Freemantles School - Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship INSPIRE ATA LIMITED

Freemantles School are looking for a Teaching Assistant apprentice to provide education provision for autistic children and young people or children with complex social communication needs aged 4 to 19 years. We will also be opening a temporary satellite site for autistic infant children at Ripley CoE Infants School building in January 2024.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Automatic pay increase after one year on programme for 19+ year-olds

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, working hours to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Jul 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • We are seeking Classroom Assistants to join our rapidly expanding team
  • You will be based at our temporary satellite site in Ripley
  • You will work alongside the Teacher, Lead Assistant and other Classroom Assistants as a member of the class team in order to deliver an appropriate curriculum within a secure, appropriately stimulating and nurturing environment
  • Classroom Assistants are responsible to the teacher in the group
  • Classroom Assistants provide classroom support to children, supporting all elements of learning, emotional wellbeing, communication, behaviour and personal care
  • You will be working with our infant children, our classes each have 9 children. 

What can we offer you?

  • An opportunity to learn on the job; whilst previous experience of working with children would be good, it is not essential, as we provide all staff with a training package and ongoing professional development
  • The school leaders at Freemantles are experienced in supporting staff to develop their individual careers in a range of fields including education and psychology for example. The unique hands-on experience you will gain with Freemantles may be an ideal stepping stone in your career
  • A rewarding role, with plenty of variety. The curriculum at Freemantles is not only what we formally teach, it is the means by which we focus on the learning needs of each student for their emotional well-being and life satisfaction both now and in the future. We aim to deliver an exciting and stimulating curriculum, which includes outdoor and community learning. All classes have weekly outings into the community to extend their learning beyond the classroom and develop their communication, independence and social skills
  • A workplace which promotes professional wellbeing and resilience. All staff at Freemantles have access to an Employee Assistance Programme, a dedicated staff room and free parking
  • We also run wellbeing and social activities throughout the year
  • We have recently set up a staff food bank

What you need:

  • To be able to read, write and speak English and do basic number work
  • Experience of caring for others, children or adults
  • Any job role that includes caring for children or adults
  • Interest
  • You do need to be aware that we are a school for autistic children
  • You need to show us you are really interested in working within our school

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship standard qualification
  • Online apprenticeship coursework supported by our dedicated tutors
  • Workplace located at Ripley CoE Infants School

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Potential full time employment for the right candidate upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

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, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Caring, Reliable


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

Things to consider

Please be aware that upon a successful offer of employment the company completes digitalised right-to-work checks and DBS applications via an external provider - 'Matrix Screening'. The company also completes an internal online social media search, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. Please google the location prior to applying.

About the employer

Inspire ATA is an official Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency, licenced by the Department for Education. Currently ranked 2nd in the Rate My Apprenticeship Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK Award 2023-2024. Inspire ATA specialises in creating apprenticeship opportunities, where we recruit and employ the apprentice on behalf of our host clients, enabling us to offer additional support and a better experience for both the apprentice and the client as the experts in the industry. We arrange the most suitable and appropriate apprenticeship training from one of our partnered training providers. If you are successful in securing an apprenticeship with Inspire ATA, it is important to understand that Inspire ATA will be your employer and the apprenticeship placement will be a separate organisation that simply hosts you as an apprentice. As a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency, Inspire ATA performs an important role in developing the UK labour market and it is our responsibility to ensure that talent is recognised, developed, and matched with business needs, whatever the background of the individual, irrespective of race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity and gender reassignment. We are proud of the diverse nature of our business and work with clients to ensure that all candidates are treated with courtesy and respect.




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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




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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