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Course Code: NRT4203Z

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships

Course overview

This apprenticeship focuses on developing support skills in educational settings. Apprentices learn about classroom support, behaviour management and learning assistance, preparing them for roles as teaching assistants or learning support assistants in schools.

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 pupil’s learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know how their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play and integral part to the 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 the 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.

What will be covered whilst training:

  • Knowledge and skills include the following: understanding how pupils learn and develop,; using technology; Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning; Curriculum; Keeping Children Safe in Education; develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning; communication and team work; working with teachers to accurately assess; problem solving/ability to motivate pupils
  • You will also cover and provide evidence for a range of ‘behaviours’ which includes building relationships/embracing change, adding value to education, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, professional standards and personal accountability, team working, collaboration/engagement

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSE’s, including Maths and English Grade C or above (4/5 new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 Functional skills qualification.

Your progress is monitored and assessments are arranged throughout the course and are usually done on-the-job and through day release.

Assessments will include: observations of your performance; responses to written and/or spoken questions to show your knowledge and understanding; e-portfolio of supporting evidence containing testimonies, reflective accounts, assignments, work products such as activity planning sheets, completed risk assessments, continual professional development evidence along with supporting you to prepare for your end point assessment.

This End Point Assessment includes:

  • Practical Observation in the workplace with question and answer
  • Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.

Telephone: 01782 254287 (Newcastle office) or 01785 275660 (Stafford office)

If you successfully achieve all parts of the apprenticeship, your assessor will discuss with you and your employer the next steps to take. Dependent on your roles and responsibilities, this may be the next level of the subject you have been studying already or a different pathway.

While you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training.

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What else do I need to know?

On an apprenticeship programme you usually will work for a minimum of 30 hours a week for the employer and then have one day a week at college or designated time in the workplace. Some job roles will require a DBS before starting, you will be advised at interview stage if this is required. Whilst you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary, this includes all off the job training as well.