Teaching Assistant Apprentice

Chatham, Kent
Weekly wage of £129.50 ( based on a 35 hr working week)
21 Mar 2019
08 Apr 2019
Start Date

Employer Description
Manor Way Academy is an independent school for children from key stage 2-4 ; Manor Way Academy also offers tuition packages for children in key stage 1 - 4 who have difficulty maintaining a full time place at mainstream provisions. We are based in Chatham, Kent.

Description of Vacancy
Supporting pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities

Pupils who have been diagnosed with learning difficulties will sometimes have a teaching assistant assigned to them for either all or part of the time to support their learning. This support may be necessary because a pupil is physically disabled, hearing or visually impaired and needs additional support accessing the curriculum. Or it may be because they have learning difficulties and need additional support to understand and complete tasks. Teaching assistants offer invaluable support to these pupils, helping them to keep up to speed with their peers and can often mean the difference between pupils accessing a mainstream curriculum or attending a special school.

Supporting pupils with English as a second language

Pupils whose first language is not English often need some additional support accessing the curriculum, especially at first. It is quite common in schools with a high ESL (English as a Second Language) intake for specialised teaching assistants who speak the first language of groups of pupils to be employed to help pupils to understand their lessons and help to overcome any social or cultural divide.

Preparing the classroom for lessons

A key role of teaching assistants is in preparing the classroom for lessons. This may involve a variety of activities such as photocopying worksheets, setting up art equipment, weighing out ingredients, preparing computers, rearranging the furniture for a particular activity and so on. In short, the teaching assistant is responsible for organising all of the peripheral items that are essential to the smooth running of the lesson in order to ensure that when the class arrives they can get on with learning as quickly as possible.

Tidying up and keeping the school environment in good order

It’s vital that all working spaces are kept in good order to ensure an optimal teaching and learning environment. This means that teachers and pupils can find items that they need when they need them, and that the general environment is pleasant without the distraction of mess and disorder. Pupils think this orderly and organised environment is created by magic, but in fact it is the teaching assistants who are usually responsible for ensuring things are just so. Teaching assistants often take great pride in maintaining the school environment. It is important to maintain the general upkeep of the school, as such you will need to assist in the day to day maintenance of the school.

Creating displays of pupils’ work

In addition to keeping things in good order, teaching assistants are also responsible for creating displays of pupils’ work. This is a real opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and is a great way to brighten up the classroom and celebrate the achievements of pupils. Seeing their work beautifully displayed can be a fantastic ego boost to pupils so this is an important role. As well as displaying pupils’ work you may also be responsible for creating other displays for example about class rules, or pupil targets. You will work with the class teacher to decide how best to use the four walls of your classroom and your input with be invaluable and hugely appreciated by staff, pupils and visiting parents.

Helping on school outings or at school events

You may sometimes be asked to help support pupils beyond the classroom. This may be during lessons outside the classroom which may be within the school grounds, or it might be during official school trips or at school events such as school concerts or plays. In this circumstance, your role is likely to become more supervisory as you ensure that children are all safe and accounted for, though you will soon become adept at finding ways to inspire learning in any situation so you are likely to continue pupils’ education no matter where you are working with them.

Weekly wage of £129.50 ( based on a 35 hr working week)

9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, Working 35 hours per week.

Skills Required
Knowledge of working with young people

Personal Qualities 
Calm and Patient
Good Communication Skills

Qualifications Required
Minimum achieved Grade D or equivalent in English and Maths.

Training Provided
On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Framework - consisting of the Intermediate NVQ Level, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills if appropriate.

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

Additional Details
As of 1st April 2018, the NMW for Apprentices is £3.70 per hour. This applies to 16 - 18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training.

Important Information
The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.

KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.

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