Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprenticeship: Student Guide

Now is a great time to think about becoming an apprentice. There are more opportunities than ever for those looking to work in support roles within school settings. If you want to work in a school supporting classroom as well as general school activities, apprenticeships in this area can lead to secure employment upon completion. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons and organise day-to-day classroom activities. Your main role will be supporting children and young people to develop their skills across the curriculum – however, you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class.

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.

Intermediate Apprenticeship This course covers the principles of education and how children learn. You will work towards your Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. You will understand safeguarding, contributing to the health and well-being of pupils and the law and health and safety. You’ll also gain skills in teamwork and one-to-one support. You will learn how to support literacy and numeracy activities in the classroom, help with classroom resources and records.

Advanced Apprenticeship The advanced level apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. Working towards your Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools, you could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You’ll work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students. It’s a good stepping stone to a foundation degree or higher level teaching assistant training.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? 

You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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