Royds Hall High School

Apprenticeship Teaching Assistant – Royds Hall High School (Term Time Only)

This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Team Member at Royds Hall Community School within the Additional Needs Team to support the learning, progress and care of identified groups of students to help them achieve their Personal Best.

Reference number: VAC1000202851


Wage – £10,158.72‬ per annum
Duration – 18 months
Start date – As soon as possible
Posted – 31/10/2023

Working Week:

Monday to Friday, times to be confirmed.

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Work under the direction of the SENCO to provide support for groups of students, in lessons and, occasionally for group or individual intervention
  • Effective liaison and communication between the pastoral support team and the teaching staff by working together to plan for the effective support of students
  • Provide skilled delivery and support which increases student independence under the direction of the teacher
  • To work under the guidance of the SENCO and other outside agencies to monitor students’ learning
  • Ensuring the progress is clearly recorded in the relevant systems and relates to the learning objectives/goals for students
  • To participate in and assist in supervision of educational visits, in conjunction with the teacher/line manager
  • Lead activities outside of lesson times (or supervise groups of students at lunchtimes, and break times, to ensure such students are safe and are participating in valuable activities to build the skills
  • Undertake varied roles and responsibilities (e.g. supporting the class whilst the teacher works with a specific group etc.) within the classroom under the direction of the teacher; always being integral to accelerating and measuring student progress
  • Undertake professional development to ensure own knowledge is up to date and to develop professionally
  • Actively encourage the inclusion of all students to participate in the life and activities of the school and access the national curriculum to the best of their ability
  • Liaise with department, pastoral and Additional Needs Team staff to help the teacher ensure the needs of all students are met fully
  • Ensure key staff are informed of progress and developments through regular feedback and updates
  • Maintain regular, positive contact with staff, students and parents involved in Additional Needs
  • Under the guidance of the SENCO provide one to one support to students or working with groups of students on pre-planned activities, to reinforce the teachers approach and to support the learning to maximise student progress and achievements
  • Proactive liaison with SENCO and teachers, to help the students make strong progress over time
  • Complete reports in relation to student progress and assist in the preparation of Support Plan, IEP’s, and EHC Plans as required
  • Contribute towards relevant referrals to outside agencies to access support for students
  • Communicate the needs of students by creating and updating student profiles under the guidance of outside agencies
  • Seek feedback about own performance and the quality of support offered.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Overview of the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development. The standard covers the following:

  • Knowledge
  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop
  • Technology
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning
  • Curriculum
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Developing strategies for support
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Working with teachers to accurately assess
  • Using technology
  • Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils
  • Building relationships/ embracing change
  • Adding value to education
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Professional standards and personal accountability
  • Team working, collaboration/ engagement

You will complete an End Point Assessment this will involve the following: The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:

Practical observation with questions & answers
Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of distinction, pass or fail. You are given one day per week as time off to study; you will attend classes via Teams and complete work for your apprenticeship.

Things to consider

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Term Time only, however your contract will require you to attend work in the school holidays to meet the needs of the school. You will be paid as a full time worker – 52 weeks per year.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Desired skills and personal qualities:
• Communication skills
• IT skills
• Attention to detail
• Organisation skills
• Customer care skills
• Problem solving skills
• Presentation skills
• Administrative skills
• Number skills
• Analytical skills
• Logical
• Team working
• Creative
• Initiative
• Non judgemental
• Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential. GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential.

About the employer

Royds Hall High School

Victory Avenue, Royds Hall High School, Huddersfield, HD3 4HA
Our Academy Our academy is part of a through school.  It has a wonderful ethos and spirit, where children are placed at the centre of everything we do. For many families it is important to know that the Headteacher of their child’s school is suitably experienced. I have worked for nineteen years across four secondary schools and a sixth form college.  I joined Royds Hall from Shelley College, an outstanding local school where I was the Vice Principal for four and half years.  Before I joined Shelley College, I was a founding member of the Senior Leadership Team at Rochdale Sixth Form College. I am exceptionally proud of the fact that we were awarded an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’ across all categories on first inspection. I strive for exceptionally high expectations for every student in their work, behaviour and personal development. This will allow us to provide the best educational experience for all.  Our mission is to ensure that all students leave Royds Hall fully equipped with the life skills, experiences and educational outcomes to enjoy a happy and successful future.

Closing date: 29 November 2023