Teaching Assistant

  • Apprenticeship
  • East Midlands
  • Leicester

Sir Jonathan North Girls College

Apprenticeship Qualification:     Business Admin Level 3

How long does it take?     Approx. 18 months

Who is it with?     Sir Jonathan North Girls College                                            

Where?     Knighton Lane East, Leicester, LE2 6FU  

Working Hours:     08:30 – 15:00 with a 30-minute lunch break

Weekly Hours:     30 hours

Hourly Rate:     £8.91                   

Reporting to:     Assistant Principal                                                                     

About The Employer:

We are an outstanding 11-16 girls’ school that is inclusive, friendly and enriched by the diverse community that we serve. I am proud to have led Sir Jonathan North since January 2019 and feel it has its own unique ethos.

At Sir Jonathan North our simple aim is to ‘create good people’. In order to do this we need a curriculum that provides both academic excellence and holistic development. In other words, we take every opportunity to develop the ‘whole child’.

Parents and carers often ask me why they should send their daughter to a girls’ school. At Sir Jonathan North, girls learn without limits. Research shows that student confidence has a strong impact on academic performance. In mixed-gender classrooms, boys can often dominate discussions, and teachers can subconsciously play to boys’ strengths to get the best out of them. In our school, girls take centre stage.

Over their five year journey they learn to be confident, strong, independent and resourceful young women. We place a strong emphasis on the STEM subjects, and have an excellent record for our girls continuing on to A-level in the traditionally male-dominated subjects such as physics and computing. We promote strong female role models and challenge stereotypes wherever possible through our curriculum and visiting speakers.

We offer a wide range of sports and our many teams regularly compete regionally and even nationally. We offer extra-curricular sports clubs every day of the week, and our high rates of sport participation bucks the national trend for girls. Our newest building, which includes our trampolining hall, was named after Alice Hawkins, the famous suffragette.

In 2013, the College benefited from a £9 million partial re-build as part of the national Building Schools for the Future programme and now has high-quality purpose-built facilities for each curriculum area.

About the Role:

Sir Jonathan North College, part of Lionheart Educational Trust is seeking to appoint a committed and enthusiastic Apprentice Teaching Assistant to join a high achieving, successful and forward-looking team of staff. The Apprentice Teaching Assistant will work with students in order to improve the quality of learning and foster the participation of students in the social and academic aspects of college life.

And Day to Day?… You WILL:

  • Work with students within the school as part of a team under the direction of the line manager in order to:
  • improve the quality of learning and encourage the participation of students in the social and academic processes of the Academy
  • Seek to enable students to become more independent learners & Help raise the standards of achievement for all students.
  • Develop and implement own professional development and skills
  • Behave in a manner that is professional, friendly, fair with students and colleagues demonstrating and role modelling politeness and respectfulness whilst working cooperatively as part of the wider staff team
  • Support and direct activities with individuals, groups of students to ensure their safety and facilitate their physical, emotional and cognitive development
  • Help with care, personal hygiene and medical needs of students
  • Contribute to the health and well-being of students
  • Promote and reinforce the students’ self-esteem and independence e.g. support in form time, AoW, unstructured time, enrichment etc.
  • Support groups of students as directed during formal public or internal Academy examinations
  • Assist students on work placements, educational visits, residential trips, transition, off site placements and recreational activities as appropriate
  • Assist students with self-organisation and completion of homework tasks, in allocated periods during the school day
  • Liaise effectively with teachers/parents/carers as appropriate
  • Liaise with classroom teachers create appropriate resources reflecting needs of students with SEN in lesson
  • Support with the collation of data for targeted students with SEN
  • Implement learning programme and support individual needs as directed by the class teacher
  • Support the management of student behaviour under the direction of the teacher
  • Support and reinforce the Academy curriculum including catch up work, literacy, numeracy activities in a 1:1 setting
  • Support the use and development of ICT within the classroom
  • Maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and parents
  • Maintain and safeguard the confidential nature of student/teacher/home issues.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of student safety and security, including break and lunchtime school duties
  • Attend Pastoral meetings as appropriate

You’ll need to have/be:

  • GCSE A- C in Maths & English – ESSENTIAL
  • GCSE A – C in 5 subjects – DESIRABLE
  • ICT literate – must be able to use Microsoft Office
  • Experience in an education setting is desirable but not essential

Skills Required:

  • Able to take responsibility for own personal development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage workload and prioritise
  • Confidence dealing with people
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • High attention to detail
  • Calm and professional manner

Personal Qualities: –

  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • An enthusiastic team member
  • Ability to work unsupervised and independently
  • Build effective relationships
  • Confident and independent
  • Punctual and Committed

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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