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Apprentice Teaching Assistant - The Federation of Barnehurst Schools


Job title:

Teaching Assistant Apprentice


The Federation of Barnehurst Schools

Responsible to:

Assistant Headteacher

Salary scale:

Apprentice: £3.90 per hour

National Living & National Minimum Wage rates apply for those aged 19 and over who have completed the 1st year of their apprenticeship.


30 hours per week, 39 weeks per year, term time only.


The Primary First Trust currently consists of eight primary schools in Bexley and Medway who work in close partnership together.  From the outset the commitment of our organisation has been to ensure we can meet our school improvement priorities.  The upward trajectory of the results in all of our schools shows we have achieved this.


The Federation of Barnehurst Schools, has an exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Teaching Assistant to join our friendly team to provide support and assistance to the Teacher in the classroom.

The position requires excellent interpersonal skills to relate well to children and adults, and a basic understanding of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation stage and the types of lessons taught at the different key stages.


Main Responsibilities


Support for the Children

  • Support the Teacher to prepare the classroom for lessons
  • Support pupils to understand instructions
  • Gather, report information from/to parents/carers
  • Undertake pupil record keeping
  • Support the Teacher in managing pupil behaviour


Support for the School  

  • Contribute to the overall work and ethos of the school
  • Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies and professionals, in liaison with staff, to support the achievement and progress of young children
  • Improve own practice through training, observation, evaluation and discussion with colleagues


Person Specification:

  • GCSE, or equivalent, (ideally grade A-C) in English & Maths
  • Literacy and Numeracy skills to access the Classroom Support Diploma
  • Education qualifications sufficient to be able to support children / pupils from age 4-19 years
  • Some work experience or evidence of interest in working with children aged 3 to 11

  • Working with, volunteering or caring for children aged 3 to 11
  • ICT skills to operate a computer and other basic technology such as photocopiers etc
  • Communication skills to exchange information to a range of audiences including pupils, teachers, other school colleagues and parents/carers
  • Team-work skills to work collaboratively with colleagues, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and our own position within these


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment and to undergo appropriate checks, including enhanced DBS checks.

Job Description and Person Specification

Working in partnership with


  • The Primary First Trust
  • The White House, Clifton Marine Parade,
  • Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0DY
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  • The Primary First Trust Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee
  • registered in England and Wales number 08738750 and an Exempt Charity
  • Registered Address: The White House, Clifton Marine Parade, Gravesend DA11 0DY