Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Nov 1, 2019 by

Olive Tree Primary School Published: 1 November 2019
Luton, United Kingdom
Job Type


Apprenticeship: Teaching Assistant Level 3 (18 months)

School Background

Olive Tree Primary School is an independent faith school in the heart of Luton. The school is currently under new management and as such is going through effective changes. We are a one-form entry school with 40 children across KS1 and KS2. Being a faith school, we view the spiritual growth of our children as equal importance as their academic development. We are looking to establish a dynamic team of staff who are passionate about driving through school improvement and who will support us whole-heartedly as we overcome the challenges that lay ahead.

Job Title: Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Responsible to: Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Teachers

Salary: Apprenticeship Pay - £3.90/hour

Job type: Full-time apprenticeship (18 months) with the potential of employment post-apprenticeship

Job Purpose

The teaching assistant will contribute to the School Plan, supporting the Islamic ethos, aims and vision of the school by supporting the teacher in ensuring good pupil progress is made. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

Principle Responsibilities

Your duties will depend on your past experience and training. Generally, you'll need to:

  • deliver tailored teaching activities to pupils on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups
  • make sure that the pupils you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity
  • support the social and emotional development of pupils, reporting any issues when required
  • support the teacher in managing challenging pupil behaviour and promoting positive behaviour
  • listen to pupils read and read to pupils as a class, group or one-to-one
  • guide and monitor pupil progress
  • help with the planning of some lessons
  • provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils' progress
  • carry out administrative duties, such as preparing classroom resources
  • look after pupils who have had accidents, need help dressing or are upset
  • create displays of pupils' work
  • provide support outside of your normal classes, such as helping during exams, covering TA absences or going on school trips
  • help with extracurricular activity such as breakfast and after-school clubs, homework club, revision sessions or lunchtime duties
  • coordinate specific areas of teaching support once you have the right level of experience.

Supervisory Management: None

Financial Resources: None

Physical Resources: Classroom Materials, equipment and resources


All staff are part of a whole school team.They are required to support the values and ethos of the school and school priorities as defined in the School Improvement Plan.They are required to support and follow all relevant school policies including those for behaviour and child protection. This will mean focusing on the needs of colleagues, parents and pupils and being flexible in a busy pressurised environment. They should be involved in promoting the acceptance and integration of pupils with special educational needs.They might also be involved assisting pupils for whom English is an additional language.

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.

Disclosures are handled in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice which can be accessed from the Children and Learning Department, HR Division, or on www.disclosure.gov.uk

This post is classified ‘regulated activity’ in accordance with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.You must register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, and have your registered status confirmed by Luton Borough Council, in order to undertake this post.

Additional Information

Physical Effort: The job is likely to involve some lifting of equipment on a regular basis. Training will be provided where necessary.

Working Environment: There could be a frequent requirement to deal with vomit and bodily fluids when children are unwell or when following care plans.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure Barring Service.

Person Specification

Qualifications and experience


· 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading)

· A standard of written and spoken English & numeracy skills that supports pupils’ learning.


· Experience of working with children

· Experience of working in a school.

Skills and knowledge

· Ability to build effective working relationships with pupils

· Some knowledge of guidance and requirements around safeguarding children (training will be provided)

· Some knowledge of effective behaviour management strategies

· Good ICT skills, particularly using ICT to support learning

· An understanding of the varied needs of children as they develop socially and academically.

Personal qualities

· Patience, understanding and caring

· High expectations for children’s attainment and progress

· Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively

· Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times (GDPR)

· Commitment to safeguarding and equality

· Appropriate motivation to work with young people

· Ability to form appropriate relationships with young people

· Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours

· Appropriate attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline.

· Willingness to take part in appropriate training and personal and professional development

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