Teaching Assistant Apprentice Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School

In your role as a Teaching Assistant Apprentice, you will play a pivotal role in the development of positive educational experiences for children with a range of needs in the school setting. Working with the support of qualified teaching and support staff you will work with students with a range of needs, and support in the classroom environment.

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Closing date: 24 Jun 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

    Exact shifts TBC. Term Time plus 5 days.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

In your role as a Teaching Assistant Apprentice, you will play a pivotal role in the development of positive educational experiences for children with a range of needs in the school setting. Working with the support of qualified teaching and support staff you will be expected to contribute in the following areas among others:

Support for Pupils:

  • Support learning of small groups or individuals with a range of needs
  • Help with the care and support of pupils
  • Contribute to the health and well-being of pupils

 Establish and maintain relationships with individual pupils and groups

  • Be an effective model for pupil behaviour

Support for the teacher:

  • Assist with classroom resources & Lesson Preparation
  • Contribute to the management of pupils' behaviour, both in the classroom and on the playground, as required
  • Provide support for learning activities
  • Assist in the maintenance of a safe environment for pupils and staff
  • Assist in the presentation of display materials
  • Support teaching staff or senior colleagues with routine administration
  • Adhere to and promote all company policies and procedures
  • Ensure Health & Safety and hygiene of the KS1 is to a high standard

Support for the school:

  • Monitor effective working relationships with colleagues and parents
  • Contribute to the maintenance of pupil safety and security
  • Review and develop their own professional practice
  • Recognise confidentiality, child protection procedures, Health & Safety, and the policies of the Governing Body
  • Be involved in extracurricular activities, (e.g., clubs, activities, trips, open days, presentation evenings)
  • Assist with special activities in the school within school hours (e.g., sports days, plays, concerts, open days)

Health & Safety:

  • Ensuring that area of work complies with legislation relating to Health & Safety and observe and implement specific responsibilities in relation to these matters as detailed in the Policy for Health & Safety
  • Provide support in an emergency or evacuation situation, in a calm professional manner. Actively provide information to any emergency service when requested to do so


  • Be aware and familiar with academy policies and other guidance on the safeguarding and promotion of wellbeing of children and young people. Taking appropriate action in accordance with academy policies and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 where required.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard
  • Maths and English Functional Skills if required - if not required, Maths and English upskill will still be provided but you do not need to sit an exam
  • Preparation for End Point Assessment
  • Training schedule has yet to be agreed.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possibility of permanent employment and going on to complete further qualifications. The school have had previous apprentices who have gone on to full time careers in the school.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSE's including English and Maths (Grade 4 / C and above) Essential

Things to consider

This position is paid Term time. You will not be required to work during the school closure periods however, your salary in these periods will be adjusted accordingly in line with the retainer regulations as specified in the National Joint Council (NJC) Green Book agreement. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The appointment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring check (formally enhanced CRB), medical checks and satisfactory references. Please note that the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2009 apply to this position and therefore you are required to complete the ‘Disqualification by Association’ declaration form (attached). Should you be successful in your application for this post, your appointment cannot be progressed without this declaration.

About the employer

We are an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ nursery and primary school situated in the heart of the historic town of Sedgefield, County Durham. We provide a stimulating and exciting educational experience for 2-11 year olds. Sedgefield Hardwick is a learning community which evolves and changes. We believe that education is about expanding our expectations and building on firm foundations. It is critical for our success that every learner is well equipped with a balance of social, moral and academic skills. We have excellent staff who are committed to providing unique, stimulating and interesting learning opportunities which motivate our learners to apply their skills. For us, the true measure of successful learning is how well we are able to use our creativity in self-directed situations. At Sedgefield Hardwick we all have a part to play in shaping the future and we are all valued, respected and heard.


Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School


Hawthorn Road



TS21 3DA


Dee Balmer


01740 620041

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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


Emma Norbury


0191 5185587

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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