St Giles School

Apprentice Teaching Assistant

  • Apprenticeship
  • Derby

Website St Giles School


Job Title: Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Apprenticeship Qualification: Teaching Assistant L3

How long does it take? 18 months

Who is it with? St Giles School

Where?  Hampshire Road, Derby, DE21 6AD

Working Hours: Monday-Friday, 38 hours per week, 39 weeks per year (term-time) (30 minute lunch)

Weekly Hours: 38

Hourly Rate: £4.30

Reporting to: Rob Sherwood – Deputy manager

About The Employer:

St. Giles is the only Primary Special School in Derby City. We are a warm and friendly school which meets the needs of pupils aged 4-11 with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Pupils may have other associated needs such as visual impairments or physical disabilities. We received a judgment of outstanding in all areas from our most recent Ofsted inspection (December 2016) and strive to provide a world class creative education for our pupils. The school has also received the ‘Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence Award’ for our outstanding commitment to inclusion and the ‘I Can Award’, which is presented to those schools who provide high quality speech, language and communication provision.

About the Role:

To provide support to the class teacher across a range of activities, which promote child development and learning.

To support teaching and learning, providing general and specific assistance to children and staff under the direction, guidance and direct supervision of a teacher.

To work with individuals or groups of children as directed by teachers.

To provide learning support to children who need particular help to overcome barriers to learning, including SEND pupils and EAL pupils.

To take personal responsibility for specific tasks, children or people as directed by teachers or other supervisory staff.

And Day to Day?


To act in accordance with all school policies and procedures and relevant legislation particularly in relation to child protection and behaviour management.

To promote and actively support the values and ethos of the school.

To establish effective working relationships and set a good example through their presentation and personal and professional conduct.

To provide a secure, caring and enriching environment for all children.

To model and exercise high quality care and education for all children during the school day.


To promote children’s self-esteem and inclusion through supporting the independent learning and inclusion of all children as required.

To contribute to the planning and preparation of school activities and visits.

To continually develop a high quality learning environment, including displays of children’s activities and achievements and information for parents and families.

To prepare and clear up learning environment and resources, including photocopying, filing and the display and presentation of children’s work.

To contribute to the maintenance of a safe learning environment.

To support learning by organising and providing resources for lessons/ activities under the direction of the teacher.

To work with individuals/ small groups of children under the direction of the teacher.

To implement planned learning activities/ teaching programmes as agreed with the teacher, adjusting activities/ support/challenge according to the children’s responses as appropriate.

To contribute to the assessment and recording of children’s achievements, behaviour and progress.

To use ICT effectively to support learning activities and develop children’s competence and independence in its use.

To contribute to the identification of and execution of appropriate out of school learning activities which consolidate and extend work carried out in class

To support the teacher in behaviour management, explaining instructions and keeping children on task.

To support children’s social and emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate.

To maintain and develop positive working relationships with parents and other adults involved with the child.

To arrange for first aid to be administered and comfort sick children.

You’ll need to have/be:

  • Have a creative approach to working with children
  • Deliver work under the direction of the class teacher
  • Work with pupils on targets set by the teacher
  • Have the ability to adapt to a variety of situations
  • Show initiative
  • Be enthusiastic and motivational
  • Have good ICT Skills

Personal qualities

The successful candidate will:

  • Be motivated to pursue further professional development and training within the area of special needs
  • Have a good record of attendance and punctuality
  • Be organised
  • Have a real enthusiasm and commitment to working with pupils with special needs
  • Have a sense of humour and a positive attitude


  • GCSE – English and Maths (Grade C or above)

And the Long-Term Opportunities?

As with any apprenticeship opportunity – if you prove yourself to be a valuable member of the team there is a strong chance of a permanent post within the business.

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