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Apprentice Teaching Assistants - Barbara Priestman Academy

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time - term time plus specified days
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
18/10/2021 23:59
Apprenticeship rate £139.75 weekly
Hours per week:
37 hours
Job Category:
Schools - Support
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Job details 

Closing date:
18 Oct

Further information

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship at Barbara Priestman Academy

Together we build brighter futures for our young people with special educational needs.

The Ascent Academies’ Trust was founded in 2012 and is a family of four special academies in the North East of England, over three different local authorities. We are a collaborative group of academies who work closely with one another in order to achieve the best outcomes for our young people. As a result, our academies have improved year on year and all academies are currently at least Good from an Ofsted rating, with some individual areas rated Outstanding. This is an exciting time to join our Trust as we look to set out our next steps in creating brilliant schools.

We are an ethical Trust whose vision and values are aligned to equality and diversity, collaboration and lifelong learning.

The role includes providing support for the teacher, for pupils with SEN and for the whole academy. The post is classroom based. For the right person, there is the opportunity to secure full time employment and progress to higher level qualifications.

In this post you will gain skills in the following areas:

Supporting the Teacher:
Raising awareness to the teaching staff of the strengths and areas for improvement of individual pupils
Assisting teaching staff in the monitoring, recording and evaluation of pupil’s progress, including providing feedback on observations undertaken
Liaising with teaching staff, to identify the needs of the pupils
Setting up and using equipment as required to maintain pupils’ needs and support their participation in learning tasks and activities
Providing support to teachers in developing effective approaches to manage behaviour and discipline difficulties
Assisting in behaviour management of pupils, following behaviour plans and applying strategies as identified for individual pupils
Raising the awareness of academy staff to pressures on pupils which may result in behavioural problems
Assisting in compiling and maintaining pupils' records
Assisting in the review of the statement
Carrying out appropriate schemes of work and programmes set by the teaching staff for pupils and to assist in the preparation of learning materials for this purpose
Working effectively with other academy staff in establishing routines for students
Assisting with the teaching of whole class, groups and individuals as required
Assisting in the preparation of work and other activities for pupils in accordance with objectives set by teaching staff

Supporting the Pupil:
Working with pupils on individual targets set by teaching staff
Working with individuals and groups to support learning activities and develop behaviour for learning
Undertaking duties in connection with personal hygiene and welfare of pupils as directed by the teaching staff as appropriate
Assisting in the provision of activities for the fullest development of the pupils which may involve work outside the academy base and in other learning environments located off site
Under the direction of teaching staff or senior colleagues, working independently with individual pupils or groups of pupils where necessary
Provide support for students with a range of SEN, as required by students and/or directed by teaching staff
Delivering relevant therapies under the direction of a multi-disciplinary team, including the use of specialist equipment
Contributing to the preparation of individual pupil risk assessments as required

Supporting the Academy:
Participating in meetings to review pupil progress and reporting to the meeting as required, on involvement with pupils
Contributing to the whole academy’s self evaluation process
Consistently implementing the academy’s behaviour management system

Other General Requirements:
Attending and participating in training and development activities as required
Participating in schemes of assessment, professional development and review
Assisting teaching staff or senior colleagues in escorting pupils home as and when required, as directed by the teaching staff
Attending meetings, liaising and communicating with colleagues in the academy, outside agencies and other relevant bodies
Being an effective role model for the standards of behaviour expected of pupils
Having due regard to confidentiality, child protection procedures, health and safety, other statutory requirements and the policies of the governing body and the academy
Undertake additional duties and responsibilities commensurate to the role, as directed by the Head of Academy and senior staff.

To apply for this amazing opportunity, please click on Apply Now and you will be taken to the apprenticeship website where you can create your account and apply for the position.

Interview Date: Tuesday 9th November 2021

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people with Special Needs and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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