Supporting Teaching and Learning

This Apprenticeship is about providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren’t the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons.

They work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class. Some learning support staff specialise in areas like music or special needs.

An apprentice will work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Their duties will vary depending on how the teachers work, plan their lessons and handle day-to-day classroom activities. An apprentice could also supervise arts and crafts activities, help with outings, or reading to the class.

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. An apprentice could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. They will work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students. An advanced level teaching assistant apprenticeship is a good stepping-stone to a foundation degree or Higher Level Teaching Assistant training.

Example Job Roles for a Teaching Assistant apprentice

  • Teaching/classroom assistants
  • Learning support assistants
  • Special needs assistants
  • Additional needs assistants
  • Behaviour support assistants/coordinators
  • Pastoral/welfare support
  • Bilingual support assistants
  • Foundation stage assistants
  • Teaching assistants with exam invigilation responsibilities
  • Learning guides
  • Learning coaches

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