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Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Job description

The children of Sutton Road Primary School and Nursery in Mansfield are looking for us to find them an enthusiastic, motivated and highly committed Teaching Assistant Apprentice to join us in working alongside a professional, supportive and hard-working school and collaboration team.

The successful applicant will need to be inspirational and an excellent team player who is able to demonstrate good communication skills and flexibility in supporting partnership working with our staff, governors and parents.

Purpose (Summary)

  • To work under the guidance of the teaching/senior staff to motivate, enthuse and support pupils in their learning, in or out of the classroom
  • To work alongside a team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • To complement teacher’s delivery of the national curriculum
  • To assist teachers in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of resources
  • To supervise class activities alongside the Class Teacher as required
  • To support the needs of pupils who require particular help to overcome barriers to learning
  • To support the teaching team in order to raise standards of achievement for all pupils, including vulnerable groups
  • To learn how to assist with planning, monitoring, assessing and managing classes, and to encourage pupils to become independent learners
  • To promote the development of the physical and mental well-being of pupils
  • To learn classroom based skills and behaviour techniques
  • To support the inclusion of pupils in all aspects of school life
  • To study relevant qualifications while you earn


  • To establish productive working relationships with pupils and responding appropriately to individual needs
  • To support staff to effectively manage behaviour and enable pupils to make choices about their own learning/behaviour/attendance
  • To support staff to challenge and motivate pupils, promoting independence and reinforcing self-esteem
  • To attend to pupils’ personal needs, and implement related personal programmes, including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters
  • To develop skills in providing feedback to pupils in relation to progress, achievement, behaviour and attendance
  • To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • To encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all pupils in activities
  • To contribute to the organisation and management of an appropriate learning environment and resources
  • To support pupils access to learning using appropriate strategies and resources.
  • To support class teachers in planning, evaluating and adjusting learning activities as appropriate
  • To develop skills in monitoring and evaluating pupil responses to learning activities through observation
  • To support groups within the class e.g. phonics, circle time, focused activity learning and outdoor activities
  • To keep and update accurate records, information and data
  • To develop skills in marking of pupils’ work, accurately recording achievement/progress
  • To assist with the display of pupils work
  • Promote positive values, attitudes and good pupil behaviour, learning to deal promptly with incidents in line with the school policy
  • To support liaison with parents/carers and establish good relationships
  • To supervise pupils on educational visits and out of school activities as required
  • To maintain good relationships with colleagues and work together as a team
  • To establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with appropriate staff, to support pupil achievement and progress
  • To attend and participate in meetings as required
  • To participate in training and other learning activities as required
  • To recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use of these to advise and support others


  • To undertake flexible working approach to accommodate day to day operational matters
  • To attend, as necessary, out of hour’s meetings and events
  • To be aware of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Equalities Act, Equality of Opportunity and other legislation to ensure confidentially of records and information
  • To understand their role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children s/he is responsible for, or comes into contact with
  • To demonstrate the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and accuracy through the use of English language
  • To contribute to the overall development of the school and its activities
  • To undertake any other duties as required

Health and Safety:

  • To be aware of the responsibility for personal health, safety and welfare and that of others who may be affected by your actions or inactions
  • To co-operate with the employer on all issues to do with Health, Safety and Welfare

In return we offer you:

  • Excellent Continual Professional Development that will support you to grow in the direction you would like to aim for
  • A hard-working and extremely supportive team of staff at Sutton Road Primary School who are very friendly and caring about all they do
  • Opportunities to be part of a formal collaboration which will help broaden your experiences

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 30/07/2019

Possible start date: 04/09/2019

Skills required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills with adults and children from all different backgrounds.
  • Excellent timekeeping
  • Professional

Qualifications required

A* - C (9-4) GCSE in maths and English (or equivalent).

Candidate requirements

Please note that anyone under the age of 18 will only work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Any role which exceeds these hours on advert will be amended accordingly to fall in line with the legislation.

Please note that if the successful applicant is found prior to the closing date the vacancy maybe withdrawn early.

This apprenticeship is work based learning therefore most of the time you will be working at the employers address. Depending on your training you will only need to attend college in Nottingham for initial assessments, enrolment and a few other rare occasions.

Training provided

  • Teaching Assistant Standard Level 3
  • A standard includes an End Point Assessment
  • Functional Skills Level 2 maths/English

Future progression

Potential opportunity for a permanent role within the school following successful completion of the apprenticeship, subject to operational need.

Employer information

We are delighted to welcome you to Sutton Road Primary School & Nursery, a friendly, happy school, where every person really does matter! We believe every child is unique and with this in mind, we work really hard to make sure our children are safe, have lots of fun and fulfil their potential.

Address details:

Sutton Road Primary School
Moor Lane
NG18 5SF

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Reference number VAC001556377
Working week Monday - Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm (with an hour for lunch)
(30 hours per week)
Expected duration 18 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £117.00 (Weekly) Minimum wage rates