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Teaching assistant 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 and contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting ‘fundamental British values’ through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours is crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
Who is it suitable for?
The teaching assistant apprenticeship is suitable for employees in a range of roles, including:
- Teaching assistants
- Learning support workers
- SEND learning support workers
- Post-16 academic support workers
What’s included in the apprenticeship in England?
Teaching Assistant Standards, Knowledge and Behaviours
- Diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools – Level 3
- Functional skills – Maths level 2
- Functional skills – English level 2
- End point assessment
What’s included in the apprenticeship in Wales?
- Level 3 diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools
- Essential skills application of number – Level 2
- Essential skills communication – Level 2
- Essential skills digital literacy – Level 2
Off the Job Training
Off the Job training is one of the key principles of apprenticeships to provide a varied and wide learning experience. 20% of all working hours will be used to gain new skills and experiences to broaden a learner’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Examples could include:
- The teaching of theory (for example: teaching sessions, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning),
- Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, training courses, attendance at competitions, learning new skills.
- Learning support and time spent writing assignments or projects
How long does it take?
18 months + 3 months End Point Assessment
What is included in the End Point Assessment?
The End-Point Assessment will use two assessment methods:
- A Practical Observation in the workplace with Q&A
- A Professional Discussion, underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.
Your apprenticeship questions answered
Click below for answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
Can my existing staff start an apprenticeship?
Of course! Placing your existing staff on an apprenticeship is a great way of upskilling your employees and uncovering your future managers. It can be a great way of motivating and rewarding your staff by committing to their continued personal development within your business.
How does the apprentice learn?
Apprentices do most of their learning at work and benefit from regular contact with their dedicated assigned assessor. There is coursework to be completed while on the course, which is to be submitted online, however, the knowledge to complete this is provided while learning inside your business.
How much do I have to pay an apprentice?
Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices if they are aged 19 and under or aged 19 and over and in their first year of an apprenticeship.
Apprentices are often paid higher amounts as their skills develop and we encourage employers to do so
Why should I take on an apprentice?
Apprentices can bring fresh new ideas to your business allowing them to grow and thrive. You gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way. They can motivate your workforce more and overall enhance your business performance while addressing skills shortages in your business.
Why choose us
We can help you to choose an apprenticeship course that is right for your employees, or support you with recruitment to fill an apprenticeship vacancy. We work closely with you and the learner will help to develop the skills needed for your setting. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your business needs.
We are able to tap into a talent pool overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into apprenticeship roles.
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