Mill Ford School

£140.00 per week


Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Published: Jun 09, 2017
Ref: MF208AH

A school in the Ernesettle area of Plymouth are keen to appoint a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant Apprentice to work across a variety of ages and ability levels within the school.

The Apprentice’s Role

The successful candidate will be working with physically able and active children who have communication and interaction difficulties, such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Dyslexia among others. The role will also involve supporting pupils in their learning whilst maintaining behaviour management in both classroom and small group sessions.

Duties will include developing fun activities that inspire a positive learning environment, supporting various learning difficulties (including autism) and harnessing the potential of every child. You will be supporting pupils on a one-to-one and small group basis as required, assisting in classroom lessons and activities and supporting teaching staff in behaviour management during classroom sessions.

In addition, you will be acting as a professional role model at all times to staff, parents and pupils and assisting teaching staff in the setting up and clearing away of resources.

This is a unique opportunity to make a genuine difference to the lives of young children by designing fun activities that inspire. This role will involve working with experienced staff who are keen to pass on their extensive knowledge and skills. Formal training will be provided to support development and progression opportunities of the successful candidate.

Additional administrative duties may be required as part of this role.

Working Hours: 30-40 hours per week, ranging between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Specific shifts will be negotiated with the school.

Wages: £140.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any overtime above 40 hours per week, will be paid at the appropriate 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.

This school is one for children and young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, including pupils with complex medical needs and autistic spectrum conditions. The school prides itself on being a friendly, child-centred school that offers a broad and balanced National Curriculum with a strong emphasis on developing student's communication, social skills, physical development and independence. The school values every child and young person as an individual and are proud of all they achieve.

The school recognises that the dedication and commitment of its staff is crucial to the quality of the work undertaken and does all it can to encourage, support, challenge and train staff for the important work they do. The school ensures pupils, staff, parents/carers, governors and friends of the school feel valued so that they remain a great place to be.

Past Apprentices

This is a fantastic opportunity for the apprentice to make their mark on this employer, who are really excited about taking on a new apprentice to join their motivated team of staff. The school has experience in hosting apprenticeships in the past and is keen to continue to develop its future staff through this post. There will additionally be outstanding progression opportunities for the right candidate as the school seeks to further build upon its growing provision.

This employer is very keen to progress all staff members through the bespoke training opportunities they offer and can host unique professional development opportunities that will vastly enrich any individuals curriculum vitae.

It is envisaged that this apprenticeship will be for a 2 year duration, with the successful candidate able to progress to achieve the level 3 qualification.

Skills Required

Experience of working with pupils who have barriers in accessing education would be advantageous, however a determination to see young children succeed and be happy is more important.

A key requirement of this role will be motivating and inspiring pupils to enjoy their school environment and strive towards fulfilling their full potential.

Personal Qualities

An outgoing and enthusiastic individual is required to engage and enthuse pupils across the school. It is also hoped that the successful candidate will have a natural empathy in supporting individuals with learning difficulties and be talented in supporting others to succeed.

The successful applicant will also need to be an effective problem solver, organised, flexible, a good team player, have strong leadership skills and be hard working. As this role will involve working with qualified teaching staff, strong communication and team work skills will also be required on a daily basis.

Prior Qualifications

No formal qualifications are required as full training will be provided, however an empathy and interest in supporting others to succeed is essential. It would therefore be extremely advantageous for the successful applicant to have an interest in Special Educational Needs and/or following a career in the Education sector.

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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