Chelmsford College

Apprenticeship | Teaching Assistant Level 3

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Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

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Study Overview

Knowledge and Skills: Teaching Assistants will learn to understand how pupils learn and develop by comprehending the appropriate levels of learning resources to identify and help weakness as well as consolidate strengths and develop individualised expectations. They will also recognise the importance of using appropriate technology to support learning and work with other teachers to understand and support assessment for learning. They will need to have an appropriate knowledge of the curriculum and context that they are working in. An important aspect of the role will be learning how to keep children safe in education through policies such as safeguarding and Prevent. As an apprentice they will develop the skills in; developing strategies for support, communication and teamwork, working with teachers to accurately assess, using technology, problem solving and ability to motivate pupils.

Expectations: A Teaching Assistant will be expected to:

  • Build relationships and embrace change
  • Add value to education
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrate profession relationships in line with the staff handbook
  • Be diplomatic, a positive role model and maintain confidentiality
  • Work collaboratively in a team
  • Engage professionally as appropriate with outside professionals

Progression and Employment Opportunities

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

Course Details

Attendance: AP

Duration: 18 months


Day release local to workplace

Level: Advanced (Level Three)

Start Date: September 2021

Entry Requirements:

3 or more GCSEs including English, Maths and Science 9 - 4 or equivalent grade and a clear fully enhanced DBS check.

Method of Assessment

The end point assessment will begin with a practical observation that will be carried out over 2 hours, followed by a 15 minute Q&A at the end of each observation. The observation will reflect typical working conditions and allow the apprentice to demonstrate all aspects of the standard being assessed whilst taking a synoptic approach to assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviours as defined in the standard. The next aspect is a professional discussion that will be supported by the portfolio of evidence you have gathered throughout your apprenticeship. This discussion will last for a duration of 90 minutes and will be a structured conversation between the apprentice and independent assessor to establish the apprentice’s understanding and application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Fees payable annually unless stated

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