Delaware Primary Academy

Delaware Primary Academy

£159.10 per week

Tavistock and Surrounding Areas

Teaching Assistant
Published: May 09, 2021
Ref: GUN001

Delaware Primary Academy is looking to recruit a level 3 teaching assistant to join their team in Gunnislake.

The Apprentice’s Role

As part of this apprenticeship, you will be required to support pupils who are in the ARC (Area Resource Centre). This is a small class, within the school, of up to 7 pupils. All pupils have an ASC diagnosis (Autistic Spectrum Condition). You will work under the direction of our two ARC teachers and will be required to train in Makaton and Team Teach (safe handling).

You will work alongside experienced staff to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be a fully competent Teaching Assistant. The successful apprentice will be provided with monthly training from our highly skilled teachers and provided with our bespoke sessions to ensure they understand every aspect of their apprenticeship and to help build their portfolio of evidence required for the 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

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Working Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday, specific hours will be arranged at interview.

Wages: £159.10 per week, £4.30 per hour, over a 37 hour week.

Delaware Primary Academy is part of the Bridge Multi-Academy Trust. It was rated as a good school by Ofsted. There is a nursery class onsite. It shares a Headteacher with nearby Gunnislake Primary Academy. Since the pandemic pupils from Gunnislake Primary Academy have been taught with Delaware pupils. Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and the ARC are based in the Delaware base. Year 5 and Year 6 are taught at the Gunnislake base.

Past Apprentices

They have had 5 apprentices in the past, 4 of which have remained with the school after having completed their qualifications, and the other apprentice is currently working towards their level 3 qualification in the ARC.

After having completed an apprenticeship programme, you will have the opportunity to progress onto a higher level qualification or broaden your knowledge and skills with your employer.

Skills Required

You will need to be able to listen carefully, follow instructions and set up activities. Have a keen interest in supporting young people within the ARC. Be able to communicate effectively with young people to support learning and development. Be flexible, committed and possess sound administrative and IT skills.

Personal Qualities

The candidate needs to be patient, resourceful, able to think quickly on their feet and compassionate. They need to have a good sense of humour and a resilient nature. An interest/understanding of autism and special educational needs would be an advantage.

You should be calm, confident and demonstrate a professional approach in your dealings with young people, staff, parents and external agencies

Prior Qualifications

Desired qualifications are GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C (4/5) or above.

Additional Requirements

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

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.

Throughout your apprenticeship, you will have regular visits from your assessor who will monitor your progress and conduct observations within your workplace.

Whilst at Skills Group, you will learn the necessary skills and gain experience to help you throughout your role. Part of your training will be knowledge/theory based, with support sessions to help you complete the required tasks.

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