Supporting Teaching and Learning in School
The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for individuals who wish to start a career in the education sector. Completion of this apprenticeship can lead to a range of progression routes and employment opportunities within the education sector and beyond.
Who is this apprenticeship suitable for?
This apprenticeship is suitable for anyone who is interested in working with children and young people within an educational setting. Some of the job roles that this apprenticeship can lead to include:
- Teaching assistant
- Learning support assistant
- Special educational needs (SEN) assistant
- Behaviour support assistant
- Cover supervisor
Employment opportunities are available in various educational settings, including primary, secondary, and special needs schools, as well as nurseries and pre-schools.
The typical duration of the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship is usually around 12-18 months.
Skills and Knowledge Development
Throughout the apprenticeship, candidates will develop a range of skills and knowledge, including:
- Supporting the teacher in planning and preparing for lessons
- Creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive, and stimulating learning environment
- Understanding the development of children and young people
- Supporting the assessment of pupils' progress
- Developing positive relationships with pupils, parents, and colleagues
- Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the teaching assistant within the school setting
End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment (EPA) for the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship consists of a knowledge test and a practical observation in the workplace. The EPA is conducted by an independent assessor appointed by the End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).
Accreditation and Qualifications
Successful completion of the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship will lead to a Level 3 qualification, which is a Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. The awarding organisation for this apprenticeship is CACHE.
Off the Job Training
During the apprenticeship, candidates will spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training. This can include classroom-based learning, e-learning, and practical training in the workplace.
Completion of the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship can open up a range of progression routes and employment opportunities within the education sector and beyond. Some of the potential progression routes include:
- Advanced and higher-level apprenticeships in education, such as the Higher Level Teaching Assistant apprenticeship or the Early Years Educator apprenticeship
- Further study at a higher education institution, such as a degree in Education, Childhood Studies, or Special Educational Needs
- Pursuing a career as a teacher or education professional, such as a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)
- Working in a range of educational settings, such as primary, secondary, and special needs schools, as well as nurseries and pre-schools
- Starting a business or working as a freelance tutor or education consultant.
The entry requirements for the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship may vary depending on the employer and training provider. Generally, employers are looking for candidates who have a passion for working with children and young people, possess good communication and interpersonal skills, and are willing to learn and develop their skills further. Basic qualifications in English and Maths may also be required.
The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship is a level 3 apprenticeship standard that typically takes 18-24 months to complete. The apprenticeship is designed for individuals who are looking to work in a teaching support role within a school or educational setting. It is suitable for those who have some experience of working with children, or who are just starting out in their career in education.
The apprenticeship covers a range of skills and knowledge required to support the teaching and learning of children and young people in schools. This includes communication and professional relationships, child development, supporting learning activities, safeguarding and welfare, and team working. The apprenticeship also includes a focus on developing practical skills through on-the-job training, and the completion of a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competence.
The internal qualification for the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship is the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Apprentices will also need to complete 20% off-the-job training, which can include attending college or other training sessions, shadowing experienced colleagues, or completing e-learning modules.
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, individuals can progress to a range of job roles within schools or educational settings, such as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, or special educational needs assistant. Alternatively, individuals may choose to progress onto further education and training, such as a level 4 apprenticeship, a foundation degree, or a degree in education.
The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship standard was developed by a range of employers and industry experts, and is approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.