Learning Support Assistant Apprentice with Cavendish School

10 May 2024

What’s the JOB?

Learning Support Assistant Apprentice

WHO is it with?

Cavendish School


Lady Gomm House, 58 Hawkstone Road, London, SE16 2PA

WHAT does it pay?

£6.40 per hour (32.5 hours)

WHAT are the HOURS?

Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm.

WHAT Qualification will I GAIN?               Teaching Assistant Level 3

How LONG will it TAKE me?                       17 months       

WHAT will I LEARN about?

·         Teamwork

·         Curriculum

·         Keeping children safe in education

·         Technology

·         Supporting and developing pupils learning and development

·         Behaviours

·         Equality and diversity


HOW does the Apprenticeship work?

·         WORK Full Time, PAID Full Time

·         1-2-1 Monthly Sessions (via Teams) with your dedicated Tutor – NO college!

·         6 hours a week Apprenticeship Study Time, to focus on:

o   Assignments, training & development activities

o   Hours are agreed with your manager, either split across the week, or on a set day

·         Regular PROGRESS Reviews with your Tutor & Manager – you will ALWAYS know how you are doing

·         Final Assessment(s) inc. multiple choice tests, projects & presentations –  with full support from CT Skills!

So, WHO are Cavendish School?

Cavendish is a small Special Independent School supporting young people with SEMH from the age of 11 to 16. Working hard to provide a rich and balanced educational environment which caters for the whole person-academically, vocationally, socially, morally, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and environmentally – Cavendish aims to meet the needs of all our students as well as developing their ability to be independent, responsible learners. In this way we will raise aspirations, unlock potential and work to achieve excellence through encouraging a “can do” culture which nurtures confident and competent people.

For more information, visit https://www.cavendish-school.org/

WHAT’S in it for ME?

You’ll be joining a small friendly team offering support in all areas of school life, and a good work life balance, for example you’ll enjoy a termly well-being day for staff.

Induction training and access to CPD via National College, INSETs, as well as access to Employee Support Programme (Education Support); this gives you access to support 24/7 on all everyday matters (work, financial, counselling etc.)

Plus, you’ll get:

·         Company sick pay after qualifying period (increasing incrementally with service)

·         Participation in the Company’s Pension Scheme (subject to eligibility)

·         Lunch is free when eating with our students (balance health meal)

        Access to Employee Assistant Programme


DAY to DAY, you will….

·         Engage with Teachers to support the setting up of classroom activities.

·         Understand the curriculum being taught.

·         Understand the specific learning needs of each student.

·         Support students accessing learning / curriculum as directed by the Teacher.

·         Engage positively with all students, modelling best practice.

·         Support students in becoming independent learners.

·         Apply the school’s behaviour management procedures and support students to achieve the best outcomes.

·         Support Teachers in ensuring the teaching room complies with Health and Safety.

·         Put equipment out for lessons and tidy away following lessons.

·         Carry out duty over lunch period as directed by duty rota (following training period).

·         Contribute to the overall ethos and aims of Cavendish School.

·         Adhere to Health and Safety procedures.

·         Adhere to Safeguarding procedures in line with policies, including Prevent, Online Safety.

·         Maintain confidentially in line with our GDPR/DP procedures and policy.

·         Support enrichment activities for example in house workshops and off-site visits.

WHAT Skills do I NEED?

Apprenticeships are very demanding; you’re working towards a qualification whilst working full time! You’ll need to be committed and motivated as there is lots of self-guided work involved. PLUS, you need GOOD …..

·         Good Communication

·         Analytical

·         IT

·         Logical

·         Attention to detail

·         Team working

·         Organisation

·         Creativity

·         Customer care

·         Initiative

·         Problem Solving

·         Non judgemental

·         Presentation

·         Patience

·         Administrative

·         Physical fitness

·         Numeracy


·         GCSE or equivalent English and Maths grade 4/C or above

·         UK Residency (MUST have lived in the UK for 3 years+)

What AFTER the Apprenticeship?

You could progress into ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Specialist Support Assistant (with an increase in salary!) or consider other options, just take a look;  https://www.ctskills.co.uk/apprenticeship-courses/education/s

INTERESTED? Before you apply, ASK yourself?

·         Are you happy with the role, company, and qualification?

·         Can you commit to the timeframe?

·         Do you meet the eligibility criteria? (GCSE Maths & English 4 or above & UK Residency)

·         Can you start immediately, or do you have other commitments such as education or work?

·         Is your CV up to date and relevant? If not, use this: https://www.ctskills.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Candidate-CV-Advice-Template-1.docx

What NEXT?

·         If successful, you’ll receive a phone call from our Recruitment Team

·         NEXT, you’ll be asked to write a supporting statement (this will be added to your CV)

·         You’ll complete an English and Maths assessment

Job Benefits

Company Sick Pay
Company Pension Scheme
Free lunch when eating with students
Employee Assistance Programme
Work Level
Level 3
Employment Type
Full Time
£6.40 per hour
Cavendish School
Apprenticeship Course
Teaching Assistant Level 3
17 months
CT Skills
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