Apprentice Teaching Assistant Cartmel Priory School

We are looking to appoint an apprentice teaching assistant to be part of the SSU department. The SEND Department is based in the Student Support Unit (SSU). It is well resourced and, with the support of the SSU staff, operates as The Haven at lunchtimes with a Homework Club next door. Teaching Assistants supervise this provision on a rota basis.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 23 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, Shifts to be disclosed.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

To work under the guidance of the SENCO to undertake support programmes, to enable access to the learning for students and assist the teacher in the management of students and the classroom. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area.

Support for the Students:

  • Supervise and provide particular support for students, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes
  • Establish constructive relationships with students and interact with them according to individual needs
  • Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students
  • Encourage students to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self esteem and independence
  • Provide feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher

Support for the Teacher:

  • Help create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment in accordance with lesson plans and assist with the display of student’s work
  • Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support students to achieve learning goals
  • Assist with the planning of learning activities
  • Monitor students’ responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/progress as directed
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on students’ achievement, progress, problems etc
  • Promote good student behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers
  • Administer routine tests and invigilate exams and undertake routine marking of student work
  • Provide clerical/admin support, eg photocopying, typing, filing,money, administer coursework etc.

Support for the Curriculum:

  • Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to student responses
  • Undertake programmes linked to local and national learning strategies, eg literacy, numeracy, KS3, early years recording achievement and progress and feeding back to the teacher
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop students’ competence and independence of its use
  • Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/relevant learning activity and assist students in their use

Support for the school:

  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work and aims of the school, including support for the school’s Christian ethos
  • Contribute to effective team working within the Student Support Unit
  • Be aware and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of, and support difference, and ensure equal opportunities for all
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required
  • Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies and professionals
  • Assist with the supervision of students out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtime, and help supervise the haven/homework club at lunchtime
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others
  • Accompany teaching staff and students on visits, trips and out of school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard
  • Relevant training will be provided through Lancaster and Morecambe College in order to complete the programme

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Teaching Assistant posts are dependent on funding and number of students that have additional needs so a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship is not guaranteed

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Initiative, Calm, Positive Attitude, Commitment to young people, Proffessional, Support for the school’s Chris


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

About the employer

Cartmel Priory CE School is a special and unique place to work. Our greatest strength as a school is the commitment of our staff (teaching and support) to the students and the fact that we know them as individuals. Schooling is based on our traditional values, an idyllic setting, small class sizes and excellent pastoral support. This is a school where individuals matter and where you can make a real difference to students’ lives. We are a small 11-16 school with 365 students on roll. The school is located in the village of Cartmel, an attractive rural village (having been placed in The Times ‘30 Best Villages in Britain’). Cartmel is on the edge of the Lake District National Park and two miles from Morecambe Bay. We are one of two Church of England secondary schools in Cumbria, both of which are non-selective converter academies. Our intake is fully comprehensive. We have, therefore, students of all abilities and social backgrounds, but with lower than average levels of deprivation overall (as measured by % FSM) and a higher than average % of students with Educational Health Care Plans. The average attainment of our students on entry varies from year to year, but is generally around the national average overall. Students make excellent academic progress and the school is consistently placed amongst Cumbria’s highest performing schools in terms of progress made. In 2023, Cartmel Priory CE School achieved a Progress 8 score of +0.29. We are very proud of our school and for the experiences we are able to offer students. We believe strongly that education is about supporting students in a holistic way to develop the wisdom, knowledge and skills to be ready for their adult life.


Cartmel Priory School




LA11 7SA

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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


Charlie Helme

01524 521483

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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 23 Jul 2024