Apprentice SEN Teaching Assistant THE HARMONY TRUST LTD

The Board of Trustees wish to provide an opportunity for a SEN Teaching Assistant. This will be based at Carlyle Infant & Nursery Academy in Littleover, Derby. You will be responsible for supporting child-initiated and adult-led activities based on the needs of each child, as well as working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe.

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Closing date: 26 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Access to a staff benefits scheme and cash healthcare plan.

    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 to Friday. (Shifts to be confirmed).

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs 
  • Assist and support pupils, including those with special needs, in respect of personal, local and national learning strategies across the curriculum, as directed by the teacher
  • Ensure all pupils are safe and have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • The role may include supporting the pupil’s personal programmes, relating to 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
  • Promote self-esteem and encourage pupils to act independently as appropriate
  • Provide feedback on pupils’ personal needs as appropriate
  • Support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate. Support pupils to understand instructions.
  • Gather, report information from/to parents/carers as directed
  • Be aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher as agreed
  • Undertake basic pupil record keeping as requested
  • Prepare classroom as directed for lessons and clear up afterwards
  • Assist with the display of pupils’ work
  • Prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use
  • Provide routine clerical support for teachers, e.g. photocopying, filing, collecting money, checking deliveries and placing goods in stock and maintaining records of stock
  • To understand the importance of inclusion, equality and diversity, both when working with pupils and with colleagues, and to promote equal opportunities for all
  • To uphold and promote the values and the ethos of the school
  • To implement and uphold the policies, procedures and codes of practice of the School, including relating to customer care, finance, data protection, ICT, health & safety, anti-bullying and safeguarding/child protection
  • To take a proactive approach to health and safety, working with others in the school to minimise and mitigate potential hazards and risks and actively contribute to the security of the school, e.g. challenging a stranger on the premises
  • To participate and engage with workplace learning and development opportunities to continually improve own performance and that of the team/school, subject to the school training plan
  • To attend and participate in relevant meetings as appropriate
  • To undertake any other additional duties commensurate with the grade of the post.

To work as part of a professional Teaching Assistant Team in our Academy This will include:

  • Being responsible for supporting child-initiated and adult-led activities based around the needs and interests of each individual child
  • Supporting the observation and assessment of the children
  • Working as part of a team to ensure each child feels safe and secure
  • Working in partnership with colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals
  • Having a duty of care and following relevant safeguarding procedures  

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship. The training will be delivered at the Roundhouse campus of Derby College Group, as well as in the workplace. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • You could progress to become a Teaching Assistant

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Good with children


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade C/4 and above.) 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 outside of normal working hours, for example, parent’s evenings 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.

About the employer

Our core aim is to provide the best possible education for our children. We want the academy to make a real difference to the lives of pupils and parents who live and work in Oldham. We believe that The Harmony Trust will be a place where every child believes, achieves and succeeds. Developing well-being and self-esteem is at our core alongside raising attainment and achievement. we aim to prepare our learners for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life through a balanced high-quality education in a caring and stimulating environment, where our school community is learning and achieving together. We have academies in Derby and Northwest and have approximately 780 staff




Carlisle Avenue



DE23 3ES

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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


Amy Hitch

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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