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EARLY YEARS & EDUCATION

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TEACHING ASSISTANT

Level 3

Teaching Assistants support teachers and help children with reading, writing and learning activities. Working in a school can be rewarding and fun and can offer the opportunity to make a difference in students’ learning. Some teaching assistants (TAs) also progress their careers by training as teachers.

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course summary

As a Teaching Assistant, you will support the class teacher to enhance students’ progress and development either in groups or individually, ensuring that students understand their work, know their learning objectives, and display positive learning behaviours to make progress. You will deliver individual and small group teaching and apply a range of strategies to support students of different abilities under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher and you may support students with special educational needs and disabilities or with social, emotional, and mental health vulnerabilities.

In your daily work you will be required to interact with all students. This includes but is not limited to high attaining, SEND, EAL, and disadvantaged students and will work in partnership with teachers and other professionals within the school and education system, as well as with students’ parents or carers.

Job roles are varied, teaching assistants may work in primary, secondary, special schools, alternative provision, and further education institutions such as sixth forms and colleges. Teaching Assistants work across all age ranges, supporting all learners.

We offer a structured training programme for those in employment who want to learn, and we work with employers to recruit apprentices seeking an apprenticeship placement.

The programme typically lasts 18 months plus 3 months for End Point Assessment for those working 30+ hours a week.

What does the apprenticeship involve?

You will be taken through the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be a Teaching Assistant which include:

how will i be assessed?

There is a variety of assessment methods, you will be expected to complete:

  • Observations of practice
  • Reflective Accounts
  • Written assignments/tasks
  • Evidence gathering
  • Presentations
  • Guided discussions
  • Witness testimony

Once you have achieved your Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard and functional skills, if required, you will be assessed through an end-point assessment which will include two distinct components:

  • An observation with questions;
  • A professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.

20% of the training will be delivered off the job and this can include simulation, online learning or training from employers, shadowing, mentoring, industry visits, and support in writing assignments.