Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by supporting pupils, parents and colleagues to ensure students get the most out of their lessons. This Apprenticeship gives you an opportunity to work with children and young people while also working alongside teachers to carry out duties like lesson preparation and work with small groups or individual children. Your duties will vary depending on the teachers you work with – you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class.
Mandatory units include:
- Child and young person development
- Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children / young people
- Help improve own and team practice in schools
- Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
- Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
- Support learning activities
You will be based in the workplace with your employer and complete 20% off-the-job training where you will learn from industry experienced tutors. There will be some college attendance required. You will also be kept on track in the workplace with a Preston’s College Work Based Tutor.
Assessment will be through a range of methods including:
- Course work
- Oral questioning
- Portfolio of evidence
- Practical demonstrations
Following Level 2 you may be able to progress on to the Level 3 programme. After Level 3 you can apply for entry to Higher Education courses to improve your employment opportunities as a Teaching Assistant. This qualification is relevant to a career as a teaching assistant roles where you could specialise in learning support or special needs.
All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment (Maths & English), interview and employment in the industry. To work in this industry you will need a DBS (disclosure and barring service) check.