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Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard

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.  

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Teacher Training, Coaching and Mentoring
Apprenticeships
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/level-3-teaching-assistant-apprenticeship-standard
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Course Information for Students

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.

The apprenticeship 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.

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

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.

This course will be delivered in the workplace and on-site.

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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 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.

End-point Assessment

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:

  • Observation
  • Professional discussion
  • Sharing your portfolio of evidence
  • 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)

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

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, DCG 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 to become occupationally competent in their role:

Knowledge

  • Understand how pupils learn and develop (STL3C5 and STL3C7 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Technology: recognise the importance of using technology to aid learning (STL3C9 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning (STLC310 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Curriculum: appropriate knowledge of the curriculum and context they are working in (STL3C7 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Keeping children safe in education (STL3C2 and STL3C3 in Level 3 certificate)

Skills

  • Developing strategies for support (STL3C6 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Communication and teamwork (STL3C1, STL3C3 and STL3C4 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Working with teachers to accurately assess (STL3C7 and STL3C10 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Using technology (STL3C9 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils (STL3C6 and STL3C7 in Level 3 certificate)

Behaviours

  • Building relationships/embracing change (STL3C1 and STL3C4 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Adding Value to Education (STL3C10 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (STL3C1 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Professional standards and personal accountability (STL3C4 and STL3C11 in Level 3 certificate)
  • Team working, collaboration and engagement (STL3C1 and STL3C4 in Level 3 certificate)

The apprentice will attend weekly learning sessions to develop skills, professional behaviours and knowledge which are essential for an excellent teaching assistant to become occupationally competent in their role. Alongside this professional standard, they can also work towards achieving a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning and will complete a range of theory-based and practical tasks during their programme of learning which evidence the Apprenticeship Standard. 

The course will enhance apprentices’ skills in supporting children or young people’s learning in school or colleges.  It also develops their responsibilities so that they can work independently with groups of children and/or equips them for supporting the learning of pupils with special educational needs.  Your apprentice will also help to plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities.

Standards are occupation-focused and not qualification-led: they were developed in response to the needs of employers in the sector to raise the standard of apprentices.  This means that the standards are related to what is needed in the workforce so apprentices can become qualified in that future role.

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 to Year 13.
  • 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.

Apprentices who have not achieved English or Maths will be required to achieve Functional Skills at Level 2.  The length of study will be extended to enable apprentices to build their academic skills to exit as Level 3.  This will be agreed on a bespoke basis with you. 

Apprenticeship contracts must be for a minimum of 16 hours a week.  However, if the contracted hours are less than 30, the length of time to achieve will be extended to enable sufficient workplace learning.

  • An Apprenticeship Teaching Assistant role enabling the apprentice to support teaching and learning in a school or college environment.  Over time, the role must provide the apprentice with the opportunity to evidence the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours detailed in the Standard.
  • Allocation of a mentor to support the apprentice’s training and development in school.  Your apprentice must be employed for a minimum of 22 months.

Apprentices are entitled to 20% paid off-job-training, which must be carried out within working hours. The off-job-training requirement is designed to provide dedicated learning time for apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for an excellent teaching assistant.

Your apprentice will be required to attend weekly learning sessions at College on a Monday afternoon from 2pm.  If studying Functional Skills, they will need to attend a weekly session for English and Maths, held on a Thursday. The apprenticeship assessor will review your apprentice’s progress with you every ten weeks and supply progress reports and agreed targets to ensure their success.

  • Demonstrate building relationships/embracing change
  • Demonstrate adding value to education
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrate professional standards and accountability
  • Demonstrate teamwork, collaboration and engagement with other professionals

Approved Level 2 in English and Maths (GCSE/Functional Skills). 

There is an option to add on the NCFE CACHE Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. However, this is not a requirement of the Standard.

End-point Assessment (EPA):

In order to evidence the Apprenticeship Standards and become an outstanding teaching assistant, your apprentice must take an end-point assessment for the Apprenticeship Standards (conducted by an external end-point assessment centre). The EPA involves:

•             Observation with question and answers

•             Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence the apprentice has gathered with support from their assessor and mentor

Apprentices will be prepared for the EPA via formative and mock observations and professional discussions. Your apprentice will also be supported, by yourselves and the College, to gather a portfolio of evidence which shows they have achieved the standards. As the employer, you will decide – with support from the assessor – when your apprentice is ready to take their EPA.

Functional Skills qualifications are achieved through examinations.

The Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is assessed using a variety of techniques, including written work, question and answer, wall displays, reflective learning journals, individual and group presentations, professional discussions and observation of practice in the classroom.  Apprentices build an electronic portfolio of evidence during the course, using OneFile.

Yes, once a week, as part of their off-the-job training.  Your apprentice will study in College for one afternoon per week, on a Monday, from 14.00-17.00

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  • Secure a permanent position as an occupationally competent 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)
  • Take the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (post-14)

As well as ensuring full competency as a teaching assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Teaching Assistants

£15050

Teaching Assistants

Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.

£19024

Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.

Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals

£29956

Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professionals

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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Course Information Last Updated On: November 4, 2021 11:04 am