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.
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically you might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs, including maths and English, Grade C/Level 4 or above. Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
You’ll learn about the main stages of child development from birth to 19, focusing on the kinds of influences and transitions that can affect children. You’ll find out about your responsibilities for safeguarding children’s welfare and explore the issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively and build appropriate relationships with those in your care, as well as with parents, carers and other professionals. You’ll develop strategies for promoting positive behaviour, delivering and reviewing assessment and supporting teachers with learning activities. There are optional units including supporting bilingual pupils or children with special educational needs. You could focus on pastoral support, speech and language development, extra-curricular or off-site activity. The course will help you to grow as a professional, learn to reflect and improve on your own practice and that of your team in school.
Apprenticeships are delivered in the workplace and 20% of your working hours will be dedicated to ‘off the job training’. You will be allocated a Teaching & Learning Co-ordinator (TLC) and will have access to our online study area where you will find all your study materials. Your TLC will provide you with personal tutorial support and on-programme assessment at pre-arranged times.
You will be assessed through direct observation of your performance in the workplace. You will build a portfolio of evidence and there will be some written assignments and set tasks.
End-Point Assessment (EPA) is by an independent assessment organisation and comprises of two activities – knowledge test and portfolio-based professional discussion.
Apprentices without English and maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment.
Employment in school-based support roles including: teaching, learning or classroom support, behaviour, pastoral, welfare, or English as an additional language support. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue positions with increased autonomy or responsibility such as team leader or senior special needs assistant. It can also be a stepping stone to further training for Higher Level Teaching Assistant positions or a Foundation/Degree in a related discipline.