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 they can work independently with groups of children and/or equips them for supporting 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.
This programme is an excellent stepping stone to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course, Foundation Degree or higher level training. It also develops professional behaviours which are essential in the workforce.
What are the benefits:
The apprentice must be over 16 years old and have:
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.
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 also be assessed through this range of methods. Your Functional Skills qualifications, if needed, 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 if you do not already hold GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above.
In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding Teaching Assistant, you must achieve the End-point Assessment for the Apprenticeship Standards (conducted by an external End-point Assessment Centre). This involves:
Derby College student Bethany Heyman never expected to get her first job as a teaching assistant at the first attempt.
Bethany, who is due to gain her Level 3 Teaching and Learning Assistant qualification in the next few weeks, applied for her newrole at a local primary school purely for the interview practice.
She knew she was up against applicants with much more experience and didn't think for one minute that she would be offered the job. But Bethany, who had been on a TA placement at another school, was successful and starts her new role at Howitt Primary School in Heanor after Easter.
Bethany, who is 26 and from Smalley, previously worked as a beauty therapist but decided on a change of career after having her daughter, who is now eight.
She wanted a job with hours which fitted in with being a mum, and she had always fancied working in a school.
Being a TA is very rewarding. I Iove seeing the progress the children have made and knowing that I've had some input in getting them to that stage. My hours of work are also much better now and It's lovely having more time to spend with my daughter.
I'm really grateful to my Derby College tutors for their knowledge and for all the support they've given me. I'd definitely recommend the course.