the Learning Support Assistant Apprentice will support students within the classroom and on a one to one or small group basis to achieve academic and personal targets.

The successful person will be a good team worker, organised in their approach and have excellent communication skills as well as being a role model to all students. Applicants will be highly motivated and have a passion to ensure that our learners achieve the very best that they can at all times.

The purpose of the role will be to uphold the core standards of pride, respect and achievement with all learners and to ensure that those requiring specialist provision receive the highest standard of bespoke support.

Specifically, Learning Support Assistants will:

  • Establish productive working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model, promoting challenge and active participation in learning
  • Be committed to supporting all learners with social and emotional issues to restore participation and learning
  • Promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance and collaborative work
  • Develop specialist knowledge of both the curriculum and learners’
    bespoke needs to work with teaching staff and ensure maximum progress
  • Record progress and achievement in lessons and provide evidence of level of progress and attainment that can be shared with all stakeholders
  • Work within an established behaviour policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self control and independence
  • Be committed to continuous professional development and contribute knowledge and expertise in departmental and whole school training
  • Be confident to develop, monitor and contribute to learning passports ensuring effective dissemination
  • Deliver out of school learning activities within guidelines established by the school
  • Have a high level of literacy and numeracy and show confidence in support of school strategies that address underperformance e.g. bridging the gap for students not considered secondary ready

The training you will be getting

  • Teaching Assistant Level 3 qualification
  • On the job training, working as part of the education support team at Burnside College.
  • One day a week release for theoretical study and assignment work through North Tyneside Council, at one of the Adult Learning Centres.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Supportive school environment and opportunity to gain qualifications and experience.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5/C or above) Essential

Things to consider

Enhanced DBS Required

About the employer

Burnside College is a good school with an outstanding sixth form provision. We put teaching and learning first and are committed to providing a high quality and inclusive learning experience. We are determined to make a difference for the young people in our community and our core values of pride, respect and achievement are at the heart of everything that we do. At Burnside College, we value our staff and are committed to providing ongoing professional development in a supportive environment.




Burnside College

St. Peters Road


NE28 7LQ


Ellie Galbraith (SENCo)


0191 259 8500

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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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