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TEACHING ASSISTANT (LEVEL 3)

DURATION (EXCL EPA)

15 Months (£5000)

 

EPA DURATION

3 Months

 

START DATE

September

 

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship standard is for anyone who has an interest in working with children in Primary, Special and Secondary education. This will be across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.

 

The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

Your role will include:

  • Supporting pupils to access the curriculum to contribute to improved pupil progress and development
  • Working with teachers to understand, plan and support assessment for learning
  • Promoting Fundamental British Values and model positive behaviours
  • Keeping children safe in education by following policies and procedures
  • Promote self-belief, social inclusion and high self-esteem play an integral part in pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
  • Following instructions and working as part of a wider team
  • Build appropriate relationships with colleagues, pupils, parents, adults and stakeholders.

Programme Overview

As part of the Programme, you will be required to develop Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the below areas within your organisation:

  • Understand the need to provide feedback to support and facilitate an appropriate level of independence.
  • Comprehend appropriate levels of learning resources to identify and help address weaknesses, consolidate strengths and develop individualised expectations.
  • Recognise different stages of child development through school, eg: transition between key stages.
  • Understand the need to accurately observe, record and report on pupils’ participation, conceptual understanding and progress to improve practice and assessment for different groups of pupils.
  • Understand the school’s assessment procedures for benchmarking against targets set by the class teacher
  • Develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning.
  • Use appropriately varied vocabulary to ensure pupils’ understanding.
  • Embed effective behaviour management strategies using discipline appropriately and fairly in line with the school’s policy.
  • Deliver/lead small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters using initiative, sensitivity and understanding.
  • Use a range of strategies including scaffolding and open questioning skills to enable pupils to access and engage in learning.
  • Recognise the difference between pastoral and academic issues and model good behaviour for learning.

Course Delivery

The course delivery will typically be completed over a 15-month period, which will include fortnightly knowledge delivery through face-to-face sessions or remote

 

The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 2 occasions to identify the standards of competence are being met.

There will also be recorded professional discussions covering competence towards the standard.

 

The tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 10-12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employer’s presence. All work will be stored on an electronic portfolio ready to be submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation.

 

At the end of the 15th month, the learner will have a final assessment with an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). Revision and mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.

End Point Assessment

As part of the Apprenticeship Standard, you will be required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your programme with an external Independent Assessor (EPAO).

Throughout the programme, your tutor will prepare you for the End Point Assessment and complete mock assessments prior to your final assessment.

 

The following elements will be completed during the End Point Assessment for the Teaching Assistant Standard:

  • Practical observation with questions & answers
  • Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.

 

At the end of the final assessment, the below grades will be awarded by the EPAO:

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Distinction

Qualifications

As part of the Teaching Assistant Standard you will be achieving the following qualifications:

  • Apprenticeship Standard Certificate for Teaching Assistant
  • Functional Skills Maths (Level 2)*
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2)*

 

*Will be achieved if relevant qualification not already held prior to the Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths.

 

Where a learner does not hold an equivalent to or GSCE grade 4 (C) or above, you will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End Point assessment.