This programme is for people who support teachers in schools, and who work largely unsupervised, contributing towards assessments and familiar with planning. It will enable you to obtain a nationally recognised qualification while you work.
What you will study
You will study the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the demands of a teaching assistant’s role. Part of this study will include achievement of a recognised qualification where you will achieve 11 mandatory units plus optional units to the value of 12 credits:
• Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
• Schools as organisations
• 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
• Engage in personal development in health, social care or children and young people’s settings
• Support children and young people's health and safety
• Understand child and young person development
• Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
We also offer additional learning in Makaton, Smart Board use, paediatric first aid and further safeguarding training.
Ongoing assessment will be made through e-portfolio. Sessions will be arranged with your assessor and support provided to support the collection of evidence. Observations will be part of your qualification. You will be assessed at the end of your apprenticeship by an Independent End Point Assessor. The End Point Assessment consists of a practical observation with questioning, and a professional discussion supported by your portfolio of evidence.
Suitable employment within a school AND GCSE A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in English Language and Maths or equivalent.
If you do not have the above qualifications on entry, we can assess you to complete functional skills alongside the diploma qualification.
This qualification will help you to develop your skills as a teaching assistant and recognise the skills you have already acquired in the workplace. It may assist you to progress to senior assistant roles, or eventually to gain Higher Level Teaching Assistant status. Although formal qualifications are not generally mandatory for teaching assistants, there is increasing competition for these posts and possession of City & Guilds certificates or diplomas will give you an advantage when applying for jobs.