Advanced Teaching Assistant Apprentice – Hilltop Primary School – Crawley

Role Overview:

In your role as an Advanced Teaching Assistant Apprentice, you will play a pivotal role in the development of positive educational experiences for children with a range of abilities in the school setting.

Vacancy Description:
Apprentice Teaching Assistants are appointed to work within the school as part of a team under the general direction of the headteacher. Their deployment will depend upon pupil’s needs, pupil numbers, staffing organisation and additional responsibilities as designated by the headteacher and SLT. Deployment will be reviewed annually as part of the Apprentice Teaching Assistants’ Professional Development and Review meetings.

The Apprentice Teaching Assistant will receive a Personal Development Plan (PDP) that identifies the training and professional development needs and tracks progress against them. Moreover, the Apprentice will work alongside a mentor in the school to develop the practical skills and competence required to achieve the standards needed for a Teaching Assistant.

Support the pupil by:

  • Undertaking activities with individuals, small groups or large groups of children to facilitate their physical, emotional and educational development and ensure their safety as directed by the class teacher, SENCO or headteacher.
  • Carrying out pre-determined educational activities and work programmes whilst promoting independent learning.
  • Working to establish a supportive relationship with the children and adults concerned.
  • Encouraging inclusion of children with special needs.
  • Promoting and reinforcing children’s self esteem.
  • Encourage positive attitudes and social interaction.
  • Engage in liaison with outside agencies to support programme of work where necessary.
  • Undertaking training as required.

Support the teacher by:

  • Monitoring and assessing individual children’s needs and reporting this to the designated teaching professional as appropriate.
  • Keep records of the children’s development and progress in line with the school’s assessment for learning policy.
  • Assisting teaching staff in the planning of work programmes for individuals and groups of children. Use own initiative to develop and plan further extended activities as needed.
  • Assisting the teaching staff with pastoral support and ensuring the welfare of the child.
  • Preparation of teaching materials, resources and displays.
  • Assisting and undertaking administrative activities related to the class or child as required.
  • Develop a professional working relationship with teaching staff, offering support and ideas.

Support the school by:

  • Being aware and adhering to school policies and procedures.
  • Being aware of confidential issues linked to home/pupil/teacher/school work and to keep confidences as appropriate.
  • Taking a sensitive and professional role in developing partnerships within a supportive team.
  • Developing and maintaining an effective storage and retrieval system for resources.
  • Supporting ‘special’ events at school by aiding with organisation and preparation.
Future Prospects:

Learners can progress onto a Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning and/or assessment against the Higher Level Teaching Assistant professional standards to achieve HLTA status. Level 4 qualifications in a relevant area, the Early Years Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree, are also open to successful candidates.

Desired Skills:

  • Good Literacy and Numeracy skills.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work off of own initiative and also as part of a team.

Qualifications Required:

The preferred candidate will have achieved a Grade C/4 or higher in GCSE English and Maths, or an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2. In some cases, consideration may be given to candidates who lacks these qualifications though has considerable experience in a relevant sector; however this is at the discretion of the employer.

Personal Qualities:

  • A level of maturity commensurate with working in a school classroom environment will be required.
  • Motivated by making a difference to children’s learning & development.
  • Willing to learn and professionally develop.
  • Committed to self-development.
  • Does what they say they will do  when they make a commitment – i.e. show up on time and not let people down.
  • Values others.
  • Effective communicator – good listener, sincere and able to win people over.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Confident to take the lead when appropriate.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Committed to collective success.
  • Socially adept.
  • Creative and innovative.
Training Provided:
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support of Teaching and Learning in schools
  • Level 2 Functional skills in English
  • Level 2 Functional skills in Maths
  • Level 2 Functional skills in ICT
Things to consider:

Hilltop is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to a full Criminal Records Bureau check’.

£4.50 per hour