This new Apprenticeship Standard enables students to develop skills, professional behaviours and knowledge which are essential for an excellent Teaching Assistant.
The course will enhance apprentices’ skills in supporting children or young people’s learning in schools or colleges. It also develops their responsibilities so that they can work independently with groups of children and/or equips them to support the learning of pupils with special educational needs. The apprentice will also help to plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities.
The programme 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 an apprenticeship contract in a school or other provider, working with children from Year 1 upwards.
Qualification entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers: typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved five GCSEs, including Maths and English, at grade 4/5. Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
Alongside the Apprenticeship Standard for Teaching Assistants, the apprentice will study Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths (if these have not already been achieved at point of entry).
The Maths and English Functional Skills must be achieved prior to the End Point Assessment.
Alongside the Apprenticeship Standard, Derby College will offer the opportunity for apprentices to complete the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning. This is made up of 11 units which will embed the apprenticeship standard's behaviours, skills and knowledge expectations.
Units covered include:
You will be formatively assessed through a range of written tasks, presentations, developmental professional discussions, developmental observations of your skills and practice in school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans.
If you undertake a Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification as part of your apprenticeship, you will be assessed through this range of methods. 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.
End Point Assessment
In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standard and become an outstanding Teaching Assistant you must achieve the End Point Assessment (conducted by an external End Point Assessment Centre). The End Point Assessment involves:
Going to university simply wasn't an option when teaching assistant Caroline Keeton left school in the 1980s. But, more than 30 years on, the 51-year-old mum of two is about to start a top up degree course after completing a foundation degree in Children's and Young People's Services with Derby College. Caroline, who left school at 16 with just a handful of CSEs, discovered her interest in learning when she began work as a TA and took a course in childcare. Encouraged by how well she took to studying, she enrolled on a level 4 diploma at Derby College and a PTLS Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. Caroline – whose two adult daughters both studied for their A levels at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre – now plans to use her degree to enhance her current role at a Long Eaton primary School. Rather than train to be a teacher after graduation she wants to become more involved in educational research projects within the existing TA job she loves. Going to Derby College has given Caroline the self-belief she needed to go on to higher education.
She added: "Caroline Friel, our lecturer, played a major part in my decision, and that of other students on my course, to go on and get a degree.