Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship SEND Specialism Palmerston School

Palmerston School is an outstanding school that provides high quality education for pupils aged 11-19. This is an exciting opportunity for those who wish to work within special educational needs whilst being supported by a strong and nurturing team of colleagues.

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Closing date: 28 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    If the apprentice is over 19, then the wage will increase to national minimum wage after 12 months.

    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

    Term Time, Monday to Friday, approximately 8.30am - 4.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 32.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • This role involves working in a school with children and young people with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Leaning Difficulties (PLMD), Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and other associated medical and physical difficulties including communication and behavioural difficulties.
  • Assist teaching staff in the delivery of learning activities and working with small groups / individuals to ensure learning is taking place
  • Supervise the activities of individuals or groups of pupils both in and out of the classroom (including educational visits) to ensure their safety and facilitate their physical and emotional development in accordance with the school's behaviour management policy
  • Monitor individual pupil’s progress, achievements and development and report these to the teaching staff
  • Liaise with parents and carers in conjunction with the teaching staff to ensure effective communication concerning the pupils' well being
  • Record pupil information, as specified by the teaching staff/line manager to ensure that schools’ information systems are maintained
  • Prepare and maintain learning equipment and ensure that the classroom is kept clean and tidy
  • Display and present the pupils' work under the direction of teaching staff, so that it enhances the classroom environment and celebrates achievement
  • Attend staff and other meetings and participate in staff training / development work and staff reviews as required

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship qualification.
  • If the succesful apprentice does not hold GCSE grades A*-C (9-4) or equivalent, they will be required to complete a Level 2 Functional Skills in the relevant subject (Math and English)
  • Training will be provided by North West Community Services Training and the employer school. This will take place regulary through online sessions and face to face sessions within the school. There is no need to travel for training sessions. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Employment as a teaching assistant either within SEND schools or across a number of other educational settings.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 and above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 4 and above) Desired

Things to consider

This employer asks for a 2 week trial for candidates before an offer of apprenticeship can be made.

About the employer

Palmerston is an outstanding school that provides high quality education for pupils aged 11-19. We believe that all young people should experience a learning environment which nurtures, supports and challenges them to develop their independence skills, to be happy and confident. The positive relationships we have built between pupils, staff, governors, parents and our neighbouring community are highly valued and now we are fully established on our new site we look forward to building on these. We place great emphasis on developing independence and communication skills and have the highest expectations of our pupils encouraging them to achieve their goals no matter how big or small.


Palmerston School


Minehead Road


L17 6AU

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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


Hayley Jones


0151 521 5888

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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