This apprenticeship enables students to develop and enhance their skills in supporting children or young people’s learning in school and to develop their responsibilities so that they can work independently with groups of children. It can also equip them to support the learning of pupils with special educational needs. The apprentice will help to plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities.
The apprenticeship is an excellent stepping stone to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course, Foundation Degree or higher level training.
What are the benefits?
The apprentice must be over 16 years old and have:
Alongside the Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning, the apprentice will study Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (if they have not already achieved these 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 the apprentice better in the role and more employable.
The apprentice will also achieve an Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification (if they have not already achieved this at their point of entry) 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 Monday 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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PE teacher Leah Kellogg is pleased to be back at the school where she first worked as a teaching assistant seven years ago.
Leah was among six TA apprentices who took part in a pilot programme run by Bemrose School and Derby College in 2011 – and the experience convinced her to go into teaching.
As someone who loves sport, Leah specialised in supporting students with PE activities, and after her apprenticeship, went on to the University of Derby to train as a teacher.
Leah, whose sister is Olympic badminton player Donna Kellogg, plays a lot of sport outside school.
She keeps goal for Derby County FC and is also an all-rounder with Derbyshire County Cricket team.
She added: "It's tiring sometimes going out to train when I get home from school but playing for both teams helps in my job. The students seem to like that I play cricket and football for the county. They can see for themselves that if you work hard at your sport you can achieve that level."
I enjoyed my TA placement and found that it really helped me prepare for university. I liked that the course was interactive and very hands-on. I much prefer being active rather than stuck in a classroom.
The lecturers at Derby College were very helpful and regularly came out to Bemrose to watch us give our classes.