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Apprentice Teaching Assistant (Level 2/Intermediate) – KT&A2581

Northfleet (

DA11 7JB


Kent Training & Apprenticeships


Closing date: 28/11/2019
Industry: Education
Vacancy reference: KT&A2581


Shears Green is a large, popular, successful and over-subscribed junior school situated in Gravesham. There are currently 480 pupils on roll organised into 16 classes. We are a friendly and supportive school who have high expectations of work and enjoyment of both children and staff. We are extremely proud of our learning environment and our positive relationships with parents. We have enthusiastic and effective support staff and dedicated governors.

We are well resourced, have excellent ICT facilities, large splendid grounds, and children who want to learn.  We are proud of our achievements and our dedicated staff and governors are committed to continuous improvement and greater success.

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Our children are excited about learning and proud of the wonderful resources and environment we offer. Shears Green Junior School is looking to appoint an apprentice Teaching Assistant to work across the school. The role will involve supporting both individuals as well as working within small groups of children. We would require you to work 30 hours per week.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicants will need to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the DBS Disclosure

Apprentice Teaching Assistant is required at Shears Green Junior School to carry out the following tasks:


Support the class teacher in the teaching and welfare of children to ensure they attain the targets set under their individual educational programmes.


  • Ensure the maintenance of a clean, orderly and safe working environment making sure that equipment/resources/materials are set out on time and as per instructions received and used safely to enable pupils meet their learning targets.
  • Assist teacher with learning activities ensuring health and safety and good behaviour of pupils. Support the pupils in accessing learning activities as directed by the teacher to enable pupils’ progress towards their targets.  Be aware of and support differences to ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Provide clerical/admin support (e.g. typing, photocopying, display, collection and recording of money etc.) and undertake basic recording keeping in respect of pupil learning, behaviour management, child protection etc. as directed in order to support the teacher deliver the specific learning programmes set for each child.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security and confidentiality reporting all concerns to an appropriate person to ensure pupils’ wellbeing.
  • Implement behaviour management programmes (under guidance and with support of the class teacher) for pupils with learning and/or emotional problems to ensure pupils’ wellbeing, health, safety and learning needs are met.
  • Contribute to the overall work/aims of the school and appreciate and support the role of colleagues and other professionals to enable the school to fulfil its development plans etc.
  • Undertake training and other learning activities and attend relevant meetings (within contracted hours) as required to ensure own continuing professional development.
  • Provide support for the class teacher and colleagues in manual handling and/or physical restraint of pupils to ensure pupils’ wellbeing, health and safety is maintained, and assist with the development of hygiene, toilet training and general dressing programmes.
  • Good standard of general education together with good numeracy and literature skills.
  • Previous experience (1-2 years) of working with children.
  • Use basic technology (computer, video, photocopier)
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality.
  • Manual handling/positive handling.

Support staff in schools make a strong contribution to pupils’ learning and achievement.  Teaching Assistants provide support to teachers and schools allowing qualified teachers to make even more effective use of their time, professional knowledge, skills and understanding.  TAs contribute to pupils’ learning and will have a significant impact on pupils’ achievement.


TAs will be expected to work effectively with individual pupils and/or small groups under the direction and supervision of a class teacher.  They will contribute to, and need to demonstrate skills in, planning, monitoring, assessment and class management.  TAs would also be expected to work as part of the school team and contribute to plans to ensure the school meets its aims.

The post holder must work within the relevant policies, codes of practice and legislation reporting any concerns to the relevant person.

The post holder must have good communications skills to be able to inform, persuade, inspire and motivate pupils and provide feedback to other professionals and parents as required.


£3.90 per hour


Monday to Friday, 30 hours per week,

You will be entitled to a 20 minute break in the morning and an hour for lunch


  • Good standard of general education together with good numeracy and literature skills.
  • Previous experience of working with children.
  • Use basic technology (computer, video, photocopier)


Have the ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly.

Good influencing skills to encourage pupils to interact with others and be socially responsible

Good sense of humour


Minimum achieved Grade D or equivalent in English and Maths.


On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Framework – consisting of the Intermediate NVQ Level, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills if appropriate.

Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.


Additional Detail

As of 1st April 2019, the NMW for Apprentices is £3.90 per hour. This applies to 16 - 18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training.

Important Information

The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.

KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.

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