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Employers have helped to design these revised Apprenticeships to support the increasing demand for trained support staff in schools, attract new people to the sector, upskill the workforce and replace those who leave or retire. The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities.
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.
The duration of this apprenticeship is generally 18-24 months.
If you work or wish to work in schools supporting teaching and learning, then this course is for you. It is ideal for teaching assistants working under the direction of the teacher. This course will enable the learner to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in the school environment. It is suitable for both employed and voluntary teaching assistants.
You will be appointed an assessor and they will visit you in the workplace to carry out observations of your work. Throughout the course you will study and demonstrate an understanding of the following areas of the sector.
You will also study units on schools as organisations, team practice and supported learning activities.
If you have not yet achieved a grade C (or above) in GCSE English and maths, you will be required to attend GCSE resit sessions (if you achieved grade D) or functional skills sessions (if you achieved grade E or below).
Employers have helped to design these revised Apprenticeships to support the increasing demand for trained support staff in schools, attract new people to the sector, upskill the workforce and replace those who leave or retire. The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised.
The Intermediate Level Apprenticeship for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 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.
The duration of this apprenticeship is generally 12-18 months.
You will study a range of topics to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the following key areas within the teaching profession:
• Effective and Reflective Practice • Supporting Work in the Classroom (Practical) • Approaches to Psychology • Classroom Organisational Issues • Language and Literacy In the Primary Curriculum • Multi-Cultural Education • Special Educational Needs • Language Development • Education Studies. : Socio–Economic Factors In Educational Achievement • Education Studies : Issues in the Development of the UK Education system
Throughout the course you will also undertake a research project and also undertake units that focus on developing your academic, literacy and examination skills.
You will need access to a primary school setting in order to carry out observations and case studies for assignments.
The course is intended to meet the needs of learning support practitioners working in the lifelong learning sector.
You will need to obtain 24 credits from the mandatory units and 6 credits from the optional units.