Blisland Primary Academy

Blisland Primary Academy

£144.30 per week

Bodmin and Surrounding Areas

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Published: Jun 08, 2022
Ref: GL080622

Blisland Primary Academy are looking to appoint a forward thinking, positive and innovative Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice who will be working within their KS2 class.

The right candidate will be flexible, friendly and committed to driving children’s learning forward across Key Stage 2. Blisland Primary School will be able to give excellent support to the development of the appointed individual in completing their apprenticeship.

Apprentice’s Role

Apprenticeships combine work with practical, on and off-the-job, training and study. An apprentice will be employed for 15 months, working alongside experienced staff to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be a fully competent Teaching Assistant. They are provided with monthly training from our highly skilled teachers, and provided with our bespoke sessions to ensure apprentices understand every aspect of their apprenticeship, and, to help build the portfolio of evidence required for the apprentices Professional Discussion at End-Point Assessment.

You will be expected to:

  • Support planning and resourcing of sessions,
  • To teach and assess individuals and groups and communicate effectively with learners and staff during this process.
  • Support children with additional social and/or emotional needs
  • Support the teacher with management of the classroom
  • Prepare and maintain resources and displays
  • Attend and assist in extra-curricular activities and lunch-time duties
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to your apprenticeship

Working Hours: 30 hours per week, full time which also incorporates 20% off the job training as part of your apprenticeship.

Wages: £144.30 per week based on 30 hours a week (£4.81 per hour, National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage)

Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

Blisland School has a nursery which caters for children from the start of the term of their third birthday. There is one infant class and one junior class, all staffed by caring outstanding practitioners. They have three playgrounds and a field and regularly visit Forest School with the children and believe that outdoor learning is key to children's wider development.

All children have access to laptops and ipads and in December 2011, Ofsted inspected Blisland School and recognised them as Outstanding. The Ofsted inspection team said, "The school is a happy place. Through the strong family atmosphere which permeates the school, pupils learn to take very good care of each other. As a result of excellent teaching throughout the school, pupils achieve very well and attain significantly above average by the end of Year 6".

Blisland School is a very special place offering a unique, quality education. They are part of a very supportive academy Trust: 'Bridge Schools' and work well with all of their other 13 schools in Cornwall.

Skills Group have 4, Level 3 Teaching Assistants, at present with Delaware Primary School which is part of the Bridge Trust which Blisland Primary Academy also belong to. The Teaching Assistants are well supported within the school which is of a high standard.

This role is a fantastic first step for a range of jobs within education. It is possible to progress onto a full time fully qualified TA position and / or to use the apprenticeship to gain valuable experience to support a route into teaching, supply work or as a cover supervisor. Completing a TA apprenticeship is also useful for any looking to work with young people in the wider remit of social care, youth work or the police.

Skills Required

  • Ability to listen, follow instructions and set up activities.
  • Be able to support students in the classroom helping them to learn and progress.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with young people to support learning and development
  • Be flexible, committed and possess sound administrative and IT skills.
  • You should be calm, confident and demonstrate a professional approach in your dealings with young people, staff, parents and external agencies

Personal Qualities

  • Hardworkng
  • Supportive
  • Ready to learn
  • Proactivie
  • Empathetic

Prior Qualifications

  • GCSE or equivalent grades A-E (9-2) or equivalent is desired but not essential.
  • An Enhanced DBS is required which can be supported by Skills Group
  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard
  • Learner Well Being

Over the 15- 18 month, Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, you will work towards achieving the Behaviours, Skills, and Knowledge of the course. Training will be provided with Skills Group where you will be allocated a highly skilled assessor and attend training sessions. You will have regular visits at the workplace from your designated assessor to observe your progress and competence as well as regular reviews to ensure that you are getting the most out of your apprenticeship.

Training will also be provided to enable you to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School