This apprenticeship equips students with the skills they need to provide professional and effective classroom support as a Teaching Assistant. As well as gaining a respected national qualification, students will develop confidence, motivation, self-esteem, communication, teamwork and skills in supporting children or young people with their learning and development.
What are the benefits?
You must be over 16 years old and have:
Alongside the Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, you will study Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (if you have not achieved these or the equivalent at your 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. If you already have Level 1 Functional Skills, you will have the opportunity to achieve these at Level 2. You will also achieve an Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification, and there is a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills element to the programme.
You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, presentations, 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 on a Tuesday afternoon and other learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your own needs. You will normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications.
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Former animal welfare degree student Elizabeth Spinks says Derby College has given her the opportunity to expand her career into teaching. Elizabeth, 26, used her qualification from the University of the West of England in a number of roles – educating animal lovers about cat care – but she felt she needed a more challenging job.
She answered a Derby College advertisement and landed a part-time teaching position which led to a full time post at Broomfield Hall. Elizabeth, from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, teaches practical and theory in the care of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and alpacas. Describing her job as half assessor-trainer/half lecturer, Elizabeth mainly teaches school leavers.
As part of her role she studied part-time after work in Education and Training at Levels 3 and 4 at the Roundhouse in Derby. She praised the motivational and mentoring skills of the lecturers and said the classes were always "relatable" to the workplace. Now Elizabeth is taking her PGCE teaching qualification, while covering for a lecturer on maternity leave. Her aim is to "keep improving" and possibly to progress to become a full-time lecturer.
The lecturers were really good. They kept me really interested, especially after teaching full-time all day, and then going in during the evening: I imagine it’s quite hard work to motivate people.
I found it very good, and really interesting and it definitely increased my confidence a lot for teaching. All the modules were relatable and all the activities were really well planned.