Teaching Assistant

  • Apprenticeship
  • East Midlands
  • Nottingham

Website St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Voluntary Academy 

Apprenticeship Qualification:      Teaching Assistant Level 3

How long does it take?     Approximately 18 months

Who is it with?     St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Voluntary Academy               

Where?      Middenhall Crescent, Bestwood, Nottingham, NG5 5RS           

Working Hours:     To be confirmed

Weekly Hours:     32.5 Term Time ONLY

Hourly Rate:     £4.50 (with an intended increase in line with Government increase)

About The Employer: 

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust is one of four created across the Diocese of Nottingham as part of a visionary approach to Catholic education across the Diocese. The Our Lady of Lourdes CMAT brings together the 21 Catholic Primary and Secondary schools in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.

At St Margaret Clitherow, ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’ underpins everything that we do, plan to do and expect from our children and staff.

We are a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, diverse school that promotes cohesion, tolerance and respect for all people at all times.

We are a Catholic school, but we welcome and embrace children and staff of different faiths or no faith.

We work tirelessly to ensure our children can go forward as respectful, tolerant young people who can contribute positively to the world in which they will live, grow and participate in.

We believe that every one of our children, made in God’s image and likeness, is valued as unique with extraordinary gifts and talents which we aim to discover and develop through an effective partnership between home, school and Church.

We are all incredibly proud of our school and it is a very special place to be. A vibrant place where minds and hearts are nurtured and a place where lifetime friendships are made. It is a place where children are at the heart of every decision we make and are loved for who they are.

About the Role:

To work under the direct instruction of teaching staff, usually in the classroom with the teacher. Provide specific support to the teacher in the care of pupils and management of the classroom. Work may be undertaken in the classroom or outside the main teaching area.

And Day to Day? You will be Providing SUPPORT:

To Pupils:

  • Provide pastoral support to pupils within the school environment
  • Assist children in matters of personal needs and their general health including first aid and welfare matters
  • Provide structured support in accordance with specific work programmes designed and supervised by individual teachers
  • To contribute to raising standards by ensuring high expectations are promoted for pupils
  • Involvement in the implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour/Support/Mentoring plans
  • Provide general support to pupils, ensuring their safety, by complying with good H&S practice
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher

To Teachers:

  • Provide structured support in accordance with specific work programmes designed and supervised by individual teachers
  • Support the teacher in the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans
  • Assist in maintaining classroom discipline
  • Provide support to pupils to achieve learning goals, e.g. guided reading
  • Supervise pupils for a particular curriculum activity under the supervision and guidance of a qualified teacher
  • Assist the teacher with the planning of learning activities
  • Assist the teacher in monitoring pupils’ responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/progress as directed
  • Co-ordinate and organise pupils attending extra-curricular activities/work experience or other out of school activities under guidance of teacher
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc.
  • Provide general admin support, for classroom activities e.g. produce worksheets for agreed activities etc.

To the Curriculum:

  • To provide support in literacy/numeracy/SEN strategies
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use
  • Contribute to curriculum planning, evaluation and implementation
  • Contribute to the development, preparation and dissemination of appropriate materials


  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons you are responsible for or come into contact with. In addition to the ability to perform the duties of the post, issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children will need to be demonstrated these will include;
  • Motivation to work with children and young people.
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours and;
  • Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline.

To the School:

  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons you are responsible for or come into contact with
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of, support and ensure equal opportunities for all
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Assist with pupil needs as appropriate during the school day

About you?

  • Be enthusiastic and dedicated.
  • Be an exemplary practitioner with knowledge, understanding and experience of quality provision.
  • Be a good communicator, organised with effective interpersonal skills and a cheerful disposition.
  • Have experience working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Be able to work effectively as part of a team to achieve excellence.


  • GCSE – English and Maths (Grade C/4 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.


  • Access to first class CPD opportunities. Genuine opportunities for career progression – with 21 academies in our family, and 84 academies across the Diocese, opportunities for career progression are a reality.
  • Professional assistance – you will have access to an Employee Assistance Programme which provides confidential, independent and unbiased information and guidance 24/7. If clinically advisable, it also offers face-to-face counselling sessions.
  • Pension – automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme for support staff, one of the most competitive on the market, with employer contributions of above 20% in most cases.
  • Terms and Conditions – we have committed to following nationally agreed terms and conditions for pay for both teachers and support staff.
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