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:
Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September.
Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield.
This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College.
She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."
The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.