Mount Tamar School

Mount Tamar School

£156.00 per week

Plymouth and Surrounding Areas

Teaching Assistant Apprentices x 2
Published: Jul 16, 2018
Ref: MT654TL

This is an exciting opportunity for two confident and motivated individuals to work under the guidance of teaching/senior staff within the school in Plymouth.

The Apprentice’s Role

The job involves working from instructions, and within recognised procedures which leave some room for initiative. The work may involve responding independently to unexpected problems and situations. Little close supervision is necessary beyond that provided by working arrangements and methods. The post holder generally has access to a supervisor or manager for advice and guidance on unusual or difficult problems.

Your duties will include promoting independence and employ a range of strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance for pupils/students, using specialist (curricular/learning) skills/training/experience to support pupils and assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (I.E.Ps), you will be responsible for keeping and updating records and for the marking of pupils’ work and recording achievement/progress, encouraging pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all pupils in activities.

Also to:

  • Undertake activities to assist teachers in the delivery of the curriculum, where no cover duties are required
  • Promote and ensure the health, safety and appropriate behaviour of pupils/students at all times
  • Support the teacher by assisting in the production of lesson/work plans, worksheets etc. within an agreed system of supervision
  • Administer and assess routine tests and invigilate exams/tests as required
  • Liaise with parents/carers as agreed with the teacher
  • Provide objective feedback and reports, as required, to the teacher on pupil achievement, progress and other matters
  • Prepare and maintain curriculum equipment/resources as directed by the teacher to meet lesson plans/relevant learning activities
  • May be required to assist in the handling of small amounts of money related to various school events, which are then handed over to school office staff for processing
  • Operate office equipment in the provision of clerical and administrative support e.g. photocopier
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post

Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 35-40 hours per week, 39 weeks per year.

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 or call us on 01752 332442.

Mount Tamar has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The school caters for young people aged 4 to 16 years who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to be successful within mainstream schools as full-time pupils.

They specialise in supporting students with social and emotional difficulties, attachment and autism. The school manages a number of satellite ‘Aspire’ centres across Plymouth to meet individual student’s academic and social needs.

They are a friendly and caring community that firmly believes in treating each young person as an individual providing them with the skills and tools they need to be a success. Mount Tamar School offers a quality-learning environment with all students being supported by a team of experienced trained staff team dedicated to sustaining a school where excellent teaching enables students to develop their abilities to the full.

Employment opportunities may be offered to the successful candidate on completion of the apprenticeship and subject to successful application. Progression opportunities may be available including the advanced Apprenticeship Route.

Career opportunities include: teaching assistants, learning support assistants, parent support advisors, learning mentors, pathway into teaching via schools direct, or PGCE programme.

Skills Required

  • The post holder will be required to solve varied problems, such as those arising from classroom management and the care and control of pupils. In conjunction with the class teacher the post holder will be devising work plans and lessons up to several weeks ahead
  • Post holder will be advising and guiding the pupils on a daily basis, so effective written and oral communication skills are required to liaise with pupils, other staff, and parents and outside agencies and professionals
  • Keyboarding skills required to support the use of ICT in learning activities. Post holder may be required to use specialist equipment/resources and aids to support individual students
  • Act at all times in accordance with appropriate legislation and regulations, codes of practice, the provisions of the Council’s constitution and its’ policies and procedures.
  • Undertake all duties with due regard to the corporate equalities policy and relevant legislation.

Personal Qualities

You will need to be a great team player, patient, punctual, able to adhere to confidentiality policies and reliability is essential. A strong work ethic will also need to be demonstrated.

Prior Qualifications

Qualifications required for this role include GCSE’s grades A – C in Maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

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:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Functional Skills in English (Level 2), Maths (Level 1) and ICT (Level 1)


  • 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

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