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.
You need stationery only.
Ambitious Dawn Sheils-Houston says the world has opened up to her after completing a “goldmine” study programme at Derby College. Dawn works for Derbyshire Constabulary as an Attraction and Engagement Officer - encouraging unrepresented groups to join the force. To support her work and to boost her skillset, Dawn was determined to learn more about the practicalities of coaching and mentoring.
A contact at Derby College Group (DCG) recommended the part-time ILM Level 5 course, which involved one evening lecture a fortnight. Dawn, who has an LLB Honours Degree in Law, said it involved a substantial amount of research and studying at home. She found it to be a lot of work but “a magical experience”.
As part of her studies she coached two police employees, who both gained promotion. She said the lectures and constructive feedback by tutor Lesley Jackson were superb.
Dawn said: "I wanted the course to be practical as well as theoretical and it was absolutely out of this world. I was learning so much. It was a goldmine of invaluable information which allowed me to find this nugget. I’ve now got the skills and endless opportunities. It’s a massive evolving area.
"My dad came over on the Windrush, from Jamaica. He was a hardworking man. He told us as children that, ‘if you stay in bed you would end up being poor’."
The world’s opened up for me now. I feel I’ve got lots to offer on a practical basis which could change someone’s life.”