Apprentice Teaching Assistant Southfield School

Southfield School · Competitive · Harpenden
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You will be working to assist the teacher with/in:

The Learning Environment:

  • Help prepare the learning environment (including pre-empting possible flashpoints for individuals)
  • Help maintain the learning environment, tidying, storing, auditing equipment, displays etc
  • Prepare learning materials
  • Report health and safety issues

Planning and evaluation of learning activities:

  • Make and record observations for IEPs, AFL and other activities
  • Contribute to ROAs and AR reports
  • Contribute ideas/evaluate planning
  • Refer to and annotate planning

Health and well-being of pupils:

  • Respond to signs of health problems
  • Respond in line with school policy to any concerns regarding the welfare or safety of pupils (either physical or emotional)
  • Respond to signs of emotional problems
  • Support pupils self-care needs
  • Maintain awareness of health care plans

Behaviour Management:

Contribute to the management of pupil behaviour by:

  • Responding in a positive, calm and consistent manner in line with the school behaviour policy
  • Ensuring you are familiar with individual Behaviour Management Plans where appropriate
  • Using appropriate de-escalation and non-confrontational strategies
  • Seeking assistance when physical intervention is required and responding in line with school policy

Supporting specific needs:

  • Use multi-sensory approaches to developing literacy
  • Use multi-sensory approaches to developing numeracy
  • Use signing/symbols to support communication
  • Use social stories/comic strip conversations to support communication and social skills
  • Adapt environments for pupils with sensory processing needs
  • Adapt environments/activities/equipment for pupils with sensory and physical needs

Working in teams:

  • Contribute to developing effective teams
  • Work effectively with other professionals
  • Communicate effectively with parents
  • On occasions (emergency and short term) to supervise whole classes using work prepared by the teacher

Using ICT:

  • Using ICT to record pupil progress e.g. using and downloading photographs
  • Using ICT to support pupil learning e.g. using an iPad or interactive whiteboard
  • All staff must show an appropriate awareness (in line with the expected roles and responsibilities of the post) of the following

Equality:

  • Be aware of individual needs and support diversity to ensure that all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

Safeguarding Pupils:

This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure will be sought through the Criminal Records Bureau as part of Hertfordshire County Councils pre-employment checks. Please note that additional information referring to the Criminal records Bureau is in the guidance notes to the application form. If you are invited to an interview you will receive more information.

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Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • The ability to work creatively and sensitively with children
  • The ability to form effective working relationships with parents and other professionals
  • The ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff in the class and whole school setting
  • Awareness of the needs of pupils with complex learning difficulties

Personal qualities

  • Positive, calm and enthusiastic outlook
  • An appreciation of equal opportunities and a commitment to its implementation
  • To be willing to gain knowledge of the learning processes and specific needs of the child
  • To be committed to the development of the professional role

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English.

Future prospects

Potential to progress to:

  • Teaching Assistant in SEND and mainstream schools
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Behavioural Support Assistant/ Coordinator
  • Pastoral/welfare support assistant
  • Family Support Officer

Things to consider

The post will involve working as part of an established skilled team to support pupils with complex learning difficulties with all aspects of their learning and social and emotional understanding.

Pupils work at a level significantly below their age and may display some challenging behaviours due to their learning needs. Some pupils will also require support with their personal care.

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About the employer

Southfield is primary school with places for up to 80 children. Children can join us at any time during the school year, and at any age from four to eleven. Our pupils have a wide range of abilities and strengths.

They also have a range of special needs and our school caters for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Speech Language and Communication difficulties. Our school is situated in south Hatfield on Woods Avenue, and our pupils come mainly from Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, St Albans, Harpenden, London Colney, Potters Bar, Borehamwood and the area around Cheshunt. Hertfordshire County Council is the admissions authority for the school.

Employer

Southfield School

About disability confident

Disabled candidates will generally be offered an interview if you meet the minimum requirements for this vacancy. Contact the employer for full details.

Employers may need to limit the number of interviews offered to both disabled and non-disabled people if they receive high numbers of applications.

The disability confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

http://www.southfield.herts.sch.uk/

Address

Woods Avenue

Hatfield

AL10 8NN

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Training

Training provider

Education and Skills

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Education and Skills

Contact

Steph Jones stephanie.jones@education-and-skills.com

Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

This qualification will enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in primary secondary or special schools. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young peoples development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs and communication and professional relationships.

  • The ability to work creatively and sensitively with children
  • The ability to form effective working relationships with parents and other professionals
  • The ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff in the class and whole school setting
  • Awareness of the needs of pupils with complex learning difficulties

Personal qualities

  • Positive, calm and enthusiastic outlook
  • An appreciation of equal opportunities and a commitment to its implementation
  • To be willing to gain knowledge of the learning processes and specific needs of the child
  • To be committed to the development of the professional role

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English.

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