Courtlands Special School

£148.00 per week

Plymouth and Surrounding Areas

Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Published: Dec 06, 2018
Ref: CS268TL

This vacancy is based in Crownhill. Courtlands Special School are looking to take on a teaching assistant to work with their friendly team.

The Apprentice’s Role

The successful candidate will provide:

Support for pupils, where you will attend to the pupil’s personal needs, and implement related personal programmes, including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters. You will supervise and support pupils ensuring their safety and access to learning and establish good relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs.

In addition, you will promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils, encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teachers and to act independently as appropriate, you will also assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including, on occasions, before and after school, and at lunchtimes.

Along with providing the support for the teachers. You will prepare the classroom as directed for lessons and clear afterwards and assist with the display of pupils work,You will be aware of pupil problems/progress/achievements and report to the teacher as agreed, undertake pupil record keeping as requested and support the teacher in managing pupil behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate. You will also gather and report information from/to parents/carers as directed and provide clerical/admin support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing, collecting money etc.

Along with this, part of your role will also include supporting the curriculum, where you will be supportting pupils to understand instructions and supporting them to respect local and national learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3, early years, as directed by the teacher. You will also support pupils in using basic ICT as directed and prepare and maintain equipment/resources as directed by the teacher and assist pupils in their use.

Throughout your time at the school, you will be supporting the school where you will be aware of, and comply with, policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person. You will be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop and contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school. You will appreciate and support the role of other professionals, attend relevant meetings as required and participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.

Working Hours: 30-40 hours per week, ranging between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Specific shifts to be negotiated with the school.

Wages: £148.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any overtime above the 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage depending on age.

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

Contact Details: If you have any queries please contact us on either this email address or call us on 01752 332442.

Courtlands Special School is a friendly and ambitious school who looks after primary aged children with moderate learning difficulties and some associated emotional and behavioural difficulties. All of the children are truly special and unique, full of personality and childlike joy.

You will have the opportunity to progress onto a higher level qualification and potentially gain full-time employment, should you have the correct skills and knowledge.

Skills Required

The successful candidate will be advising and guiding the pupils on a daily basis. Effective written and oral communication skills required to liaise with pupils, other staff, and parents and outside agencies and professionals is essential.

Keyboard skills and confidence are required to support the use of ICT in learning activities, including the production of teaching resources. You may be required to use specialist equipment/resources and aids to support individual students. However, post holders will be trained accordingly.

Personal Qualities

You must be presentable, enthusastic and reliable to be successful in this role. You must be friendly, bubbly and have great communication skills with both adults and children.

Prior Qualifications

GCSE (grade A-C) in English, maths and ICT.

Additional Requirements

In order to be successful for this position, you will need to complete an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be arranged by the employer after successfully completing the initial interview.

The Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools includes:

◾Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools


◾Child and young person development
◾Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
◾Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
◾Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
◾Schools as organisations
◾Help improve own and team practice in schools
◾Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
◾Support children and young people’s health and safety
◾Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
◾Support learning activities

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