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Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant

Kent Training & Apprenticeships
Rochester Kent
£4.81 per hour
Closing date
4 Feb 2023

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Education & Training
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Advanced
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Employer Description 

Hilltop Primary Academy is part of the Skills for Life Trust. The Trust have developed a set of core values for staff which are promoted, encouraged and led by our CEO, Mr Andy Reese. The values help to ensure staff have a healthy work-life balance, are recognised and praised for their work, and are empowered to make decisions. As part of the Skills for Life Trust you will be involved in collaborative working across the primary and secondary settings. View school video here

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Travel Information:

13 min walk from Strood Railway Station

Description of vacancy 

Hilltop Primary Academy are looking to recruit an Apprentice Teaching Assistant to provide support in learning whilst studying for a Teaching Assistant Qualification. Our Teaching Assistants are an important part of our team who provide support to our teachers and therefore will need to establish strong working relationships with staff and students. You will be providing pupils with support, guided by the class teacher, to enable pupils to make progress within the classroom.

To follow a programme of support clearly defined by the SENCO and work alongside teaching and other appropriate staff dependent on the nature of the particular needs of the child or children.

  • To work collaboratively with teachers and other staff as an integral part of the teaching team.
  • To assist pupils with learning difficulties using a variety of resources which may involve support with reading, writing, spelling and computer-based learning under the direction of appropriate teaching staff.
  • To support pupils to develop fully alongside their peer group using a clearly defined programme which could involve development of play techniques, language development etc. as directed in the SENCO.
  • To regularly update the SENCO on progress made by pupils or difficulties faced by individual pupils.
  • To become familiar with the differing learning needs and teaching strategies for pupils with specific learning difficulties and other learning problems.
  • To support pupils with additional needs which may include sensory impairment or be medical in nature
  • To deliver interventions to small groups or one to one sessions.
  • To support pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties within the classroom under the direction of the SENCO/teaching staff.
  • Promote positive behaviour patterns, raise self-esteem and improve independent working in students to assist in their educational and development.
  • To work towards enhancing the curriculum. literacy and numeracy programmes and supporting and enhancing the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To undertake appropriate training to enhance skills or knowledge.
  • To collate information regarding pupils and submit reports for annual reviews.
  • To assist teaching staff in setting appropriate targets based on objectives set in School Based Support Plans and Personalised Plans.
  • To complete administrative tasks as set by the class teacher.


£4.81 per hour 

  • Skills for Life Trust values
  • Free Private Healthcare Cover
  • Personal development and promotion  opportunities across the Trust
  • Trust wide focus on staff wellbeing
  • A supportive environment
  • Secure car parking
  • Access to the National College


30 hours per week, 38 weeks per year (Term Time only)

20% paid time during working hours is given to complete training, referred to as “Off the Job Training”

Skills Required

  • Good standard of general education.
  • Good numeracy and literature skills.
  • Previous experience of working with children an advantage
  • Use basic technology (computer, video, photocopier)
  • Awareness of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage the behaviour of young children in a calm and disciplined manner
  • Enthusiasm and interest in variety of activities
  • Ability to work professionally and respect confidentiality
  • Have the ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly.
  • Committed to Inclusive Education

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent attendance and punctuality record
  • Smart appearance
  • Good sense of humour
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Well organised and efficient
  •  A team player
  • Ability to demonstrate patience and empathy
  • Good influencing skills to encourage pupils to interact with others and be socially responsible.
  • To be able to meet deadlines
  • To be able to follow instructions carefully and accurately so as to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.

Qualifications Required

Must have GCSE Grade 9 - 4 (or A - C) in English and Maths. Or equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

Training Provided

On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard - 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.

Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.

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