Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Maidstone, Kent
08 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
Start Date

A popular primary school in Maidstone, educating and developing over 300 children.

The school hopes that the children will learn respect for others, resilience in dealing with life’s challenges and to take responsibility for their own actions. They celebrate the success of all the children and are always endeavoring to seek new ways to improve the quality of learning opportunities for everyone.

They set high expectations at Park Way and expect nothing but the very best from all the children, staff and parents. They aim to always be a school where children and adults are proud to come everyday.

They believe that educating children should be a partnership between home and school and they work hard to encourage parents to share in their children’s learning.

Description of Vacancy
Support the class teacher in the teaching and welfare of children to ensure they attain the targets set.

This may involve working with children with special educational needs or statements throughout the Key Stages.

To assist the teacher with administration tasks to ensure the efficient education of pupils.

To ensure the safety, welfare and good conduct of pupils during the lunch break, in accordance with the practices and procedures of the local authority.

Support staff in schools should make a strong contribution to pupils’ learning and achievement.

Teaching Assistants provide support to teachers and schools allowing qualified teachers to make even more effective use of their time, professional knowledge, skills and understanding.

TAs contribute to pupils’ learning and must have a significant impact on pupils’ achievement.

TAs will be expected to work effectively with individual pupils and/or small groups under the direction and supervision of a class teacher.

They will contribute to, and need to demonstrate skills in, planning, monitoring, assessment and class management.

TAs would also be expected to work as part of the school team and contribute to plans to ensure the school meets its aims.

The post holder must work within the relevant policies, codes of practice and legislation reporting any concerns to the relevant person.

The post holder must have good communications skills to be able to inform, persuade, inspire and motivate pupils and provide feedback to other professionals and parents as required.

The post holder will:

Be directly line managed by the HLTA though on a day to day basis they may be working under the direct supervision of a class teacher. 
Support teachers in identified administration tasks such as collecting money, putting up displays, photocopying and preparation of resources. 
Teaching Assistants will also be required to carry out lunchtime duties as required by the school.


Mon – Fri, 8:30 to 15:30
30 minutes lunch break which is unpaid

Skills Required
Good standard of general education (i.e. NVQ level 1 or equivalent) together with good numeracy and literature skills (GCSE grade C or equivalent). 
Use basic technology (computer, video, photocopier) 
Good influencing skills to encourage pupils to interact with others and be socially responsible.
The following skills will be developed during the apprenticeship and it is expected that you will be competent in the following upon completion of the training:

Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality. 
Excellent behaviour management strategies. 
Understanding of the basic principles of Assessment for Learning. 
Effective positive working relationships with staff to ensure pupils’ needs are met.
Any prior experience or demonstrable skills in these areas would be advantageous

Personal Qualities
The ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly. 
Ability to work on own initiative. 
Good communication skills 
Good team player

Qualifications Required
GCSE Grade 4-9 (Grade C or higher) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification in these subjects

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

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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