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Teaching Assistant Apprentice

Bishop Auckland College
Ferryhill, Durham
32.5hrs and £156.33 per week. 8am-3pm Monday, Wednesday – Friday. Tuesday at Bishop Auckland Colle
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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Education & Training
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Advanced
Start Date
18-24 months

Job Details

Ferryhill School is keen to develop a pro-active apprentice with a ‘can do’ mature approach to work and training. To work under the direct instruction of teaching or senior member of staff, to support access to learning for pupils and provide general support to the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area, alongside a teacher or senior member of staff.  To learn and be given training in the required skills and responsibilities over the term of the apprenticeship to then be able to undertake the full range of duties listed below:


Ÿ To raise pupil achievement by supporting the class teacher and pastoral team to develop outstanding practice. Ÿ Work with individual and groups of children to encourage them to achieve greater independence and self-confidence. Ÿ Establish constructive relationships with parents and carers, promoting the school’s policies. Ÿ Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations. Ÿ Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their access to learning resources. Ÿ Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the classroom by encouraging them to interact with each other and to engage in activities led by the teacher. Ÿ Support the implementation of Education and Health Care Plans, behaviour support plans, personal care programmes, curriculum planning and assessment. To evaluate learning and provide feedback to the teacher / parent / agency as needed.


Ÿ Follow the instructions of the class teachers and teaching assistants with planning, delivery and evaluation of differentiated and varied learning activities. Ÿ Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts in line with school protocols and school behaviour policies. Ÿ Contribute towards resourcing teaching, by developing and making resources as necessary for children in the class or year group. Ÿ Listen to children read, read stories and tell stories to individuals or groups of children. Ÿ Work with pupils on programmes linked to local and national curriculum and learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, recording achievement, progress and feeding back to the teacher.

Ÿ Monitor pupils’ responses to learning activities and achievement as directed. Ÿ Provide detailed feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc. as requested. Ÿ Under the guidance of more experienced colleagues, learn to undertake pupil record-keeping as requested. Ÿ Under the guidance of more experienced colleagues, assist with the collation of pupil reports as requested by the teacher. This may involve data input. Ÿ Support the effective use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use. Ÿ Maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans. To clear away resources and materials after lessons. Ÿ Assist with the display of pupils’ work in the classroom and around school. Ÿ Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/learning activity and assist pupils in their use. Ÿ Undertake routine administrative tasks e.g. photocopying, filing, reproducing work sheets for agreed activities.


Ÿ Be aware of and comply with policies relating to child protection, health & safety, confidentiality, safeguarding and data protection, reporting all concerns to a nominated person. Ÿ Contribute to the overall work, smooth running and ethos of the school. Ÿ Appreciate and support the role of other people in the team. Ÿ Attend and participate in meetings as required. Ÿ Participate in the school’s Performance Management process. Ÿ Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out-of-school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of a teacher.


Ÿ To attain the Level 3 qualification by attending tutorials and completing all assignments set. Ÿ To attend training sessions as appropriate, this may include off-site training days. Ÿ To undertake responsibility for improving your own practice through observation of more experienced colleagues, participating in all available training opportunities, coaching, working with a mentor, self-evaluation and performance management, including the school’s training days.


Bishop Auckland College offers students the opportunity to select from a comprehensive programme of full-time courses in a wide range of disciplines. The College also provides a full range of adult education at its Bishop Auckland campus and many venues in the community.

Our Mission, Vision & Values

Bishop Auckland College offers students the opportunity to select from a comprehensive programme of full-time courses in a wide range of disciplines. The College also provides a full range of adult education at its Bishop Auckland campus and many venues in the community.

Members of staff are highly qualified and experienced, regularly updating their qualifications and industrial experience to ensure the quality and relevance of our programmes.

Mission: The passion that drives us

Get the skills, get the job: High quality vocational learning that creates bright futures for all.

Vision: Shaping the future

The Bishop Auckland College Group will continue to evolve by responding to individual, community and business needs with high quality specialist provision that builds prosperity for all people and catalyses local economic regeneration.

Culture and values

Bishop Auckland College is a great place to study or work and our culture is quite distinctive. The College staff are an exceptionally tight-knit community of people who are absolutely dedicated to our students, our College and our local communities. Most of our staff and students originate from the local area and understand our context – the challenges and the enormous opportunities – very well.

Bishop Auckland College is a unique, diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone is supported to grow, develop and really flourish. We treat each student as an individual because we know that everyone is different. Every individual has their own unique talents, circumstances, challenges and aspirations. Every student brings something special and it is this diversity and richness of ideas that makes college life interesting, fun and vibrant. Our culture is such that all students, staff and visitors feel welcome, safe, respected and valued, and we always stay true to our core values.

We know that positive and productive relationships are the key to unlocking the potential within each and every young person or adult learner, and ensuring that everyone has a bright future. For this reason, our staff are absolutely dedicated to really getting to know our students - what motivates them, their career aspirations and any extra support they might need too. We can do this because our class sizes are smaller than in some colleges and because we have a fantastic team of caring and dedicated staff.

We understand that some of our students face difficult challenges and our approach is clear: where barriers exist, we focus relentlessly on supporting students to climb high and overcome them. For all students, our intent is always the same: from the moment they are welcomed into our College community, we aim to transform the life chances of every student, helping them to progress into fulfilling careers and contribute to the productivity and prosperity of our local economy.

Whilst we are rightly proud of our unique internal culture, Bishop Auckland College is an outward-facing organisation that recognises the critical importance of collaboration in order to lead change and influence local agendas. Through our many partnerships with employers and other stakeholders, we have established our place at the heart of our community and as a key partner in the regeneration of Bishop Auckland and south Durham. We are entrepreneurial, ambitious and we expect excellence – from ourselves and from our students.

These are the values that guide all of our activities:

Caring - We are passionate about people and concerned for the wellbeing of all students and staff

Ambition - We empower students to aim high and achieve their full potential

Respect - Regardless of our differences, everyone is valued and treated with kindness

Equality - We are inclusive and enable all members of our community to thrive

Excellence - We strive for exceptional standards in everything we do

Resilience - When faced with challenges, we work together to adapt and bounce back more determined than before

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