Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship St Matthews C of E Primary School

We are looking to appoint 2 x Apprentice Teaching Assistants to join our team to provide valuable, practical assistance to class teachers in both the classroom and supporting pupils at lunchtime. Candidates should be passionate about working with children on a 1-1 support basis and have a real desire to improve standards of learning in school.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This is a term time only role, with additional days to be worked in the school holidays as directed by the Headteacher.

    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 - Friday Shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    13 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Support for Pupils:

  • Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Supervise and support pupils to undertake agreed learning activities / programmes linked to local and national curriculum and learning strategies
  • Adjusting activities according to pupil responses and needs, including for those with special educational needs
  • The role may include supporting and implementing pupils’ personal programme, including social, health, physical, hygiene, and welfare matters. The pupil may also need assistance to access different areas of the school
  • Following appropriate training and in line with school procedures, to administer basic first aid and/or medication as required
  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils by encouraging them to interact with each other and to engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Support the effective use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use
  • Promote self-esteem and independence amongst pupils
  • Provide feedback to pupils on their progress and achievement under the guidance of a teacher, in line with school policy

Support for Teachers:

  • Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts in line with school behaviour policies
  • Working with younger children with complex needs, typically ASD
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents and carers, promoting the school s home/school liaison policy
  • Assist the teacher with the preparation of teaching and learning materials and resources
  • Provide detailed feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc. as requested
  • Undertake pupil record keeping as requested, and assist with the collation of pupil reports as requested by the teacher, which may involve data inputting
  • Maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans
  • Assist with the display of pupil’s work
  • Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/learning activity and assist pupils in their use
  • Administer and mark straightforward routine tests, e.g. spelling or mental arithmetic, and invigilate tests as required
  • Provide clerical support for teachers, e.g. photocopying, filing, collecting money, checking deliveries and placing goods in stock and maintaining records of stock, administering coursework and
    production of work sheets for agreed activities

Support for the School:

  • To support others within the classroom and the school, contributing to the achievement of school objectives by working as part of a team
  • Assist with activities outside the classroom, working as part of a team to oversee pupils and support Activity Leaders, e.g. Breakfast Club or accompanying to swimming lessons. (If this is an agreed part of the working pattern)
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out-of-school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of a teacher

The training you will be getting

  • Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • You will attend weekly, off the job training sessions at the Oldham College

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Any successful apprenticeship who demonstrates the ability and necessary skills to carry out the role of a L3 TA to a high standard, would be considered for any permanent vacancy that may arise in the school. This would be part of a further recruitment process

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Enthusiastic, Hard working and reliable, Flexible and adaptable, Punctual


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

Things to consider

Willingness to undertake training in relevant learning strategies. You will be expected to be flexible with the working hours to ensure ratios are maintained. During the year you will be expected to participate in additional events out of the normal working hours, for example, parent’s evening and open days. There is a degree of lifting and carrying that you will need to be able to carry out. This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. You will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS. Applications will only be accepted through the National Apprenticeship Website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship Please do not contact the employer direct. If your application is successful, you will be contacted by The Oldham College (normally via email) to invite you to attend a pre-interview and initial assessment.

About the employer

At St Matthew’s C of E Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all of our children achieve their full potential. We work hard to remove any barriers that may be affecting learning and aim to provide them with the support they need to make progress and succeed. However, we understand that children learn at different rates and that some children require more personalised help. We create emotionally resilient children and staff with a range of academic and life skills. We prepare our children for life, not only the next stages of their education, and provide them with the tools to be lifelong learners.


St Matthews C of E Primary School


St Matthew's Church of England Primary School

Chadderton Hall Road



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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


Andrea Kearns


0161 785 4072

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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