Apprentice Teaching Assistant - Hope Primary School - REF: K001

Hope Primary is a newly built inclusive, exciting and ambitious school which is passionate about learning and the community and parishes it serves. The governors of Hope Primary School invite applications from enthusiastic and outstanding individuals who have a clear vision and commitment to learning within the joint faith community.

Key responsibilities for the role:

To work with and supervise the physical/general care of individuals and groups of children under the direction of the teacher and providing general support to the teacher with the management of pupils in the classroom. When required, to take part in the planning, development and implementation of programmes of support for pupils with special educational needs. 

Supporting students:

  • Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities
  • Deal with the personal care and comfort of pupils as required in relation to welfare, health, hygiene, toileting, dressing, feeding, and mobility 
  • Establish good working relationships with pupils acting as a role model
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes
  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Promote self-esteem and independence
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance and direction of the teacher
  • Support the use of specialist equipment and procedures including moving and handling to meet a child's individual needs
  • Respond to pupils' minor medical problems administrating basic first aid where appropriately trained

Supporting teachers:

  • Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment in accordance with lesson plans
  • In liasion with the teacher, utilise strategies to support pupils in achieveing learning goals
  • Assist with the display of children's work
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils' achievements and progress in an agreed format
  • Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents, and encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour 
  • Provide clerical/administrative support (e.g. photocopying, word processing, filing, collecting money etc.)
  • Undertake routine tests and invigilate exams and undertake routine marking of pupils' work
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers
  • Undertake constructive relationships with parents/carers
  • Undertake pupil record keeping as requested
  • Contribute to the review of pupils' needs
  • Be involved in the planning, development and implementation of programmes of support for pupils with special educational needs
  • Escort pupils as necessary and assist in movement around the school


Supporting the cirriculum

  • Provide support for structured and agreed learning activities/learning programmes, taking into consideration pupils' learning styles
  • Support literacy/numeracy programmes (e.g. Springboard, AL, FLS), recording achievements and progress, providing appropriate reports and feedback
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils' competence and indpendence in its use
  • Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/relevant learning activity and assist pupils in their use

Supporting the school

  • Be aware of, and comply, with school policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality, and data protection
  • Contribute to the school ethos, aims and development/improvement plan
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn, develop and feel valued, respecting their values
  • Work as part of a team appreciating and supporting the role of other people in the team
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school, if appropriate, and within working hours
  • Undertake personal development through training and other learning activities, including performance management as required
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required

Key skills to be successful in your application:

  • Have a good standard of education
  • Have communication and influence skills
  • Be a team worker
  • Have organisational awareness
  • Be able to use technology
  • Have professional value and practise 

Location: Lordens Road, Huyton
Contracted hours: 30
Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum Wage

How to apply: 
1. Download and complete the application form 

2. Return it via email to theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk

Closing date for applications: Thursday 27 June 2019

Top tips for filling in the application form:

  • Research the employer offering the job. Find out what they do and what the job involves.
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If you would like support completing your application form please email theknowsleyapprentice@knowsley.gov.uk with the subject heading 'Application Support'