Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprenticeship: Employer Guide

Why take on a Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprentice?

Appropriately trained and deployed staff, supporting teaching and learning in schools, play a crucial role in supporting pupils, parents and colleagues.

However, as the number of learning support staff within schools continues to rise, there is an increasing demand for a well trained and highly skilled workforce. Apprenticeships present an ideal opportunity to attract potential recruits and will help schools in succession planning. In December 2010 Ofsted in their report “Developing Leadership: National Support Schools” identify that; “Developing the leadership skills of support staff increased the schools’ capacity to improve. The common principle was that the development of support staff was linked explicitly to improving outcomes for pupils.”

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element. At every level the apprentice will study maths, ICT and English.

Apprenticeship Supporting Teaching and Learning:

This programme is designed for learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised. They will be working under the direction of the class teacher whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework within which the individual works. Apprentices will work towards their Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning and Teaching in Schools. Modules include:

  • Child and young person development
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Helping to improve your own and team practice in schools
  • Maintaining and supporting relationships with children and young people
  • Supporting learning activities

Advanced Apprenticeship Supporting Teaching and Learning:

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship is designed for learning support staff with a working role which requires competence in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. They will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of, pupils. Apprentices will achieve their Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. Topics include:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Engaging in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Supporting assessment for learning
  • Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour

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