Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship

12+ months

This Apprenticeship is designed with those working as Teaching Assistants in mind. Apprentices will be working under the direction of the class teacher whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework within which the individuals work. A really rewarding job.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a mix of real work and learning. Apprentices earn a wage and gain experience whilst working towards a number of qualifications. An Apprenticeship follows a Level 2 programme and can lead onto an Advanced Apprenticeship which is a Level 3 programme.

Example Job Roles as an Apprentice

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Needs Teaching Assistant
  • Behaviour Support Assistant/Coordinator

The way to do an Apprenticeship

Start in a full-time job, (or minimum 30 hours per week) with an employer who will allow day release at College if required. The number of release hours will depend on the Apprenticeship. If you’re currently employed but not working towards qualifications, speak to your employer about converting to an Apprenticeship and ask them to contact us.

Programme Requirements

There are no set entry requirements for the programme, but we have to make sure that the Apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the Apprenticeship qualification, and that they are working at the right level in their job role.

It is a requirement to complete an initial assessment in English and Maths, and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments.


A Level 2 Apprenticeship programme will take 12 months to complete, and a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship takes approximately 18- 24 months.

Apprenticeship Framework

There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the framework. Each Apprenticeship framework has three main strands:

  • Level 2 Certificate or a Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Skills, Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT L 1 or 2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

The three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job, these are broken down as follows:


A portfolio of evidence, which will contain detailed assessment reports from the assessor/tutor.

There are external tests for the Skills elements.

What can an apprentice do next?

  • Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Higher Education

For more information, please contact:


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