Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship
In order to enrol on this apprenticeship, you must be in paid employment as an apprentice in a Teaching Assistant role in primary, secondary or a special education setting supporting children to access their education. Your role must allow you the opportunity to meet the full requirements of the level 3 apprenticeship which includes supporting pupils in the classroom, communication, teamworking, supporting teachers to assess pupils, using technology, problem solving and motivating pupils. To qualify for entry onto this apprenticeship you will already hold 5 good GCE’s including English and maths. You will be assessed before starting the programme to ensure this course is right for you.
To look for apprenticeship vacancies as a Teaching Assistant please go to the following website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
You will learn knowledge, behaviours and skills through blended learning, consisting of group training sessions, digital learning and tutorials carried out in the workplace.
- With coaching and support from your employer and your tutor, you will apply the knowledge, behaviours and skills to your organisation’s standards and to your specific role to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship.
- You will require an allocation of 20% off the job training time to enable you to complete coursework and assignments.
- At the 15-month stage of your 18-month programme you will be prepared for the apprenticeship Gateway and End Point Assessment. This will involve a 2-week intensive period of study, revision and tutorials with your assigned tutor.
- To complete your apprenticeship you will learn how children learn and develop, how to work alongside teachers to understand and support assessment for learning, how to use technology to support children, develop an awareness of safeguarding and Prevent issues and how to apply the curriculum used in your setting.
- You will undertake the level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification which will be completed before you work towards Gateway.
- As part of your end point assessment, you will take part in a practical observation with supplementary questions carried out in your setting and participate in a professional discussion based on your portfolio of evidence.
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Your knowledge, skills and behaviours will be assessed at the end of your apprenticeship, by a practical observation in the workplace, questions and a professional discussion. Your qualification will be achieved through a range of evidence gathering methods such as observation in the workplace, professional discussion, assignments and reflective accounts.
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Teaching Assistant is completed within 18 months so you must be employed for this time.
You will be working in a school environment, receiving on the job coaching and training in the workplace and will attend the training centre for weekly training sessions. You will be using digital learning materials and will be required to complete tasks and upload these to your e-portfolio, during allocated off the job training. This training will all be during your contracted hours of work.
What else do I need to know?
The course will extend your knowledge, skills and abilities, which in turn will enhance your career prospects enabling you to be a valuable part of any business. All training materials will be provided at the training centre.
You could move on to a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Education and Care next.