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What is an Apprenticeship in Teaching Support?

An Apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant offers a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience in today's classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons. There are clear progression pathways and you will earn a salary and all of the perks of working. This Apprenticeship is aimed at those who wish to "make a difference".  Teaching assistants work with teachers, undertake lesson preparation and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class.

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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant offers a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience in today's classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons. There are clear progression pathways and you will earn a salary and all of the perks of working. This Apprenticeship is aimed at those who wish to "make a difference".  Teaching assistants work with teachers, undertake lesson preparation and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class.

If you enjoy working with children and would like to play a part in their education and wellbeing, a job as a teaching assistant could be ideal for you. You will need to be smart, well presented and have a creative imagination. As an Apprentice you will be paid a training salary by your employer. Although there are no specific entry requirements, GCSE's in Maths and English would be an advantage, but whatever your GCSE's, we will design an Apprenticeship to suit your needs.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Support teachers and help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom
  • Your exact job will depend on the school and the age of the children

Your experience may include:

  • Getting the classroom ready for lessons
  • Listening to children read, reading to them or telling them stories
  • Helping teachers to plan learning activities and complete records 
  • Supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
  • Helping children who need extra support to complete tasks
  • Supervising group activities
  • Clearing away materials and equipment after lessons
  • Maintaining communication and professional relationships
  • Helping with outings and sporting events
  • Certificate in Support Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2
  • Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning Schools Level 3
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Functional skills in maths, English and ICT
  • Assistance in securing a job with great career prospects
  • Day release to develop your skills and knowledge
  • Functional Maths, English and ICT workshops
  • A personal Training Advisor to guide and support you throughout your Apprenticeship
  • Regular progress reviews to track your learning and move you forward
  • A workplace mentor for extra support at work

An intermediate apprenticeship (level2) takes an average of 12-14 months. Following Level 2, the Advanced Level Apprenticeships at Level 3 adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You will work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students. It is a good stepping stone to a foundation degree or Higher Level Assistant training

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