Learning Support Assistant Apprentice – Holy Cross Catholic Primary School


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East Cowes
Full Time
£5.00 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 Holy Cross Catholic Primary School as a Learning Support Assistant Apprentice.

Holy Cross is a small Catholic Primary school set in an idyllic location to the North of the Isle of Wight in East Cowes.  Set in the grounds of Convent of the Cross, the school enjoy beautiful surroundings, with stunning views of the Solent and beyond. 

The aim of Holy Cross is to provide a caring environment for your child. The school offer a wide range of balanced learning opportunities for all children to help them grow into independent and responsible people capable of fulfilling their full potential.

Rather excitingly, they are now seeking to recruit a creative, confident and organised apprentice learning support assistant to join their friendly team within their wonderful school.


Duties and Responsibilities to include:


  • Support and contribute to the religious ethos and aim of the school.
  • Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/ Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes as required.
  • Plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate structured and agreed learning activities/ teaching programmes across the whole school, adjusting activities to pupil needs.
  • Plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate programmes across all age phases, recording achievement and progress feedback to the Inclusion Leader and teachers.
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.
  • Monitor pupils’ responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/ progress as directed.
  • Establish constructive relationships with pupils by being responsive to their individual needs.
  • Supervise pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtime as appropriate.
  • Promote inclusion of all pupils ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Be proactive in supporting pupils to interact with others and engage in activities in a variety of settings.
  • Promote self-esteem, independence and positive relationships.
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement.
  • Accompany pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the Trip Leader.
  • Promote positive pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/ carers.
  • Contribute to the completion of relevant documentation relating to groups or individuals, e.g. referral/ evaluation forms and preparation for multi-agency meetings.
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentially and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Participate in training and other performance development activities as required.
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties and responsibilities within the overall function, commensurate with the level of responsibilities and grade of the post.


Skills and Essential Qualities:

  • Understands how young children learn
  • Is kind, calm and confident
  • Has good literacy and numeracy skills including a GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths (or equivalent)
  • Is able to work under direction and use their initiative
  • Is well organised
  • Is creative and reflective
  • Is a flexible team player who is willing to take an active part in our school community
  • Has an understanding of confidentiality and safeguarding procedures
  • has some experience working with children
  • Has high expectations of pupils and is able to support them to work independently

See attached document for further specific details on person specification for the role.

Qualifications Required:

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English & Maths (or equivalent qualification and/or ability to work towards these Functional Skills) 

Apprenticeship Standard: 

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard.
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English if required and if not previously achieved GCSE grade C/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.
  • 12 to 18 month apprenticeship.

Working Week:

30 hours per week


£5.00 per hour for first 12 months with an increase to national minimum wage after 12 months

 Closing date for applications is 20th October 2021 with the view for the school to carry out interviews with all shortlisted candidates the week commencing 25th October 2021.

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 full time LSA position within the school.

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

*Please note applications without both a CV and Covering Letter will not be considered. *

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