We all know and understand how important our children’s education is, and we admire the tireless efforts of the teachers in our schools. But how about the tremendous supporting role that teaching assistants play in this? These individuals provide valuable support and back up which enhances the learning experience for our pupils.

When you undertake an apprenticeship in supporting teaching & learning in schools (STLS), you will learn all the underpinning KNOWLEDGE you need to do your job effectively, and you will develop the SKILLS and BEHAVIOURS needed to support the class teachers effectively and make a crucial contribution to the education of the next generation. You will also need to study maths & English at a level appropriate to your apprenticeship, but you may be exempt from these if you have existing qualifications with evidence in an acceptable format.

You will have a structured learning programme including both ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ activities, designed to cover everything you need to learn. Your VTS tutor will meet with you regularly to guide you through your learning and this will be complemented by support from your employer. You will build a portfolio of evidence which will include work you have completed, professional discussion records and observations by your tutor, and you will have plenty of opportunity to put into practice the new skills you are learning. Your progress will be reviewed regularly and both you and your employer will be involved in this process.

In order to achieve your apprenticeship, you will need to complete all the mandatory elements.

It is important that you study at a level which is right for you, so before you enrol we will gather information from you regarding your existing qualifications, past industry experience and job role, and ask you to complete a basic maths & English assessment. Your tutor will then be able to discuss with you and your employer which is the right level for you to study.

Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

The level 2 STLS framework is suitable for people who are relatively new to the role and work mainly under the supervision of the class teacher. Job roles could include – Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant

Mandatory Elements:

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

Employment Responsibilities & Rights

Maths – GCSE minimum grade E or functional skills level 1

English – GCSE minimum grade E or functional skills level 2

ICT -       GCSE minimum grade E or functional skills level 1

Typical duration: 12 months

Apprenticeship funding band value £2000

Level 3 Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

The level 3 STLS framework is suitable as a natural progression from the level 2. Individuals may work independently with groups of children or in a specialist support role. Job roles could include – Teaching Assistant, Behavioural Support Assistant

Mandatory Elements:

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools

Employment Responsibilities & Rights

Maths – GCSE minimum grade C or functional skills level 2

English – GCSE minimum grade C or functional skills level 2

ICT -       GCSE minimum grade C or functional skills level 2

Typical duration: 18 months

Apprenticeship funding band value £2500

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