What will the apprentice be doing?
Working as an Apprentice Teaching Assistant, you will provide support to teachers in preparing for lessons and helping create a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all pupils. During lessons, you will work together with the class teacher to support pupils with classroom activities and help to manage behaviour.
Excellent communication and enthusiasm will be key in supporting all pupils to progress, achieve and overcome any problems. You will support all areas of the curriculum including literacy, numeracy and ICT within the classroom. You may be required to deliver interventions to individuals or small groups of pupils. You’ll also accompany teaching staff and pupils on trips and other out-of-school activities.
You will also act as a role model for pupils and be a positive influence on their behaviour and performance at school. So, it’s important that you demonstrate maturity and excellence in all you do. It will also be important to promote the ethos of the school at every opportunity.
The successful candidate will be;
- able to develop excellent relationships in order to inspire, challenge and support
- able to demonstrate a commitment to all areas of school life
- able to support the planning, preparation, setting clear targets and assessing the learning
needs of the children in your groups
- well organised and have a strong commitment to team work.
- enthusiastic, flexible and willing to contribute to extra-curricular activities
- willing to undertake all duties reasonably requested in a manner consistent with the aims of
Churnet View Middle School.
Training and qualification levels
You will study the Teaching Assistant level 3 apprenticeship, you will attend college every 6 weeks (college transport is available) for an activity day along with having regular visits in the workplace from your college instructor-mentor.
You will also complete a Level 1 Safeguarding course and have workplace Health & Safety inductions.
All school staff complete an annual program of weekly training/update sessions on a wide variety of CPD subject areas relating to teaching and learning, behavioural management, assessment, safeguarding and health and safety.
Requirements and prospects
- Communication skills
- IT skills
- Attention to detail
- Organisation skills
- Customer care skills
- Team working
- An interest in the industry
- Ability to learn from peers
- A passion to make a difference
- GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5/C or above) essential
- GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5/C or above) essential
There is excellent potential for future employment, many previous apprentices have been offered permanent positions on completion of their apprenticeship at the school or within the wider trust. Some have also progressed to become Inclusion Assistants and Cover Supervisors.