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Location: The RoundHouse
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 student will also help to plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities.
It 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:
Develop wide-ranging skills and personal qualities to improve your career prospects in the education sector
Develop professional behaviours expected of Teaching Assistants
Earn while you learn, in a highly rewarding job
Gain a recognised qualification respected worldwide
Look forward to a brighter future: the majority of apprentices stay in employment and two thirds continue their career with the same employer
The apprentice must be over 16 years old and have:
An apprenticeship contract in a school or with another provider, working with children from Year 1 upwards but not adults.
Qualification entry requirements set by 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.
Additional training opportunity
Alongside the Apprenticeship Standard, Derby College Group will also 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 behaviours, skills and knowledge expectations of the apprenticeship standards.
Units covered include:
Understand child and young person development
Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Schools as organisations
Support children and young people’s health and safety
Support learning activities
Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
Support assessment for learning knowledge
Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
How will I be assessed?
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:
Sharing your portfolio of evidence
Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?
What can I do after this course?
Secure a permanent position as a Teaching Assistant in a school
Progress to a Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants, or a Foundation Degree specialising in one of the pathways (Teaching Assistant, Early Years, Children and Young People, or SEND)
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