Stoke Damerel Community College

£140.00 per week


Teaching Assistant Apprentice
Published: Jan 10, 2018
Ref: SD254TL

A secondary school in central Plymouth are keen to appoint a ‘Teaching Assistant Apprentice’ to work in the Special Educational Needs department.

The Apprentice’s Role

The successful candidate will support the students’ learning needs and activities of all students and attend to any additional learning needs. You will also support trained staff to implement related personal programmes, including social, health, physical, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters and support students ensuring their safety and access to learning.

You will establish good relationships with students, acting as a role model and being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs, promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students and encourage students to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher. In addition, you will encourage students to act independently as appropriate, assist in the preparation of classrooms and resources as directed for lessons and clear away afterwards and assist with the display of students work.

Part of your role will involve you being aware of student problems, progress, achievements and report to the teacher as agreed, undertaking student record keeping as requested and supporting the teacher in managing student behaviour, reporting difficulties as appropriate. You will also gather and report information from / to parents / carers as directed and assist with admin support e.g. photocopying, typing, filing etc.

A lot of your role will include supporting students to understand instructions and respect of local and national learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3, as directed by the teacher. You will also prepare and maintain equipment and resources as directed by the teacher and assist students in their use and prepare intervention materials for individual and small groups of students to aid their understanding and progress.

Working Hours: This roles working hours vary between 30-40 hours per week, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am to 6pm. Specific shifts will be negotiated with the school.

Wages: Wages will vary between £105.00 and £140.00 per week. Any overtime above the 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.

The employer is a vibrant and forward-thinking community of teachers and learners. The school appreciates the individuality and unique strengths and talents of each student and encourages everyone to invest in their education. The school take great pride in the fact that more and more of their students enjoy success in every possible way and at every level.

The school has a range of impressive sports facilities including a sports hall and astroturf pitch, both of which can be used for a range of different sports including football, basketball, hockey, badminton and netball. Additionally, there is a new dance studio with a full mirrored wall and two multi-use gyms, which can be used for sports such as Judo. Furthermore, the site has five tennis courts to support the outstanding provision of sport available across the school.

Past Apprentices

This is an exciting opportunity for both apprentices to make their mark on this employer, who are really excited about taking on new members of staff in their motivated PE department. The school has experience of supporting apprentice's in their development and can consequently offer outstanding progression opportunities for the right individuals.

This employer is very keen to progress all staff members through the bespoke training opportunities they offer and can host superb professional development opportunities within the education sector.

Skills Required

The successful candidate will have experience of working with young people and children i.e. paid or voluntary work in schools, playgroups etc. and experience of providing general technical/resources support e.g. preparation of teaching materials, displays etc.

You will have the ability to relate well to children and adults, work in a team and as an individual and have good interpersonal and communication skills. Along with this, you will have the ability to remain calm under pressure, display patience and understanding of young peoples’ needs and the ability to use relevant technology.

It is important that you have good organisational skills, willingness to participate in development and training opportunities and the ability to complete basic paperwork.

Personal Qualities

The ideal candidate will have the ability to relate well to children and adults, work in a team and as an individual and display patience and understanding of young peoples’ needs.

Prior Qualifications

GCSE Grade C or equivalent in Mathematics and English

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

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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