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Apprentice Early Years Assistant - Fairfield Infant School

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18th June 2021

Employer Description

The Federation of Fairfield and Colneis are partnership of two schools; Fairfield Infant and Colneis Junior Schools. The popular infant and junior schools, based on separate sites, have been successfully collaborating for around 12 years and in a Federation for 4 years.

At Fairfield, with our friendly and caring atmosphere, we provide day school education for an average of 270 boys and girls aged between 4 and 7 years, including Nursery provision.

There has been a school on this site since 1879 and we are very proud of our beautiful Victorian buildings and £500,000 extension providing a new school entrance, offices and a magnificent hall. Outdoor facilities include a playing field, adventure playground, wildlife area together with spacious hard play areas.

Fairfield Infant school have an opportunity for an Apprentice to join the team.

Main description

To work under the instruction/guidance of teaching/senior staff to assist in promoting the learning and personal development of the children that you are working with.  You will undertake work/care/support programmes to enable access to learning for all pupils to whom you are assigned, to enable him/her to make best use of the educational opportunities available to them. You may also work individually on a 1-1 basis with children, including those who have additional needs. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area. 

Duties and Responsibilities to include:

Support for pupils

For all Pupils:

  • Direct, supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
  • Establish good professional relationships with pupils and interact with them according to individual needs.
  • Promote British values and the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils.
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.
  • Support pupils who exhibit challenging behaviour by helping them to recognise triggers and implement de-escalation techniques.
  • Deliver intervention programmes to individuals or groups of children.
  • Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence.
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under guidance of the teacher.
  • As appropriate, look after sick or upset pupils administering basic first aid as required.
  • Attend to the physical needs of pupils.
  • Supervise pupils during break times and plan and organise activities if required.

For the 1-1 support, to aid the pupil to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on his/her own by, for example:

  • To establish supportive relationships with the pupil concerned
  • To promote the acceptance and inclusion of the pupil with SEN, encouraging pupils to interact with each other in an appropriate and acceptable manner
  • Clarifying and explaining instructions
  • Ensuring the pupil is able to use equipment and materials provided
  • Motivating and encouraging the pupil(s) as required by providing levels of individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks as appropriate to pupils’ needs
  • Using praise, commentary and assistance to encourage the pupil to concentrate and stay on task
  • Liaising with class teacher, SENCO and other professionals about individual education plans (IEPs), contributing to the planning and delivery as appropriate
  • Consistently and effectively implementing agreed behaviour management strategies
  • Helping to make appropriate resources to support the pupil
  • To give positive encouragement, feedback and praise to reinforce and sustain the pupil’s efforts and develop self-reliance and self-esteem.
  • To support the pupil in developing social skills both in and out of the classroom
  • To provide regular feedback on the pupil’s learning and behaviour to the   teacher/SENCO.
  • To accompany teacher and pupils on educational visits    

Support for the Teacher

  • Help to create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans.
  • Assist with the display of pupils’ work.
  • Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support pupils to achieve learning and behaviour goals.
  • Assist with the planning of learning activities.
  • Observe and monitor pupils’ responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/ progress and observations as directed.
  • Provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on pupils’ achievement, progress, problems etc.
  • Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • Establish good relationships with parents/carers.
  • Administer routine tests and undertake routine marking of pupils’ work.
  • Provide clerical/admin support eg, photocopying, typing, filing, etc.

Support for the Curriculum

  • Deliver structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses.
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.
  • Prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources required to meet the lesson plans/relevant learning activity and assist pupils in their use.

Support for the School

  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, pupil behaviour, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Promote the ethos, work and aims of the school.
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including at play times, during assembly and before and after school, if necessary.
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils at lunch times when required.
  • Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required and take responsibility for a group under the supervision of the teacher.
  • Prepare playtime drinks for staff and assist with maintaining a clean and tidy environment around the school.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 A* - C with English and Maths, or equivalent
Level 2 Childcare qualification - essential

Skills required

Ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues, children and families.
Good literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
Ability to understand and support pupils with challenging behaviour.
Good communications skills.
Ability to remain calm under pressure and to be solution-focused when presented with challenges.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Personal qualities

Committed to supporting children in enjoying their learning and achieving.
Experience of working with children that have additional needs is an advantage but not essential.
Flexibility and adaptable.
A creative and reflective learner with a sense of fun

Training to be Provided

Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Things to consider

You will be subject to pre-employment checks such as; DBS. This position is term time only. Interviews will take place on 19th August

Future Prospects

Although there are no guarantees, this post could provide the opportunity for a full time Early Years teaching assistant role on completion of the apprenticeship.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 06/08/2021


£124 per week


This job is located in Felixstowe, Suffolk

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