Vacancy: Apprentice Early Years Teaching Assistant (December 2021)

There are vacancies available at all of our schools. Click on the school logos to find out more about each school in our Trust
Job reference
Closing date
3 December 2021 at 9.00am
Interview date
10 December 2021
Start date
4 January 2022
Contract type
Expected duration = 18 months
£129 per week
Monday to Friday 8:45am to 3:15pm, with a 30 minute lunch break. The position is 30 hours per week, 52 weeks per year incorporating self-study and Continual Professional Development (CPD)
Total hours per week: 30.00
There is one vacancy available at Castle Mead and The Mead Primary Schools, and two vacancies available at River Mead School
Role overview
We are seeking four friendly and caring apprentices to begin their Early Years careers with the Mead Trust. Our apprentices work under the direct instruction of teaching staff and Higher Level Teaching Assistants; we provide the very highest quality mentors, alongside engaged Leadership support, to ensure our apprentices thrive.
We want to appoint people who are:
- Passionate about improving learning opportunities for all children
- Able to form positive relationships with staff, children, and families
- Committed to valuing and supporting the development of each child
- Motivated to develop their skills
- Flexible, with a strong commitment to teamwork
- Energetic and enthusiastic with a good sense of humour
Regular tasks:
- Supervise and support children, ensuring their safety and access to learning
- Encourage children to interact with others and engage in activities
- Encourage children to act independently, as appropriate
- Prepare classroom environments as directed and assist with displaying children’s work
- Be aware of children’s needs, progress and attainment
- Support the classroom team to manage behaviour, as needed
- Gather and report information to and from parents and carers, as directed
- Prepare and maintain equipment and resources as directed
- Be aware of, and comply with, the policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and GDPR
- Accompany teaching staff and children on visits and out of school activities, as may be reasonably directed
- Contribute to the overall life of the school
- Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required
Vision and values:
- Vision aligned with the Trust’s high aspirations, and holds high expectations of self and others
- Determined to secure outstanding learning and progress for every child
- Deep commitment to a collegiate approach and to working with others as a means of securing the best outcomes for children
- Value and respect the views and needs of children
- Have up to date knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance in relation to working with, and protection of children
- Display commitment to protection and safeguarding the welfare of children
- Demonstrate commitment to professional development in relation to safeguarding / child protection
- Work with your mentor and class team to inform them of any safeguarding issues
Desired skills
- Demonstrate high standards of personal organisation
- Be able to follow direction and use initiative
- Highly positive, creative and energetic
- Relish accountability and take personal responsibility for own actions
- Able to build trust and mutual respect between pupils, families and staff
- Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development
Desired qualifications
Hold 5 x GCSE grade A*-D (9-3), including English and maths
Personal qualities
Working in a school environment is both exciting challenging, and extremely rewarding. Our apprentices need to be:
- Flexible
- Reliable
- Trustworthy
- Discrete
- Patient
- Energetic
- Warm and caring
- Well presented
You also need to have:
- A good health record
- A good and appropriate sense of humour
- A good standard of spoken English
How to apply
Applications must be made via the government Apprentice portal. Click on the 'Apply' link next to each school logo to apply

Apply to The Mead Primary School >

Apply to Castle Mead School >

Apply to River Mead School >

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.

What we offer

We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • An excellent working environment, with access to all the resources you will need to create exceptional learning opportunities
  • Opportunities to work and plan collaboratively with experienced colleagues from across The Trust
  • Warm, enthusiastic and friendly children who are keen to learn and deserve the best
  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • A commitment to high quality professional development and career progression
  • A basic Zoom account
  • The opportunity to increase your skills and knowledge through a National College training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free, whenever you want them
  • A buddy for all of our new staff, who provide support for as long as is needed to help our starters become a part of the Mead family as quickly as possible
  • Access to a comprehensive staff portal, to make it quick and easy to get to everything you need in one place