Apprentice Teaching Assistant - Sedbergh Primary School, Long Lane, Sedburgh, Cumbria, LA10 5AL

About the Employer:  Sedbergh Primary School caters for children aged from three (in the Nursery class) up to eleven. There is one class per year group, and currently in school we have 193 pupils including our Nursery children. At Sedbergh Primary School, we strive to provide a learning environment that provides the best experience of childhood and learning for the children who attend our school. We aim for all children to achieve to the highest academic standard but also provide a meaningful and engaging curriculum. We endeavour to work in close partnership with parents to nurture bright, articulate and organised young people who have a balanced and tolerant world view. We enable children to take the first few steps towards achieving their ambitions and dreams. As well as teaching the English National Curriculum, we provide a range of activities, clubs and experiences to further support child development, in particular children’s understanding of the world and their place in it. We have recently been awarded the Eco-Schools Bronze Award and the Fairtrade Fair Active Award in recognition of the extra lengths we go to educate our children as citizens of the globe.

Brief overview of the role: Sedburgh Primary School are looking for a ‘Supporting Teaching and Learning’ Teaching Assistant to be based in Years 1, 2 and 3. Sedbergh Primary School presents a fantastic opportunity to start a career working in a school. You will receive comprehensive training throughout the apprenticeship and ongoing support from the school.

Working as a teaching assistant in Key Stage 1 and Year 3 you will;

  • Support children with learning on an individual, class or small group basis and help children who need extra support to complete tasks. You will supervise group activities.
  • Help the teacher to develop learning programmes and activities, and adapt appropriate materials. Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses.
  • Undertake intervention programmes, following appropriate training, linked to local and national learning strategies, recording achievement and progress, and providing feedback to the teacher.
  • Assist the teacher with marking and correcting work, and other administrative tasks.
  • Assist with the preparation and maintenance of equipment/resources required to meet lesson plans/relevant learning activities to support the delivery of an enriched curriculum. Prepare the classroom for lessons and practice good housekeeping to ensure the classroom remains in good order.
  • Listen to children read, read to them and tell them stories.
  • Support the teacher in managing class behaviour and look after children who are upset or have had accidents.
  • Take part in training, meetings and reviews, developing knowledge of the learning support needs of individual pupils.
  • Create displays from pupils’ work. 
  • For the pupils you are supporting:
  • Aid their learning as effectively as possible.
  • Clarify and explain instructions.
  • Ensure they are able to use any equipment and materials provided.
  • Assist them in weaker areas such as language, behaviour and social skills.
  • Help them to concentrate on and finish work set for them.
  • Meet physical needs as required while encouraging independence.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of EHC plans.
  • Support the use of IT and computing in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.
  • Help out with school events, trips and activities.

 Other key roles and responsibilities will include;

  • Contributing to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Appreciating and supporting the work of other professionals.
  • Attending and participating in relevant meetings.
  • Participating in training and other learning activities and performance development
  • Complying with all necessary policies and procedures relating to child protection, equality and diversity, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills:

  • Willing and able to complete all learning and assessment requirements of the relevant framework.
  • Able to establish good working relationships with staff, pupil’s parents and outside agencies.

Personal qualities:

  • Confident
  • Team player
  • Responsible
  • Enthusiastic
  • Good time management

Qualifications required:

  • Hold GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths or equivalent.

Future prospects:  At the end of your apprenticeship you’ll achieve a nationally recognised Education qualification as well as valuable work experience that will provide you with the best chance possible of being offered a full-time role within a school. A teaching assistant can earn between £15,000 and £22,000 per annum and is also the first step on the learning ladder progressing to STA, HLTA and potentially a class based teacher.

Things to consider:   If you are successful you will be required to complete online initial assessments in Maths, English & ICT. Wiliness to undergo an enhanced DBS check performed by the Employer/school. Ability to travel to work.


Training to be provided:


The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised and working under the direction of the class teacher.

The framework provides training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behaviour support assistant/co-ordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant; foundation stage assistant or team leader.

Apprenticeship programmes provide a structured paid national training route within the workplace, which is supported with on-going professional development. You will have the opportunity to undertake a ‘portfolio’ of skills and qualifications that will allow you to progress within your work environment and or progress to both further and higher education, if necessary.

The qualifications you will gain as an apprentice are: 
Certificate (Level 2) in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
Employees Rights and Responsibility workbook (ERR).
At Level 2 the total minimum number of credits that an apprentice must attain on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) for this pathway is 45. This is achieved through completion of the Combined Knowledge and Competence qualification and the Transferable Skills qualifications:
- Functional Skills Level 1 Mathematics
- Functional Skills Level 2 English
- Functional Skills Level 1 ICT


What will I learn?

Mandatory Units include:
- Child and young person development
- Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
- Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
- Support learning activities

You will have a range of optional units to select from which include: Prepare and Maintain Learning Environments; Provide Displays in Schools; Provide Support for Therapy Sessions or Support Assessment for Learning.

Hours of work:

Monday to Friday - total hours per week: 37.00 (approximately 32 school based and 5 college based dependent on training needs)


National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage (£3.50 p/h)


Sedbergh Primary School, Long Lane, Sedburgh, Cumbria, LA10 5AL

Closing date:

05 Jun 2017

How to apply:

To apply for this position, view the full details and how to apply via the website on:

Interview information: Interviews planneed for 13th June 2017.  

Be sure to take your time when completing this application, ensure you consider all the required skills and responsibilities and what you can offer.  If you would like any support in completing this application, you can access support from Student Services at Kendal College on 01539 814725.