Teaching Assistant Apprenticeships

Apprentice Teaching Assistant based in Key Stage Two

Are you interested in starting a career working in a Primary School. We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people to join our successful schools as a general apprentice teaching assistant.


We would look to give you experience of working with a range of age ranges and so you can develop and gain experiences that will enable you to develop your expertise in this area.

Duties include:

  • Direct, supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
  • Establish good professional relationships with pupils and interact with them according to individual needs.
  • Promote British values and the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils.
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.
  • Support pupils who exhibit challenging behaviour by helping them to recognise triggers and implement de-escalation techniques.
  • Deliver intervention programmes to individuals or groups of children.
  • Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence.
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under guidance of the teacher.
  • As appropriate, look after sick or upset pupils administering basic first aid as required.
  • Attend to the physical needs of pupils.
  • Supervise pupils during break times and plan and organise activities if required.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • English and maths at GCSE or equivalent at grade 4/C and above

Personal qualities

  • Flexibility and adaptable.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and to be solution-focused when presented with challenges.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A creative and reflective learner with a sense of fun!

Qualifications required

  • Committed to supporting children in enjoying their learning and achieving.
  • Ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues, children and families.
  • Good literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
  • Ability to understand and support pupils with challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of working with children that have additional needs is an advantage but not essential.
  • Good communications skills.

Future prospects

A permanent position may be offered upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.
Progression on to higher apprenticeship / training
Ongoing training and support to allow for future career progression, including possible pathways into teaching

Things to consider

The post for which you are applying is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 because it involves substantial opportunity for access to children. You are, therefore, required to declare details of any criminal record you may have, including details of any convictions (even if they would otherwise be regarded as “spent” under this Act) or any cautions or bind-overs and any pending prosecutions. The information you give will be regarded as confidential and will only be disclosed in relation to this appointment.

If you are appointed, the LEA will arrange for a check to be made with the Disclosure and Barring Bureau (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) to establish whether there is any criminal record in your name. Any information received from the Bureau will be kept in strict confidence.

The disclosure of a criminal record, or other information, will not debar you from appointment unless the LEA considers that it renders you unsuitable for appointment. In making this decision the Authority will consider the nature of the offence and any other factors which may be relevant.

Failure to declare a conviction, caution or bind-over may well disqualify you from appointment or result in your appointment being terminated when the discrepancy comes to light.

If you would like to discuss, in confidence, a previous conviction in relation to your application, please telephone HR on 08456 066046.

Training to be provided

  • Full level 3 teaching assistant apprenticeship standard
  • Functional skills where applicable
  • (PLTS) Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Safeguarding training.
  • Working in partnership with the class teacher to provide excellent learning opportunities for pupils.
  • Experience in other classes.
  • Information sessions eg, SEN, assessment, primary curriculum, etc.
  • Opportunities to join staff training sessions.

About the employer

Colneis Junior School

At Colneis, with our broad and creative curriculum to motivate and inspire our pupils, we provide education for boys and girls aged between 7 and 11 years. The current school roll is 352.

Our school was built in the 1960s and provides accommodation for pupils in year groups that are accessed from the main hall. As with Fairfield, our outdoor facilities include a playing field, wildlife area, hard play areas and a Millennium garden. We are very proud of our covered, heated swimming pool.

We have dedicated staff, many supportive parents and a committed governing body. It is important to us that our pupils enjoy learning and feel secure during their time with us so that when they leave they have the skills and confidence to succeed.


Colneis Junior School, Colneis Road



IP11 9HH