PSSP (Plymstock School)

£140.00 per week


P.E and School Sports Teaching Assistant
Published: Jan 04, 2018
Ref: PS148TL

A secondary School in Plymstock are keen to appoint Plymouth School Sports Partnership apprentices to assist in the coordination of school fixtures and competitions across a range of sports.

The Apprentice’s Role

The Plymouth School Sports Partnership is hosted by Sir John Hunt and Plymstock Schools and are keen to replace the ‘Plymouth School Sports Partnership Apprentices’ who assist in the Physical Education and School Sport across the city. The successful candidates will be an integral part of the School Sport Partnership Team and will be based at one of the Partnership Hub Sites. The roles will involve supporting the Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and Bikeability work programmes carried out by the Partnership in addition to School Games Events and Change 4 Life clubs.

The role will be varied and duties will include supporting the delivery of high quality water sports coaching sessions that are young person focused and supporting coaching sessions for specifically targeted groups e.g. disabled young people, key stage 4 girls etc. Along with this, you will help plan, lead and review coaching sessions for young people in a manner which engages with each individual and adds value to the coaching skills of the wider pool of teachers and sport coaches.

You will actively support the transition of young people from school to community sport by, for example, the establishment of after-school clubs and facilitating school-club links. You will be committed to your own personal professional development, take part in the development programmes of the Plymouth School Sports Partnership and key partners as directed. In addition, you will actively commit to positive promotion of the PSSP when dealing with ‘customers’ when using any communication media including telephone, email and face-to-face and conduct sessions in accordance with the policy of the PSSP and its Partners where appropriate.

Working Hours: 37 hours per week, ranging between the hours of 8.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Specific shifts to be negotiated with the school.

Wages: £140.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week, with the potential for an incremental raise/overtime hours and long-term employment opportunities for the right candidate. Any hours worked above 40 hours per week will be paid at the appropriate national minimum wage, depending on age.

Holiday: You will be entitled to 28 days holiday, including bank holidays, will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

The schools adopt a positive approach and through this seek to identify and nurture the ability and talent in every learner and to ensure through an array of experiences and opportunities, so that everyone has the chance to shine. The schools pride themselves on being happy environments where individuality and difference are recognised and embraced and curiosity, creativity and leadership are fostered. In addition, every learner has the right to strive for success and to have their successes celebrated. The schools are a disciplined and caring environment where respect for each other, small courtesies and good manners are held in very high regard.

Learning is at the heart of all that the schools do and therefore firmly believe that in order to prepare young people to become the citizens of the future, the learning must be fun, challenging and be about real life and the real world. It is in this way that the schools will shape the positive, confident, skilled and qualified young adults who can meet the demands of our ever changing world and make their own contributions to society and their community.

Past Apprentices

This is an exciting opportunity for the apprentice to make their mark on this employer, who are really excited about taking on 2 new apprentices to join their motivated PE Departments. The schools are uniquely placed to support apprentice's in their development through sport and can consequently offer outstanding progression opportunities for the right individual.

This is a superb opportunity to gain experience within a wide range of school settings and can therefore act as the perfect foundation for progressing into a career in education and/or sport.

The Partnership have employed modern apprentices since 2009 some of whom have gone on to complete advanced apprenticeships with us. One of the previous apprentices has joined us on a permanent basis whilst others have gone on to higher education or other employment upon completing their apprenticeships.

Skills Required

Experience of working within a sporting, educational or administrative context would be advantageous, however a determination to see young people succeed is of the utmost importance. You will have strong problem solving, communication and team work skills, with the successful candidate anticipated to regularly utilise their skills in forward planning and initiative.

An ability to motivate and inspire young people in striving toward their full potential will form an essential part of this role, with the ability to adapt plans and have the foresight to potential obstacles being of paramount importance. You will have outstanding organisational skills.

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate will be an outgoing, charismatic and innovative individual who has a natural infinity in engaging and enthusing students across the school. Flexibility, good timekeeping and an optimistic approach will all be traits sought in candidates who can act as professional role models at all times.

This role will suit an individual who is organised and hard working, as they work to support all areas of the Plymouth School Sports Partnership. Strong literacy skills will also form a part of this role, with a requirement to send letters and appointments to parents, schools and other external partners from time to time.

Prior Qualifications

GCSE Maths and English A-C are essential. No other formal qualifications are required as full training will be provided. It would however be advantageous for the successful applicant to have an interest in the Sport and Education sectors, in addition to administrative experience and a critical eye for detail. National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications and strong literacy and numeracy skills will also be attributes sought in the successful candidate.

The Apprenticeship in Physical Education and School Sport includes:

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership (QCF)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English (Level 1)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Certified Health and Safety Course
  • Internet Safety / Safeguarding

Most aspects of your training will be delivered on-site by the employer at your workplace, and you will have regular visits every six to eight weeks by your designated assessor from Skills Group, who will monitor your progress throughout your apprenticeship programme.

Once you have submitted this information a member of the recruitment team will be in touch to arrange your first interview with Skills Group. You do not need to apply for other vacancies at this stage, as you will be considered for all suitable vacancies.

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