Job Reference 1652437Apprentice Teaching Assistant Level 3The work involves supporting children individually, in groups or as a whole class in our school.
As a TA you'll engage with pupils across a range of abilities, including some children with SEN needs and will undertake duties that support the teacher, such as preparing the classroom and resources.
Role Profile of a Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development. As we are a Catholic school all staff are expected to be supportive of the Catholic faith.
Job Description of a Teaching Assistant
The duties will depend on your experience and training. Generally, you'll need to:
Deliver tailored teaching activities to pupils on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups
Make sure that the pupils you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity
Support the social, emotional and spiritual development of pupils, reporting any issues when required
Support the teacher in managing challenging pupil behaviour and promoting positive behaviour
Listen to pupils read and read to pupils as a class, group or one-to-one
Guide and monitor pupil progress
Help with the planning of some lessons
Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils' progress
Carry out administrative duties, such as preparing classroom resources
Look after pupils who have had accidents, need help dressing or are upset
Create art displays of pupils' artwork
Provide support outside of your normal classes, such as helping during exams, covering TA absences or going on school trips
Help with extracurricular activity such as breakfast and after-school clubs, homework club, revision sessions or lunchtime duties
Coordinate specific areas of teaching support once you have the right level of experience
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.
Sensitivity and understanding for building good relationships with children
Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
Minimum 3 GCSEs, C and above (or 4-9) to include maths and English or equivalent qualification.
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
This apprenticeship duration will be between 18months and 2 years depending on the applicant's prior knowledge and experience.
You will need to pass an enhanced background check (DBS). https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role
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: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
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.
From 1st April 2020, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices £4.15 per hour. This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.
The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training/college.
Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18-year olds is a priority and fully-funded by Government. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.
About the employer
We are a friendly and happy Catholic primary school that has high expectations for everyone in the school. We have a caring ethos where safeguarding is the priority and are looking for someone willing to support this, while helping to encourage all pupils to fulfil their potential.
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.
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
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