Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Tonbridge, Kent
£117 per week
05 Aug 2019
05 Sep 2019
Start Date

Being a part of a growing team so early in a school’s creation is a rare opportunity for a teaching assistant.

The Founding Headteacher works with her team to ensure that together they are successful in achieving our core vision to create an outstanding Church of England primary school at the heart of local community, where all pupils regardless of background, are taught a mastery curriculum which enables them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their full educational and personal potential. A school at the forefront of developing new approaches to teaching and learning.

As a Church of England primary school, the teaching of Christian values underpin what makes our school a calm, happy and caring environment and drives everything we do. You will model those values and support our inclusive and cohesive ethos which will support our pupils develop, helping them to deepen their core values and in doing so, help them to consider the implications of their choices in relation to themselves, the communities from which they are part of and the wider world.

As educators, they ‘nurture the potential in everyone’, children and adults alike. Bishop Chavasse is not just a school, but a genuine community of enthusiastic learners who will find excitement in the varied learning opportunities provided for them and therefore an ideal environment for people who are looking for an employer who will support their learning and career path on an apprenticeship route.

Teaching Assistants at the school have the passion and skills required to support the teachers to deliver a curriculum that is crafted to foster curiosity and creativity, to develop motivation and habits that encourage our pupils to be lifelong learners. Supporting the class teachers you will help and encourage pupils to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, and to speak their minds. Working with their dynamic team of staff, you will support the teaching team to nurture their pupils to be comfortable with who they are and to have the self-belief and skills needed to ensure that when they leave us, they transition to their secondary education with the confidence to play their part in their local community, as well as nationally and internationally.

This post requires the applicant to support with part of the running of the school’s popular Breakfast Club provision which offers the children a relaxed environment in which to enjoy socialise with their friends before the start of the school day.

As a member of the team you will gain the opportunities that a new, state of the art, school building, complete with vibrant library and food technology room brings.

Main purpose of job:

To work under the guidance of the class teacher and SENCO, and within an agreed system of supervision, to implement agreed work programmes/intervention strategies with groups of pupils both in and outside the classroom and assist the teacher in evaluating their impact. This will also involve assisting the teacher in planning, and the management/preparation of resources.

This role also requires the right candidate to provide breakfast club support on a daily basis, ensuring that the children attending this popular facility enjoy a healthy breakfast in a fun social environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support for pupils:

To develop a knowledge of a range of learning support needs and to develop an understanding of the specific needs of the pupils to be supported.
To supervise and provide particular support for pupils, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
To aid the pupils to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on his/her own by, for example:
clarifying and explaining instructions ensuring the child is able to use equipment and materials provided assisting in weaker areas, e.g. language, behaviour, social skills, reading, spelling, handwriting/presentation helping children to concentrate on and finish work set
meeting physical needs as required whilst encouraging independence assisting with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal and Intimate Care programmes, as per the Bishop Chavasse School intimate care policy. developing appropriate resources to support the children providing support for individual children inside and outside the classroom to enable them to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.
To establish a constructive relationship with the pupils and interact with them according to individual needs
To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all children
To set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence
To provide the necessary pastoral care to enable children to feel secure and happy
To provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher
Support for teachers

  1. Assist with the class teacher (and other professionals as appropriate), in the development and planning of a suitable programme of support for pupils
  2. Monitor pupil’s responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement as directed
  3. Provide detailed and regular feedback about the children to the teacher
  4. Contribute to the maintenance of children’s progress records
  5. Participate in the evaluation of the support programme
  6. Promote good behaviour, dealing promptly with conflicts and incidents in line with established policy, and encourage children to take responsibility for their own behaviour
  7. Establish constructive relationships with parents/carer
  8. Administer routine tests and undertake routine marking of children’s work
  9. Support class teachers in photocopying and other tasks in order to support teaching Support for the

    Curriculum:1 Undertake structured and agreed learning activities, adjusting activities according to pupil responses


  10. Undertake intervention programmes linked to local and national learning strategies, recording achievement and progress, and feeding back to the teacher
  11. Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use
  12. Assist with the preparation and maintenance of equipment/resources required to meet lesson plans/relevant learning activities to support the delivery of an enriched curriculum.


Support for the school:

  1. Understand and comply with the procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  2. Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  3. Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  4. Appreciate and support the roles of other professionals
  5. Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required
  6. Where appropriate develop a relationship to foster links between home and school;
  7. Contribute to reviews of children’s progress as appropriate
  8. Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance
  9. Prepare and present displays of children’s work as required
  10. Undertake other duties from time to time as required by the Headteacher.

£117 per week

30 hours per week

Monday to Friday

8am to 2pm

(including 30 minute lunch break)

Essential Skills

Willingness to undertake additional training as part of their professional development on the Apprenticeship programme An understanding of the role of a Teaching Assistant Good literacy, maths and communication skills- good interpersonal skills Have necessary skills to manage and supervise small group activities safely and be able to use a range of strategies to deal with pupil behaviour. Be able to devise and implement structured learning activities, under the direction of the teacher, and be able to evaluate their effectiveness and measure pupils’ progress, giving feedback as required. Ability to use ICT to support learning
Desired Skills

Other relevant qualifications- e.g. first aid, paediatric first aid, safeguarding Current or recent experience of working with primary aged pupils in an education setting Working knowledge of relevant policies and codes of practice- e.g. Keeping Children Safe in Education, Safeguarding, health and safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality

Ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly. An enjoyment of learning, both that of others and your own Able to evaluate your own ability and to use own initiative Personal resilience

GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 or higher or equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

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.

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.

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