Teaching Assistant Apprentice – St. Saviours Catholic Primary School


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£4.30 per hour

Here at The Isle of Wight College we work with a number of employers, in a vast array of industries. A fantastic opportunity has arisen to work for St. Saviours Catholic Primary School as a Teaching Assistant Apprentice.

This is a unique opportunity to join a thriving school.

Closing date for applications is 03/09/2021.

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 St. Saviour’s Catholic Primary school is looking for an enthusiastic individual to train in the role of Teaching Assistant and to join their friendly team. The apprenticeship will enable the successful candidate to provide high quality education and care for children so that they may achieve success in a stimulating, safe and inclusive environment.

The successful candidate will be working towards the Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship. The apprentice will gain experience through supporting the teaching and learning of primary aged children mainly in EYFS and KS1 (ages 4-7 years). Training will be provided and time given to complete portfolio work and to attend meetings with allocated apprenticeship assessor.

Based in Totland, West Wight, our rural primary school has capacity for 140 children (20 children per year group) although currently, we have 153 children enrolled. We have six classrooms: Reception and Key Stage 1 taught in separate year groups and mixed classes in Key Stage 2 with the exception of Year 6.

We are proud of the caring, Christian ethos of the school underpinned by the Gospel values: love, hope, compassion, justice and peace. We welcome and support individuals who join our community and are fully inclusive.

Job purpose:

  • Support students with their learning in classes and small groups in order that they achieve their full potential
  • Support the class teacher primarily and other staff within the school as directed.
  • Promote equality as an integral part of a role and treat everyone with fairness and dignity
  • Complete training as per the apprenticeship specification to the highest standard

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Develop an understanding of the learning needs of students and use this knowledge to support them to become independent learners in the classroom
  • Take into account student’s learning needs and ensure their access to the curriculum and its content through appropriate planning, clarification, explanations, and use of equipment and materials
  • Support the development of effective learners to fulfil our mission and promote our values of confidence, faith, respect, independence, inclusion and curiosity
  • Monitor students’ responses to learning activities and progress towards targets, record achievement and provide feedback to students and teachers as required
  • Assist in the implementation and tracking of student targets
  • Provide support for student’s emotional and social needs by encouraging and modelling positive behaviour and demonstrating high expectations, in line with the Behaviour Policy
  • Assist with the general pastoral care of students including basic first aid and break-time duties
  • Assist in preparation of resources, displays, and keeping the learning areas engaging, safe and tidy
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Accompany teaching staff and students on visits, trips and out of school activities as required
  • Attend required meetings and training session
  • Comply with individual responsibilities for health & safety in the workplace in accordance with the school’s Health & Safety Policies and Procedures
  • Ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the school’s Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Maintain confidentiality in all school related matters

The successful candidate needs to have:

  • NVQ Level 2 or equivalent 
  • Good numeracy, literacy and computing skills 
  • Good understanding of child development and learning with experience of working with children 
  • Be a good communicator with good interpersonal skills 
  • Have a good work ethic and able to work flexibly 
  • Be committed to improvement of self 
  • Show initiative and independence 
  • Support the Christian ethos of the school
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Experience of working with young children
  • Good understanding of child development and learning
  • Good understanding of classroom practices, roles and responsibilities
  • General understanding of the curriculum requirements and Key Stages from EYFS to KS2

Essential Qualities & Skills:

  • Good communication skills, written and oral
  • Ability to relate well to both children and adults
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships
  • Maintain professional approach
  • Motivated
  • Calm and objective
  • Approachable
  • Methodical and orderly in your work
  • Well-presented
  • Punctual and exemplary attendance
  • Enthusiastic
  • Considerate
  • Empathetic
  • Effective use of IT to support learning
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload
  • Ability to work under pressure and stay calm
  • Use initiative to problem solve or seek advice
  • Ability to work flexibly


Apprenticeship Standard: 

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English if required and if not previously achieved GCSE grade 4 or above
  • There is a requirement to complete 20% off the job training, time spent either learning something new, other courses or any support work that is not in your usual role will also be counted
  • Attendance at Isle of Wight College as required

Working Week:

  • Term Time only + 5 development days – as per IOW Local Authority school dates
  • 08:30 – 16:00 hrs (although flexible to accommodate training and study expectations) over 42 weeks per year 


  • £4.30 per hour

Closing date for applications is 3rd September with the view for the school to carry out interviews with the successful candidates the week after.

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £4.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Once qualified and dependant on needs of the school at the time of apprenticeship completion, there may be the potential for a permanent position.

So, if this sounds like the next step you want to take with your career, then please apply with a cover letter and CV telling us why you feel you would be the ideal person to take on this brilliant opportunity.

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