Teaching Assistant

Course overview

Programme Level

Level 3


18 Months

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.

LAT Apprenticeships, Carnation Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME22SX

LAT Apprenticeships is a registered company, registration no. 12277706