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Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant (Level 3/Advanced) – KT&A2904

Rochester (



Kent Training & Apprenticeships


Closing date: 25/08/2022
Industry: Administration, Education
Vacancy reference: KT&A2904


Hilltop Primary Academy is part of the Skills for Life Trust. The Trust have developed a set of core values for staff which are promoted, encouraged and led by our CEO, Mr Andy Reese. The values help to ensure staff have a healthy work-life balance, are recognised and praised for their work, and are empowered to make decisions. As part of the Skills for Life Trust you will be involved in collaborative working across the primary and secondary settings. View school video here

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Travel information:

13 min walk from Strood Railway Station


Hilltop Primary Academy are looking to recruit an Apprentice Teaching Assistant to provide support in learning whilst studying for a Teaching Assistant Qualification. Our Teaching Assistants are an important part of our team who provide support to our teachers and therefore will need to establish strong working relationships with staff and students. You will be providing pupils with support, guided by the class teacher, to enable pupils to make progress within the classroom.

To follow a programme of support clearly defined by the SENCO and work alongside teaching and other appropriate staff dependent on the nature of the particular needs of the child or children.

  • To work collaboratively with teachers and other staff as an integral part of the teaching team.
  • To assist pupils with learning difficulties using a variety of resources which may involve support with reading, writing, spelling and computer-based learning under the direction of appropriate teaching staff.
  • To support pupils to develop fully alongside their peer group using a clearly defined programme which could involve development of play techniques, language development etc. as directed in the SENCO.
  • To regularly update the SENCO on progress made by pupils or difficulties faced by individual pupils.
  • To become familiar with the differing learning needs and teaching strategies for pupils with specific learning difficulties and other learning problems.
  • To support pupils with additional needs which may include sensory impairment or be medical in nature
  • To deliver interventions to small groups or one to one sessions.
  • To support pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties within the classroom under the direction of the SENCO/teaching staff.
  • Promote positive behaviour patterns, raise self-esteem and improve independent working in students to assist in their educational and development.
  • To work towards enhancing the curriculum. literacy and numeracy programmes and supporting and enhancing the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To undertake appropriate training to enhance skills or knowledge.
  • To collate information regarding pupils and submit reports for annual reviews.
  • To assist teaching staff in setting appropriate targets based on objectives set in School Based Support Plans and Personalised Plans.
  • To complete administrative tasks as set by the class teacher.


National Apprenticeship Pay Rate – £4.81 per hour

  • Skills for Life Trust values
  • Free Private Healthcare Cover
  • Personal development and promotion  opportunities across the Trust
  • Trust wide focus on staff wellbeing
  • A supportive environment
  • Secure car parking
  • Access to the National College


30 hours per week, 38 weeks per year (Term Time only)

20% paid time during working hours is given to complete training, referred to as “Off the Job Training”


  • Good standard of general education.
  • Good numeracy and literature skills.
  • Previous experience of working with children an advantage
  • Use basic technology (computer, video, photocopier)
  • Awareness of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage the behaviour of young children in a calm and disciplined manner
  • Enthusiasm and interest in variety of activities
  • Ability to work professionally and respect confidentiality
  • Have the ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly.
  • Committed to Inclusive Education


  • Excellent attendance and punctuality record
  • Smart appearance
  • Good sense of humour
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Well organised and efficient
  •  A team player
  • Ability to demonstrate patience and empathy
  • Good influencing skills to encourage pupils to interact with others and be socially responsible.
  • To be able to meet deadlines
  • To be able to follow instructions carefully and accurately so as to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.


Must have GCSE Grade 9 – 4 (or A – C) in English and Maths. Or equivalent qualifications in these subjects.


On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard – Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. 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. 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 2022, the NMW for Apprentices is £4.81 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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