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Job Reference 1631010Apprentice Teaching Assistant Level 3The work involves supporting children individually, in groups or as a whole class in schools and nurseries. As a TA you'll engage with pupils across a range of abilities and undertake duties that support the teacher, such as preparing the classroom.

Apprenticeship Summary

Learning Support Staff are one of our biggest assets and support all our pupils with all aspects of their education, health and development.

One of the essential roles of a learning support assistant at Briarwood is to support the class teacher in the teaching and learning of the pupils. We expect this to be done by providing a safe, resource rich environment with appropriate planning and assessments to meet all needs. They may be required to work with whole classes, small groups or on a one to one basis. LSAs should also promote high standards of behaviour through a consistent approach in line with an individual pupils behaviour plan.

TAs should promote the independence of all pupils whilst ensuring their safety and wellbeing is of the highest priority. They can be expected to do this through having a thorough understanding of safeguarding, knowing each individual they work with and having consistently high standards.

Communication is a high priority for all pupils at Briarwood and TAs should support this at all times, favouring a total communication approach. They should adapt their approach to each individual.

Enabling pupils to develop valuable life skills is also a key role. By listening to and observing pupil needs we can aim to ensure all learners have the bespoke education they require. This can be achieved through positive teamwork, good communication and in some cases working co-operatively with other professionals.

Learning support staff are at the forefront of making each day enjoyable and engaging to ensure the best possible learning for all pupils.

TAs at Briarwood have the qualities of superheroes. We believe that:

You should be capable of outstanding team work

  • Be adaptable and ready for anything
  • Be calm, creative and have a sense of humour, whilst being caring and patient
  • TAs should also have good communication skills, be observant and responsive
  • It is helpful for TAs s to be confident, yet reflective and to be able to balance the tasks required of them
  • TAs need to be good listeners and be able to put imaginative ideas into practice.
  • All Staff should be able to treat pupils with respect and dignity
  • Many of the pupils at Briarwood have a differentiated behaviour plan. It is important that all learning support staff are aware of the pupils in their class who have a plan, It is essential that all TAs should   know the strategies that are in place for each pupil to ensure consistency in approach. TAs should provide input and feedback to the ongoing development of these plans.
  • Staff are also expected to collect data on a daily basis regarding pupil behaviour. This is often by filling out ABCC charts, behaviour frequency charts or reporting incidents as appropriate to the policy. Many of the pupils at Briarwood often have medical and health needs. It is often the role of a learning support assistant to provide care for pupils with these problems. Thorough training would be provided for all staff working with these pupils and additional policies have been written regarding many of these aspects, however some of the most common supportive roles in this area are drug/medicine administration, supporting pupils with seizures (epilepsy), tube feeding and changes to diets, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and the use of specialist equipment. Some pupils with very severe health needs have a one to one health care worker.
  • TAs s who are involved with these pupils need to be aware of their own wellbeing as well as that of the pupils. Debriefing is always available.
  • Many pupils at Briarwood require support with personal care and hygiene. TAs are expected to support pupils with this aspect of their day and treat all pupils with care and dignity. LSAs should have high consideration for hygiene and ensure that appropriate equipment and cleaning practices are used at all times.

The main duties are as follows:

  • To supervise and support pupils undertaking teacher designated activities with groups or individuals
  • Support designated pupils with special needs
  • Assist the class teacher with monitoring pupils progress
  • To attend to pupils personal needs, such as hygiene and basic first aid
  • Attend staff meetings and in-service training days
  • To support break time supervision and out-of-school activities
  • To promote and reinforce school policies, practices and procedures
  • To act as an adult role model and support school policies at all times
  • Exercise responsibility for the welfare and safety of pupils at all times
  • To support teachers to manage and create displays and resources to meet the needs of individuals
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Closing Date:
1 Jun 2020

£124.80, Weekly

Working week:
Monday – Friday 8.45am-3.45pm one day college release

Expected duration:
2 years

Possible start date:
1 Sep 2020

Date posted:
2 weeks ago

Apprenticeship level:

Reference number:

4 available


Elaine Eldridge0117 9092234
[email protected]

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Willingness to learn from others and taking instruction from teaching staff, Teaching Assistants and Lunchtime Supervisors
  •  Observant
  • Flexible and adaptable
     Good interpersonal skills
     Basic knowledge of ICT applications such as Word
  • excellent verbal communication skills for motivating children to learn
  • active listening skills to understand the children’s' needs
  • to be flexible and open to change for working on different activities
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • Some work experience or voluntary work with children is highly recommended.

Personal qualities

You’ll need:

  • Able to work independently
  • Desire to work with children
  • Patient
  • Sense of humour
  • Good listening skills to follow instructions
  • Team player
  • Excellent role model-smart appearance and
  • Appropriately dressed
  • The ability to empathise with both children and parents
  • Motivated to develop as an individual and complete the training and achieve the qualification
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Confidential
  • Sensitivity and understanding for building good relationships with children
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Desired qualifications

Minimum 3 GCSEs, C and above (or 4-9) to include maths and English or equivalent qualification.

Future prospects

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

Things to consider

The duration of this apprenticeship will range from 18 months to 2 years depending on the apprentices prior learning and experience.

  • You will need to pass an enhanced background check (DBS).
  • Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

Applications will only be accepted through the National Apprenticeship Website:

If your application is successful, you will be contacted by South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (normally via email) to invite you to attend a pre-interview and initial assessment.  Please ensure that you also check your junk/spam inbox for emails.

If you are successful at this stage, you will then be invited to attend an interview with the school/employer. This could be an online interview, like Zoom or Teams.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). 
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About the employer

Special School – Bristol local authority

Briarwood Special School

Briar Way
BS16 4EA


Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

SGS College have embedded the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. We will support apprentices in building their portfolio to cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard. On programme learning will be followed by the final End Point Assessment, which includes a practical observation with question and answer, portfolio of evidence submission and a Profession Discussion. Full time apprentices will spend typically 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

Each apprentice will be assigned a dedicated skills coach who will support them in completing their Portfolio, Diploma and preparing for the End Point Assessment. The Employer, Training Provider and the learner will decide when the learner is ready to enter the Apprenticeship Gateway. The skills coach will help prepare the learner to ensure they are confident to complete all components.

The skills coach will schedule regular 1:1s and complete progress reviews with the apprentice’s Line Manager/Employer at 8 – 12-week intervals.

Training Provider
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Elaine Eldridge0117 9092234
[email protected]

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