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:
• 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’s 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 well being of children and young people
We also offer additional learning in Makaton, Smart Board use, paediatric first aid and further safeguarding training.
Functional Skills in English and maths:
These are key elements of your apprenticeship and are essential to the role of a teaching assistant. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects you will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate levels. Maths and English skills will support your apprenticeship programme, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, communication, and problem solving, to mention just a few.
Most employers look for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.
Completion of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours, including the qualification and functional skills, will lead to End Point Assessment. This consists of a practical observation with questioning, and a professional discussion supported by your portfolio of evidence, which will be carried out by an Independent End Point Assessor from NCFE.
Suitable employment within a school AND certificate evidence of English and maths at level 2 or GCSE grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4). If you do not have these, we can support the development of your English and maths skills through completion of Functional Skills in the relevant subject and one-to-one support.