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Teaching Assistant

Course overview

Programme Level

Level 3


18 Months + EPA

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Maths and English.

Training type e.g block, release days, or at work address

Average 20% across the year with a combination of work-place assessment and day release


The Teaching Assistant apprenticeship route allows learners to work in schools and academies supporting the work of teaching and non-teaching staff to deliver the very best education possible for all students. Teaching Assistants work in organisations associated within the Education Sector that are predominantly involved in supporting young people with a range of Special Educational Needs.


• Ability to communicate and interact with children and young people

• Awareness of the need to act as a role model and ability to deal with a range of situations in a mature and sensitive manner

• Ability to work with groups of children and keep them on task and motivated

• Awareness of sensitive information and the need for confidentiality

• Ability to work as a member of a team and follow the teacher’s directions

• Ability to demonstrate respect for children and young people and be able to listen to their views

• Willingness and motivation to develop own skills and undertake training


Typically 18 months - timescales may vary depending on occupational role and/or prior relevant qualifications / experience and Assessment of Prior Learning and Knowledge (APL/K) opportunities. This will consist of 20% offsite learning, which will take place during term time at sites across the Leigh Academies Trust.


  • Provide appropriate levels of individual attention, reassurance and help for student(s) needs as identified in Individual Education Plans or Educational Health Care Plans.

  • Support the specific needs of specified students - physical, emotional and/or behavioural

  • Support student(s) access to the curriculum, their learning in particular lessons and their progress towards specific individual targets

  • Ensure that teachers are aware of the specific learning needs of identified students

  • Support students in working independently in the company of others

  • To deliver as directed by the SENCO, one-to-one student programmes for Literacy and Numeracy, SPAG, handwriting, speech and language

  • Provide information advice and direction to students about their behaviour within the agreed framework of academy policies on discipline and behaviour

  • Assist student(s) access to the curriculum by differentiating instructions and resources

  • Support the maintenance of student records by providing information to the teacher/ SENCO and recording, in accordance with school and Faculties policy, the work of student

  • Provide praise and encouragement to students to recognise and promote positive student behaviour in accordance with school rewards system and behaviour policies

  • Report uncharacteristic student behaviour patterns and Child Protection concerns about an individual student and incidents of inappropriate behaviour to the Designated Safeguard Lead within the academy/school.

  • Attend internal meetings, including meetings of the Faculty/Student Support Faculty.

  • Provide information to support student progress including information for student records, reports, Individual Education Plans and annual reviews

  • Provide an appropriate level of assistance to enable students to experience a sense of achievement, maintain self-esteem and self-confidence and encourage self-help skills

  • Use appropriate strategies for challenging and motivating students to learn


Off-site learning will take place at sites across Leigh Academies Trust.


I have been very inspired by the teaching sessions I have attended so far on the level 3 apprenticeship.  The tutors have been very knowledgeable and informative.  They have shown how passionate they are about the field that they work in and have shared some very valuable information and guidance with me.  They have made me feel more confident in my role and have given me more tools to grow within my area.  They were very engaging and adapted the session very well to accommodate the current climate.  They managed to make the sessions fun and interactive and I have gained some valuable skills from each and everyone of them. 


The course has been very helpful in deepening and cementing my existing knowledge of my role within a primary setting.  It has also gained me knowledge in SEN and secondary of which I had no knowledge or access to before. It has given me confidence within my role and opened many new opportunities for career progression within my existing role. 


I would highly recommend LAT apprenticeships to anyone looking to gain a qualification.  The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and go above and beyond to assist you in any area you should need it.  It is enjoyable and fun and you gain a valuable qualification at the end of it. The knowledge and skills I have gained have been so valuable to my role and have made me grow tremendously in confidence.


My training with LAT apprenticeship has been invaluable to my progression within my career. By providing me with the opportunity of gaining experience and knowledge from professionals within their field, this has deepened my knowledge and helped me gain new skills in areas of education  that I wouldn't have previously had access to


Although I’m undertaking this Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Course under the unusual circumstances of a global pandemic, the lesson content, quality and range of subjects is of a high quality, and very interesting. The independent learning which has been set has also furthered my knowledge.


After starting my apprenticeship within the trust I have found my online sessions engaging and eye-opening. This course has helped build my confidence within my workplace and has made me able to be able to do what I love the most which is helping the future generation achieve their goals. I would recommend the apprenticeship as it is amazing to learn on the job and be able to talk to a variety of experienced people and everyone I have worked with/spoke to within the apprenticeship has been kind and extremely helpful.


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