Courtlands Special School

Courtlands Special School

£134.00 Per Week

Plymouth and Surrounding Areas

Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Published: Oct 26, 2020
Ref: COUR-JH-0909


Do you enjoy working with children, contributing to their academic, physical and social well-being? We are looking for an individual who would like train to be a teaching assistant in a Primary School within the Early Years Classroom. Courtland’s School is part of the former ACE Multi Academy Trust, now Transforming Futures.

The Apprentice’s Role

As part of your role at Courtlands Special School, your duties will include, but are not limited to:

Support and challenge children under the direction of the teacher;
Contribute to progress in learning; encourage the children to develop learning skills (together, trying, tools, thinking) using the school’s systems as demonstrated by CT;
Support children with additional social and/or emotional needs;
Support teacher with management of the classroom;
Prepare and maintain resources and displays;
Work with children during some play/lunchtime and provide assistance with pupil well care;
Undertake other duties appropriate to apprenticeship

We are looking for compassionate and resilient Teaching Assistants to support the children in our school. You will either be assigned to work with a particular class or to work across a range of classes. You should be armed with flexibility and plenty of resilience to come back each day with a ‘new day’ attitude. You will be fully supported by the team of Teaching Assistants and our Teaching staff in order to get the best out of the children who attend Courtland’s. This is an exciting opportunity for a confident and motivated individual to work under the guidance of teaching/senior staff within the school. We can offer you a role that will genuinely make a real difference to the lives of our children and their families, but it will be hard work, requiring creativity, resilience and perseverance. If you have good communication skills, and a desire to help make a difference to young people’s lives then we would like to hear from you.

Working Hours: Monday – Friday – 08:30 – 15:10.

Wages: £4.15 per hour for first year Apprentices. 2nd Year is dependant on age.

Holiday: 13 weeks of holiday entitlement, inline with school holidays.

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

Courtland’s is a friendly and ambitious special school who cater for primary aged (4 years – 11 years) children with Moderate Learning Difficulties and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. Our innovative curriculum is based on meeting individual’s needs rather than schemes of work, and provides a wide range of curriculum and therapeutic input. You see therapies many schools do not offer and a curriculum that invents and interests. You see learning organised to meet the developmental needs of the children and we have the confidence to buck the trend, stand out, and to aim for the outstanding.

Should any future vacancies occur, then the right candidate would be considered for the role.

Skills Required

Good written and oral communication skills
Keyboard skills
Willing to learn

Personal Qualities

Team player, patience, punctuality, confidentiality and reliability is essential. A strong work ethic will need to be demonstrated.

Working in a professional environment, standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance and manners are expected.

Prior Qualifications

A good standard of numeracy and literacy with good interpersonal skills. An interest in working with children also a team player.

Math and English A-C/5-9.

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard.
Learner Well Being.

You will be allocated an assessor who will work with you throughout your programme, offering you support throughout. Mentoring and guidance will be given to you to enable you to succeed with your apprenticeship.
You will have regular visits from your assessor, who will monitor your progress during your apprenticeship training and conduct observations within your workplace.
Whilst at the Skills Group and Courtlands Special School, you will learn the necessary skills and gain experience to help you throughout your role. Part of your training will be knowledge and theory based, with support sessions to help you with your project.

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