Learning Support Apprentice Dorset Centre of Excellence, Coombe House School

This role encompasses a diverse range of tasks within classrooms, school premises, and off-site areas. Working closely with teachers, it aims to support curriculum delivery, assist students in overcoming learning barriers, and foster inclusive environments. You will support student development, providing care, and managing behavior under guidance.

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Closing date: 26 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    £23,893 - £25,979 (Pro rata - Term time only). Actual is £21,033.54 – 22,869.89.

  • Working week

    Full Time (35 hours) 08.30 - 16.00 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 08.30 - 16.30 on a Wednesday 08.30 - 15.30 on a Friday Part time, full days also available – must include a Wednesday due to staff training, and a minimum 3 days per week.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    10 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Using curriculum programmes developed in partnership with
    teachers to support the education of groups of students.
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver structured and agreed learning activities with teachers, differentiating activities for the needs of the students.
  • Assist with the development of individual EHCP plans.
  • To support disadvantaged students to help ‘narrow the gap’.
  • To provide feedback to students in relation to progress and
  • To work with teachers to establish an appropriate learning
  • To establish productive working relationships with students, acting
    as a role model and setting high expectations.
  • To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the
    classroom and encourage students to interact and work
    cooperatively with others and engage all students in activities.
  • To promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and
    reward achievement or self-reliance.
  • To be responsible for keeping and updating records as agreed with class teachers and/or relevant line manager.
  •  To promote positive values, attitudes and good student behaviour,
    dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established
    policies and encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • To help support in the administration of assessments and tests
    including invigilation of exams/tests.
  • To liaise sensitively and effectively with parents/carers as agreed
    with the teacher within your role/responsibility and participate in
    feedback sessions/meetings with parents with, or as directed by the teacher.
  •  To establish constructive relationships according to individual needs and communicate with other professionals in liaison with the teacher, to support achievement and progress of students.
  • To supervise students on visits, trips and out of hours learning
    activities as required which fall within the remit and hours of the
  • To contribute to the wider life of the school and company.
  • To contribute to the induction of new students as appropriate.
  • To ensure effective communication as appropriate with all
    stakeholders and persons or bodies outside the school and company.
  • To undertake any necessary professional development, taking full
    advantage of any relevant training and development available.
  • To undergo appropriate training in order to develop skills for the
  • To play a full part in the life of the school community, to support its
    distinctive mission and ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.
  • Compliance with all school policies and procedures, including the
    safeguarding and child protection policies and prevent duty.
  • To continue personal development and actively engage in the staff, review, and development plans.
  • To carry out break and lunchtime duties.
    The following duties are ones which all staff are required to perform:
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • Observe health and safety procedures and work safely at all times;
  • To be responsible for your own continuing self-development,
    undertaking training as appropriate to the working environment, location, and developments in your role.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard - Teaching Assistant:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant - Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at Level 2, if required (exemptions apply)

The training provider in partnership with the employer and follow the scheme of work to provide all necessary learning in the work place to fulfil the requirements of the employer occupational brief. 

Delivery will take a blended approach with face to face classes at our Bridgwater campus.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Following successful completion of the training it is hoped the individual can join our teaching team on a full-time basis. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

This job description is current at the date of publication but will be reviewed on an annual basis and, following consultation with you, may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the job requirements which are commensurate with the job title and grade. This job description is provided to assist the post holder to know their principal duties Successful applicants will require a DBS check.

About the employer

Coombe House School provides a relationship-based, high-quality education for young people from 5 to 19 with special educational needs. We want our education to provide lifelong memories of success and enjoyment of education.


Dorset Centre of Excellence, Coombe House School


Donhead St. Mary



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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


Tasha Astill



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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