Looe Community Academy

Looe Community Academy

£156.00 per week


Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Published: Aug 01, 2019
Ref: LC692TL

Looe Community Academy are looking to appoint a teaching assistant apprentice to support the learners and day to day running of the academy.

The Apprentice’s Role

You will need to take a pro-active role in the support of the educational, social, emotional and physical needs of all students; to support the curriculum through the provision of assistance to the teacher in the practical organisation of class activities and small group work. You will also need to meet the individual and collective learning needs of students with specific education needs.

Your main duties and responsibilities will include:

• To assist individuals and groups of students in developing knowledge, skills and attitudes as defined by the curriculum. To take into account the learning support involved to aid the students so as to learn as effectively as possible.
• To establish supportive professional relationships with the student(s) concerned and to encourage the acceptance and inclusion of all students
• To encourage social integration and individual development of students.
• To assist in preparing, using and maintaining relevant teaching resources, including wall displays and cleaning up classrooms after activities. To ensure that basic classroom materials and equipment are available for use.
• To assist with lunch and break time supervision of students on a rota basis in accordance with the Academy’s supervision procedure.
• To accompany students on educational visits and outings as supervised by the teacher or senior person responsible.
• To assist with the assessment, monitoring and recording of students’ progress, health, behaviour and general well-being. To feedback any information (including concerns) regarding the wellbeing and educational needs of students to the teacher or SENDCo, Deputy Headteacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead as appropriate.
• To be aware of confidential issues linked to home/student/teacher/Academy work and to ensure the confidentiality of such sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the Academy.
• To supervise an individual or small group of students within a class under the overall direction of the teacher.
• To administer minor first aid (as trained), assist in the dispensing of medically prescribed controlled drugs (as per the approved procedure) and to assist with the personal hygiene (including incontinent students) and physical needs of students with regard to health, safety and wellbeing as required.
• To meet the physical and mobility needs of the student, assisting in the use of a wheelchair/hoist, ensuring compliance with safe lifting procedures and undertaking associated training.
• To meet the needs of students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. To control the student to prevent harm and disruption to the student or others, within the scope of the post holder’s training (e.g. positive handling, Team Teach) and the Academy’s policies and procedures.
• To develop methods of promoting and reinforcing students’ self-esteem and to promote independence through the development of self-help skills.
• To meet with and advise the SENDCo and/or other appropriate staff and to carry out administrative tasks associated with all of the above duties as directed by the teacher, SENDCo or other appropriate staff.
• To attend staff meetings, specialist meetings, specialist training and Academy or MAT-based Inset as required.
• To be aware of and work in accordance with the Academy’s safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures, and to raise any concerns relating to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty.
• To remain aware and work within all relevant Academy working practices, policies and procedures and to be aware of and adhere to applicable rules, regulations, legislation and procedures including the Academy’s Code of Conduct, national legislation (including Health and Safety, Equality, Data Protection).
• To engage in performance appraisal and be responsible for own self-development.
• To undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as required.

Working Hours: 30-40 hours per week, ranging between the hours of 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. Specific times will be negotiated with the school.

Wages: £156.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any additional hours worked over 40 hours per week will be paid at the 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 apprenticeships@skillsgroupuk.com or call us on 01752 332442.

Looe Community Academy is a mixed secondary school located in East Looe in the English county of Cornwall. Previously a community school administered by Cornwall Council, Looe Community School was converted to academy status on 1 February 2012 and was renamed Looe Community Academy.

The academy provides a friendly and caring environment in which to learn, whilst expecting high standards of engagement, behaviour and achievement. The academy’s exam results are consistently good demonstrating progress for students regardless of their ability.

The academy has both performing arts, maths and computing specialisms. This has led to many benefits for students providing opportunities for building confidence, team work, commitment, performance and fun. Although we are a small school we offer a broad curriculum and a wide range of qualifications at Key Stage 4.

The academy provides a large range of extracurricular activities for students to enjoy and to encourage the positive development of wider skills and abilities.

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

Skills Required

Good verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills. Strong organisational skills, basic ICT skills and knowledge of issues relevant to education and child learning and development.

Personal Qualities

You will need to be emotionally intelligent and aware, caring disposition with a patient and friendly approach, energetic and self-motivated, able to work in a team, enthusiastic for students, student outcomes and education, positive attitude towards own learning and development, displays an awareness, understanding and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people, able to work without supervision and able to prioritise between different demands to achieve deadlines.

Prior Qualifications

You will need previous experience of working with students, young people or vulnerable groups, particularly within a classroom environment or similar, good levels, understanding and application of literacy and numeracy.

You need to have GCSE A-C (4-9) grades.

The Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools includes:

•Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
•Functional Skills in English (Level 2), Maths (Level 2) and ICT (Level 2)


•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 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