We are looking to appoint to join our team to provide valuable, practical assistance to class teachers in both the classroom and supporting pupils at lunchtime. The successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels. We are looking for a reliable, flexible individual who has a passion working in school.

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Closing date: 05 Jul 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 - Friday 32.5 hours per week (Term time) plus 5 days as directed by the Head teacher

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    17 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Endeavour to maintain and develop the Roman Catholic character of the school in accordance with the directions given by the School Governors and subject thereto to those given by the Headteacher. 

Provide an education for the whole child and fostering in and through a Catholic atmosphere those qualities which will enable each individual to live happily and develop fully his or her intellectual, moral, physical, social, emotional and spiritual qualities.

1. To support pupils in their learning, within and outside of the classroom in order for them to make good progress.

2. To provide targeted support to develop independence and overcome potential barriers to learning.

3. To complete the approved accreditation in conjunction with our Training Provider using work experience gained within the role to support this.

4. Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations. To develop an understanding of the needs of students and to use this knowledge to support their learning in the classroom.

5. To develop an understanding of specific support strategies and implement these to best effect at all times in order to remove barriers to learning for SEND pupils.

6. Supervise and support pupils to undertake agreed learning activities / programmes linked to local and national curriculum and learning strategies, e.g. literacy, numeracy

7. Adjusting activities according to pupil responses and needs, including for those with special educational needs and social emotional needs.

8. The role may include supporting pupils’ social needs. The pupil may also need assistance to access different areas of the school. To administer basic first aid and/or medication as required.

9. Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils by encouraging them to interact with each other and to engage in activities led by the teacher. Deliver interventions to support the development of social and emotional needs.

10. Support the effective use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.

11. Support the implementation of Individual Education Plans and Behaviour Plans.

12. Provide feedback to pupils on their progress and achievement under the guidance of a teacher, in line with school policy.

13. To support the college in ensuring examination access arrangements are in place for relevant pupils by acting as reader and/or scribe.

14. To engage in internal or external CPD as directed by HLTA/Learning Support Manager/SENCO.

15. 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.

16. To maintain confidentiality on all college related matters.

17. Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts in line with school behaviour policies.

18. Establish constructive relationships with parents and carers, promoting the School’s home/school liaison policy.

19. Assist the teacher with the preparation of teaching and learning materials and resources.

20. Provide detailed feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc. as requested.

21. Undertake pupil record keeping as requested, and assist with the collation of pupil reports as requested by the teacher, which may involve data inputting.

22. Administer and mark straightforward routine tests and invigilate tests as required.

23. 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, production of work sheets for agreed activities.

The training you will be getting

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard

You will attend weekly, off the job training sessions at the Oldham College.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time employment.
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, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent) 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 undertake an enhanced DBS. Applications will only be accepted through the National Apprenticeship Website: Please do not contact the employer directly. 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

Newman College is a Roman Catholic Secondary school serving Oldham and the surrounding areas. At Newman College we cultivate and celebrate our distinct Catholic nature through the promotion of ‘Dignity and Excellence’ for all members of our College Rosary. John Henry Newman wrote ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.’ Newman College is committed to placing faith at its centre, radiating the Gospel values of love, service, courage and reconciliation from the physical and spiritual heart of our learning community. ‘I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons’. At Newman College we celebrate collectively in our triumphs and we are united in our trials. The role of the apprentice will be instrumental in supporting our pupils on their learning journey.








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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


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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