Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Tunbridge Wells, Kent
12 Jun 2019
12 Jul 2019
Start Date

St. John’s Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School situated in Tunbridge Wells. Christian values are at the heart of all the school does and their Christian ethos is very strong. They have strong links with our parent Church of St. John’s and enjoy the excellent relationship they have with them.

The school believes that every child is an individual with different needs and that it is their role to ‘Nurture the Potential in everyone’.

The hope is that when children leave the school they are ready for secondary school and that the staff have provided them with foundations for life. They try to develop individual talents and personalities, as well as stressing the importance of responsibility and independence. Children are encouraged to fully participate in all school life has to offer them.

In November 2017 Ofsted judged this as a good school. Judged in all four of the key inspection areas:- achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

The school continues to develop and improve the quality of provision for their children to make learning irresistible to them.

Vacancy Description
An excellent opportunity to start a career working with children to support their education and social development as an apprentice Teaching Assistant.

There are two positions available.


Assist in the educational and social development of pupils under the direction and guidance of the Headteacher, Provision Manager and class teachers.
Assist in the implementation of learning programmes for pupils and help assess, monitor and record their progress.
Provide support for individual pupils inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities.
Work with parents/carers, other professionals, such as speech therapists and occupational therapists, as necessary.
Assist class teachers with maintaining pupil records.
Support students with emotional or behavioural problems and help develop their social skills.
Provide one to one support for pupils with specific difficulties as required.
Attend to pupils’ personal care needs as required and assist with the development of hygiene, toilet training and general dressing programmes.

Administrative Duties

Prepare and present learning resources to support pupil learning.
Support class teachers in preparation of differentiation and other tasks in order to support teaching.
Undertake other duties from time to time as the headteacher requires.
Standards and Quality Assurance
Support the aims and ethos of the school.
Maintain confidentiality at all times.
Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance.
Attend team and staff meetings as required.
Be proactive in matters relating to health and safety.
Undertake professional duties that may be reasonably assigned by the headteacher.

Other Duties

Expect a list of other duties that the headteacher may from time to time ask you to perform.

£4.25 per hour
£122.18 per week

Monday to Friday
8.30am to 3.15pm
Term Time only (38 weeks per year)
28.75 hours per week (plus half hour per day lunch duty = 31.25 hours per week)

Skills Required
An effective organiser. 
A team player. 
A commitment to excellence and equity that sets high standards for all pupils.
A positive and resilient individual with initiative, drive, integrity, and a cheerful disposition. 
Good personal presence and excellent communication skills. 
An ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritise appropriately and meet deadlines. 
A sense of vocation and vision in harmony with that of the school. 
A consistently good learning support practitioner (following relevant training).

Following training you will expect to gain experience in the following:

Of current theory and best practice in relevant teaching and learning in relation to achieving excellent outcomes for learners. 
Of sustaining a safe, secure and healthy school environment. 
Of the role of parents in supporting pupil learning. 
Of the statutory requirements and other relevant legislation relating to child protection procedures and safeguarding

Personal Qualities
Punctual Hardworking Desire to learn Can do attitude Confident and resilient Genuinely enjoy working with young children Patience Maturity Excellent team player Willing to actively seek advice and take on ideas of others

Qualifications Required
Education to a minimum of GCSE standard to include English and Mathematics (Grade 4 minimum or equivalent qualifications in these subjects)

Training Provided
On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard – 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.

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