Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship at South Somerset Partnership School, Chard Somerset Council

To assist teaching staff in the development and implementation of programmes of work and in the provision of a stable, caring, and supportive learning environment, which enables pupils to achieve their full learning potential and facilitates their social and emotional development.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This role is term time only and therefore the advertised salary is pro-rata based on the term-time only nature of this role.

    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

    08.00-16.00 Monday - Friday (15.30 finish Friday). Term time only.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Under the guidance and direction of a teacher:

  • Develop, maintain, and apply knowledge and understanding of pupils’ general and specific learning needs to ensure that support is given to them at an appropriate level

Learning support is delivered individually and in groups through a range of tasks which includes:

  • Delivering, supporting, and directing tasks, clarifying, and explaining instructions
  • Supporting pupils in specific areas needing improvement, both academic and social
  • Work with and support pupils to ensure they can use ICT and other specialist equipment to enhance their learning
  • Motivate and encourage pupils to concentrate on and fulfil the tasks set
  • Undertake learning activities with pupils of varying abilities to ensure differentiation and access to the curriculum
  • Seek to ensure the promotion and reinforcement of pupil self-esteem, appropriate levels of effort and behaviour and to guide pupils to become independent learners
  • Contribute to the assessment of pupils’ learning, in particular with regard to literacy and numeracy skills
  • Contribute to the implementation of the National and/or Foundation Curriculum and specific individual pupil targets

Under the guidance of a Centre Leader:

  • To support the implementation of the school's behaviour policy and ensure rewards and sanctions are understood by both the child and the parent
  • To attend meetings as requested by the Centre Lead
  • To support cross-school and curricular activities
  • To ensure identified pupils follow school expectations in terms of uniform
  • To act as a role model for this group in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance

Support for Curriculum and centre:

  • Assist in the development, monitoring and evaluation of programmes of work
  • To upkeep data files, catalogue resources, maintain inventories, photocopy, record TV programmes and use IT systems for administration and educational purposes
  • Contribute to and assist in the development and monitoring of systems for review and recording of pupil's progress
  • Assist in the preparation, organisation and maintenance of classrooms and their equipment, including assistance with and creation of displays, make basic visual aids, art and craft materials, mount and display pupil's work
  • Assist in the preparation for educational visits, and where appropriate accompany students
  • Attend and contribute to school staff meetings and in-service training events, within contracted hours or outside normal hours by agreement
  • Supervise pupils in playgrounds and when arriving and leaving school
  • Assist in the supervision and delivery of baseline testing and any other tests/assessments as directed
  • Provide supervision at mealtimes, ensuring the environment promotes good table manners and behaviours. To support pupils in clearing up after meals are finished
  • To assume sole supervision of named groups of pupils where interventions or programmes are being delivered, this is always under the direct supervision of a member of teaching staff

Additionally, under the direction of a Centre Lead, the job may include some or all of the following duties, depending on the age and needs of pupils:

  • To hold a current first aid certificate
  • Maintain first aid equipment and materials
  • Undertake first aid
  • Under the direction of health service professionals, undertake activities in support of occupational, physio and speech therapy
  • Alongside teaching staff, to assist in the development of Individual Pathway Plans for pupils
  • To undertake a key worker role when required

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification
  • Functional Skills in English and maths Level 2, if required
  • End Point Assessment: Practical workplace observation; Q&A session; Professional Discussion
  • Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The school offers a programme of CPD for staff and access to various online courses

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/9-4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade A*-C/9-4) Desired

Things to consider

Successful candidates will be subject to a DBS check. Please consider how you will travel to the place of work, particularly if you rely on public transport. The post holder is expected to work both within and outside of the Centres, often dealing with students who are not easily engaged with. Substantial physical effort is sometimes required and there is a possible physical risk in dealing with aggressive behaviour. You may be asked to support outdoor education. As South Somerset Partnership School is an all through school, students are educated up to the end of Year 11 (16 years old) but occasionally up to Year 12 depending on their needs. For this reason, any apprentice must be at least 18 to create an age differentiation and to garner student respect.

About the employer

South Somerset Partnership School is responsible for the education of pupils under Section 19: Permanently Excluded; those currently unable to attend school for medical reasons and vulnerable pupils moving into South Somerset. All pupils have Social, Emotional or Mental Health Needs (SEMH). SSPS also supports mainstream partner schools providing in-reach and outreach support for pupils at risk of exclusion. The school is a maintained provision of Somerset Council.


Somerset Council


South Somerset Partnership School

Bradfield Way


TA20 2BG

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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


Philippa Bancroft


07917 923622

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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