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Job Reference 1739940Apprentice Teaching AssistantThe Cabot Learning Federation is looking for a number of Apprentice Teaching Assistants to support our Primary and Secondary Teachers whilst obtaining a professional qualification. If you are looking for an apprenticeship to develop your skills in working with children, then the Cabot Learning Federation could be your new and exciting workplace.

Apprenticeship Summary

The Cabot Learning Federation is looking for a number of Apprentice Teaching Assistants to support our Primary and Secondary Teachers whilst obtaining a professional qualification.

  • If you are looking for an apprenticeship to develop your skills in working with children, then the Cabot Learning Federation could be your new and exciting workplace
  • 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


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Closing Date:
8 Aug 2021

£144.30, Weekly

Working week:
37 hours a week, to include one day of learning in the classroom shifts TBC

Expected duration:
18 months

Possible start date:
1 Sep 2021

Date posted:
1 week ago

Apprenticeship level:

Reference number:

2 available


Elaine Baillie[email protected]

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You will need:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills for motivating children to learn
  • To be flexible and open to change for working on different activities
  • 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 will need:

  • Active listening skills to understand the children’s' need
  • 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



Desired qualifications

  • Typically, candidates will have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or 4/5 and above, to include maths and English. 
  • Candidates without maths or English may be offered a pre-apprenticeship or an extended apprenticeship duration, based on their initial assessment results.   
  • Apprentices without English and maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment.


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

When completing an application please state which academies you would like to be exposed to. The CLF will aim to meet these requirements but cannot guarantee you will be based within your desired academy.

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS and pre-employment checks prior to employment. 

Salary -

Under 19 years - pay point 1 - £8,267 - £4.28 per hour Over 19 years, first year - pay point 2 - £8267, £4.28 per hour

DBS- you will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Please see link for more information about DBS checks. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about

About the employer

The core purpose of the CLF is at the HEART of all we do. Our vision is simple: we believe that by working together rather than in isolation we can accelerate school improvement and embed excellence in our academies. In doing so, together we can create more opportunities for the lifelong success for our students as they become young adults.

The fundamental mission of the CLF is that its work will bear the hallmarks of excellence in all that it does by 2020. In uncertain times it is through the ubiquitous culture of excellence and the highest standards in all aspects of its work that the CLF will be best placed to respond to the needs of its stakeholders in the period up to 2020 and beyond.

There are elements of the Cabot Learning Federation that make it unique. The combination of the tight geographical concentration of its constituent parts, the diversity of the communities it serves and the range of provision it offers to pupils, staff and governors. It is one of the largest and most mature Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in the South West, and though it is not one of the larger MATs in the country, it commands a reputation as a leading MAT on the national stage.

For those most closely associated with the CLF, the key binding agent is its deep-rooted moral purpose. The collaborative culture, which is the fundamental agent of accelerated improvement in the CLF, is able to exist because of the shared commitment of all involved in the federation to all of the pupils attending our schools. The federation exists in order to promote their life chances and to deliver excellent educational experiences for those pupils in our academies now and in the future.


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The CLF Apprentice Teaching Assistant programme combines college attendance, teaching assistant placements alongside 1 day per week training based at the CLF Institute training facility. This ensures trainees develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be outstanding Teaching Assistants. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Certificate or Diploma in Specialist Support for teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3. The duration of the course is 18 months minimum. 

Teaching Assistant Level 3 Standard

Apprenticeship Standards differ from Frameworks:

  • Standards are designed for a specific job role, covering skills, knowledge and behaviours
  • The Teaching Assistant Standard is a longer duration, typically 18 months
  • Both the employer and the college agree when the apprentice has achieved competency – known as the Gateway – and is ready for End Point Assessment
  • The End Point Assessment is independent of the college – we recommend NCFE as the assessment organisation
  • The apprentice will be graded pass or distinction on completion

The Teaching Assistant Standard does not include a mandatory qualification.

SGS College will embed the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools to the Standard. 

Apprentices also achieve this nationally recognised qualification alongside their apprenticeship and employers have the reassurance of a quality-assured City and Guilds programme with external verification.

Training Provider
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Elaine Baillie[email protected]

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