Teaching Assistant Apprentice Ferryhill School

This is a fantastic opportunity to come and join our highly professional team of Teaching Assistants. You will be supported and trained by experienced mentors throughout your apprenticeship as well as attending Bishop Auckland College one day a week.

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Closing date: 17 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The contract is term time only, wages will be worked out pro rata.

    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, 8.15am - 3.15pm (30 mins for lunch). Role is term time only.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Support for Pupils:

  • To raise pupil achievement by supporting the class teacher and pastoral team to develop outstanding practice
  • Work with individual and groups of children to encourage them to achieve greater independence and self-confidence
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents and carers, promoting the school’s policies
  • Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their access to learning resources
  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the classroom by encouraging them to interact with each other and to engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Support the implementation of Education and Health Care Plans, behaviour support plans, personal care programmes, curriculum planning and assessment
  • To evaluate learning and provide feedback to the teacher / parent / agency as needed

Support for teachers:

  • Follow the instructions of the class teachers and teaching assistants with planning, delivery and evaluation of differentiated and varied learning activities
  • Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts in line with school protocols and school behaviour policies
  • Contribute towards resourcing teaching, by developing and making resources as necessary for children in the class or year group
  • Listen to children read, read stories and tell stories to individuals or groups of children
  • Work with pupils on programmes linked to local and national curriculum and learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, recording achievement, progress and feeding back to the teacher
  • Monitor pupils’ responses to learning activities and achievement as directed.
  • Provide detailed feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc. as requested
  • Under the guidance of more experienced colleagues, learn to undertake pupil record-keeping as requested
  • Under the guidance of more experienced colleagues, assist with the collation of pupil reports as requested by the teacher. This may involve data input
  • Support the effective use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use
  • Maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans
  • To clear away resources and materials after lessons
  • Assist with the display of pupils’ work in the classroom and around school
  • Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/learning activity and assist pupils in their use.
  • Undertake routine administrative tasks e.g. photocopying, filing, reproducing work sheets for agreed activities

Support for the school:

  • Be aware of and comply with policies relating to child protection, health & safety, confidentiality, safeguarding and data protection, reporting all concerns to a nominated person
  • Contribute to the overall work, smooth running and ethos of the school
  • Appreciate and support the role of other people in the team
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required
  • Participate in the school’s Performance Management process.
  • 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
  • On the job training to be provided by the employer
  • You will be required to attend Bishop Auckland College on a weekly basis during term time

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • To be discussed at interview

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Team working, Non judgemental, Patience, Commitment to role, Good role model, Emotional resilience, Caring disposition


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 / A*-C / Level 2) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 / A*-C / Level 2) Essential

Things to consider

Occasional out of hours working to support school functions. This post is subject to safeguarding and qualification checks.

About the employer

At Ferryhill School young people, and their parents, can expect to receive a high quality education that aims to 'inspire learners to succeed as enterprising individuals'. We look to blend the traditional standards of good behaviour, regular and punctual attendance, positive attitude to learning with the most modern resources, innovative practice and teaching towards challenging targets. We work closely with students and their parents, listening to and addressing needs, raising expectations, confidence and self-esteem. We believe strongly in "Achievement for all students" regardless of background or ability. We want the very best for the students in our care and as a college and community we are making great progress - In our last Ofsted inspection where we were graded as GOOD with many OUTSTANDING features and have recently been nominated for a Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Award for outstanding progress. In the past 2 years almost every subject in the school has posted record GCSE examination results and government reports tell us that we are achieving in the top 7% of all schools in England. We have recently been included in the Top 100 schools in England Other quality awards achieved include (amongst many), International Schools Award 2014-17, Healthy Schools Award, Anti Bullying Accreditation and Investors in Children status The opinions of our parents are students are important to us. Our Student Leaders at Ferryhill School are involved in many aspects of school life including fundraising, school meals and staff selection . Much talent and effort focus on ensuring that students are safe, healthy and ready to learn. Our commitment to their welfare is also recognised by the Healthy Schools Award and Durham LA Anti-bullying accreditation. Our parent surveys are widely completed and parents have a positive view of the school. We are truly inclusive - everyone counts. We aim to meet the needs of all pupils, we celebrate our diversity and we’re proud to hold the Rainbow Flag Award for our commitment to LGBT inclusion. As an organisation that values all staff we also try to ensure that staff continue to learn and are deployed to best effect. Many staff are involved in additional study and work to improve their qualifications. We are also extending our partnerships to enhance opportunities to learn with and from others. We have extensive links with other secondary schools locally and nationally and internationally and we look forward to receiving guests from across the globe for our continuing international projects. We think that Ferryhill School is an exciting place to be - we welcome visitors to the school, to see us when we are at our best, when working with our students. Education is a learning adventure and we hope that you and your child we choose to take this important journey with us. Mr K Brennan


Ferryhill School


Ferryhill School

Merrington Road


DL17 8RW

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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


David Brough


01388 743164

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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