Delaware Primary Academy

Delaware Primary Academy

£144.30 per week

Tavistock and Surrounding Areas

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Published: Dec 07, 2022
Ref: MS07122022

Delaware Primary Academy is looking to recruit two Level 3 Teaching Assistants to join their team in Gunnislake. Delaware Primary Academy is part of the Bridge Schools Trust. The following classes are based at the Drakewall site – Nursery, Foundation, Years 1, 2, 3 & 4. Years 5 & 6 are based at the site in Gunnislake. Each position will have different roles depending on joining date and will be fully integrated into the team.

The Apprentice’s Role

Under the direction of the teacher you will support the learning and needs of specific children in the school with SEND.
Within this post you will spend time both inside the classroom as well as in the outdoor environment so, it is essential that you enjoy being in both environments. A good ability of behaviour management and an enjoyment of working individually with children is essential. An understanding of trauma informed practice is also desirable.

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

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

Working Hours: 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 3.00pm with half an hour lunch break.

Wages: £144.30 per week, £4.81 per hour, over a 30 hour week.

Holiday: This apprenticeship will be term time with additional off-the-job training delivered during school holidays.

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

We've have had several apprentices in the past, most of which have remained with the school after having completed their qualifications.

There might be the possibility of full time employment for the right candidate.

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.

The Apprenticeship for a Teaching Assistant includes:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard
  • Learner Well Being

Successful apprentices will complete the Level 3 TA Standard. This is 15 month programme, where you will develop your knowledge and practice of working in schools. In particular, you will develop your understanding of safeguarding, how children learn, assessments, ICT in schools, the National Curriculum, how to support interventions, behaviour management, working with others, and professional development.

You will attend monthly sessions to help you build a portfolio of evidence. This will be used as part of the end point assessment. For Teaching Assistants, the end point assessment will consist of a work place observation and 90 minute professional discussion. This will be carried out by an independent end point assessor.

You will also be required to complete a range of Learner Well Being Modules as well as Functional Skills at Level 2 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