Apprentice Teaching Assistant at Joseph Turner Primary School Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

An apprenticeship with Joseph Turner Primary School is the perfect way to help you decide what job you may want in the future. This opportunity will provide real work experience at the same time as gaining qualifications. Duties will include: supporting pupils in their learning and providing 1:1 support to pupils with complex and profound multiple learning difficulties.

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Closing date: 04 Jun 2023

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

    Monday to Friday. Shifts to be confirmed by employer.

    Total hours per week: 32.5

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    17 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a member of the school's learning support team, your main jobs and duties will consist of:

Support to pupils:

  • Support all pupils in their learning.
  • 1:1 support to pupils with complex and profound multiple learning difficulties.
  • To facilitate the pupil’s development and skills in the use of resources including IT.
  • To maintain pupils’ interests and motivation.
  • Assisting pupils with dress/changing for activities/ personal hygiene.
  • To support individual/group work across the curriculum to raise levels of achievement.
  • Care and welfare of pupils to include toileting and feeding as required.
  • Escorting pupils around school premises.

Support to School

  • Communicate with those with parental responsibility during the working day, as part of the normal consultative and educational process.
  • Work with all school stakeholders to ensure effective communication.
  • To maintain school policies and procedures.
  • Preparation of rooms, equipment and displays.
  • Maintain school routine.
  • To promote high standards of behaviour throughout school in accordance with the Behaviour Policy.
  • Support the ethos of school.
  • Maintenance of safe environment.

Support to Teachers:

  • Contact with parents as part of normal consultative and educational process, e.g. progress evenings.
  • To deliver pre-planned programmes of work.
  • Planning and organisation of activities for children and support to teachers in the completion of assessment and other pupil records.
  • Undertaking duties on a rota basis during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
  • To assist the teacher with supervision of pupils on school trips/visits.
  • Keeping materials and equipment in tidy/safe manner.
  • Liaison with teachers and other staff to obtain, exchange and record information on pupils in accordance with school policy.
  • Support the supervision of individuals/groups of pupils.

Support with Curriculum

  • To assist in the teaching of the curriculum.
  • Support to teachers in the assessment and monitoring of pupils, in accordance with school policy.
  • To support individual/ group work across the curriculum to raise levels of achievement and to respond appropriately to pupils.
  • Participation in working groups on curriculum matters.
  • Involvement in planning meetings.
  • Attendance at staff meetings and appropriate training sessions as required.
  • Development and preparation of curriculum materials.

It is your responsibility to carry out your duties in line with the School's policy on equality and be sensitive and caring to the needs of the disadvantaged, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment. You should act as an exemplar on these issues and should identify and monitor training for yourself and any employees for whom you are responsible, in line with this policy, the Equality Standard and obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

The post holder must always carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the school's policy, organisation and arrangements for Health and Safety at Work.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • As well as working towards a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard you will learn job-specific skills from experienced colleagues
  • Sandwell apprentices also participate in our bespoke 'Skills Academy' for apprentices. In addition to a workplace mentor you will receive support throughout your apprenticeship by a dedicated mentor from the Council's Apprenticeships team.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The post is offered on a fixed-term contract to cover the duration of the apprenticeship training. You will receive support and guidance to identify and apply for any further apprenticeships or internal jobs that you are suitably experienced and qualified for. Our 'Next Steps' workshop will help you to identify the skills that you have gained throughout your apprenticeship in order to update your CV and apply for any opportunities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, Patience, Motivational, Professional, Mature, Flexible, Willing to learn, Outgoing


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

Things to consider

You must be willing to shadow senior staff, attend relevant training and be flexible to support the needs of the post. You will need to have a due regard for Safeguarding and Child Protection, therefore you will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS Check prior to commencing in the post. Annual leave must be taken outside of term time only.

About the employer

Sandwell is situated in the heart of the Black Country. In 2020 we were placed in the Top 100 employers nationally for apprentices, making Sandwell a great place to undertake an apprenticeship! Our apprenticeship team Think Sandwell advertise opportunities both in the council and with external employers.


Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council


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Apprenticeship standard

Teaching assistant

Level 3 (A level)

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