Teaching Assistants work in primary, special and secondary education across all age ranges, and their work encompasses helping those with special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.
Their primary role is to support the class teacher in enhancing pupils' learning - either in groups or individually. Teaching Assistants ensure pupils understand the work they've been set, know their learning objectives and stay on track to make progress.
The promotion of self-belief in pupils, and the encouragement of social inclusion and self-esteem, are also important aspects of Teaching Assistant roles.
During your apprenticeship you'll be required to show the knowledge you've gained in areas such as:
- Health & safety
- Professional relationships
- Schools as organisations
- Behaviour management
- Improving practice
- Equality & diversity
Typically you might need 5 GCSEs - including Maths & English - at grade 4 (C) or above to join the programme.
Some employers may accept other relevant qualifications and experience.
If you don’t have Level 2 English & Maths, you'll need to study Functional Skills alongisde your apprenticeship.
The programme provides a foundation for potential progression onto career paths in the educational sector including Higher-Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.