18 months (£5000)
Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education 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. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
Whilst the delivery of training and some of the content will be tailored to employer’s needs, there are key elements that must be covered throughout.:
Learners will also be required to Achieve Maths, English Level 2. ICT is embedded throughout the programme.
The course will typically be completed over an 18-month period, which will include Face-to-Face knowledge sessions delivered twice a month. The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 3 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 12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employers 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 18th month, the learner will have a final assessment with and End Point Assessment organisation. Revision and Mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.
Learners will need to evidence 20% off the job hours using teaching sessions, shadowing in the workplace, time spent writing tasks; Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship.
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 and if they are starting the course without a GSCE grade 4 (C) or above they will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths before completion of the apprenticeship.
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.