This apprenticeship enables you to develop your skills in supporting children's or young people’s learning in school and to take on additional responsibilities so that you can work independently from the teacher and with groups of children. You will also help to plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities.
It is an excellent stepping stone to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course, Foundation Degree or higher level training.
What are the benefits?
You must be over 16 years old and have:
Alongside the Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning, you will study Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (if you do not have these qualifications - or the equivalent - at point of entry).
Increasingly, schools are seeking support staff who can competently support children with the development of English and maths and who are confident in using ICT applications. Achieving recognised qualifications will therefore make you more employable.
You will also achieve an Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification (if you have not already achieved this at point of entry) and there is a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills element to the apprenticeship.
You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, professional discussions, observations of your skills and practice in school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans. Your Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed through examinations.
You will attend a weekly learning session and other learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your own needs. You will, however, normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications.
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Rhiannon Elliott has not looked back since embarking on the PGCE. Formal teacher training was critical for her role as a Travel and Tourism teacher at Derby College – and she feels particularly fortunate that she could achieve her ambitions through part-time study at the College itself.
She gained a nationally recognised qualification without having to move away from home. And so enjoyable was her learning experience that she has now begun studying for a Masters in Education with the University of Derby.
Derby College has offered me lots of support throughout my course. Sometimes working full time and studying can be quite challenging. However, the College has kept me on track and has been very open to helping me respond to any challenges. Reflecting on what I’ve learnt and how it has influenced my work is great.