Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Upskill your classroom support team

Equip your TAs with the knowledge and confidence to help every pupil reach their potential.

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What is the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship?

Our Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised, online and in-school programme that will provide your TAs with the pedagogy and expertise to best support the class teacher and raise pupil achievement – for little or no extra cost to your school.*

Develop highly skilled teaching assistants

Our Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship will help your staff to:

  • Better support pupils to access the curriculum and make good progress.

  • Gain confidence in supporting pupils with SEN, EAL or SEMH.

  • Understand how to actively support the class teacher.

  • Contribute to planning, class activities and team meetings.

  • Safeguard pupils in a positive and nurturing environment.

  • Gain a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification.

  • Develop in their role at no cost to them and little or no extra cost to your school.*

Train staff online and in-school

  • Apprentices will receive a 21-month blended programme of online and in-school training.

  • This will be followed by a 3-month End Point Assessment (EPA) period where an external assessment will be carried out and on successful completion their Level 6 apprenticeship can be awarded.

  • They’ll be assigned a personal pathway tutor who will provide face-to-face support, coaching and encouragement throughout their programme.

  • Apprentices will study theory and carry out practical tasks via our virtual learning environment and will dedicate 20% of their working week to off-the-job training.

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Pay little or no programme fees

  • Our Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship programme costs £5,000, but during the academic year 2021-22, apprenticeship levy paying schools won’t have to pay any course fees for apprentices*.

  • If you’re not a levy paying school, you’ll need to contribute 5% of the fees, which is £250 per apprentice.

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To join our programme your staff must:

  • Be employed as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or specialist support assistant in your school.

  • Be assigned an in-school mentor who will support them throughout their apprenticeship.

  • Have a minimum of functional skills level 2 in maths and English before starting their EPA. We offer training and additional tutor support for these tests to apprentices who do not have GCSE English and maths at grade C/4, at no extra cost.

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  • The Level 3 Apprenticeship with Tes has given me the chance to learn more skills and become much more confident as a TA. I’m now taking the lead in my year group for children with healthcare plans – this qualification is really helping my career. The school is showing that they believe in me by supporting me through the apprenticeship programme.

    Tara Wright, teaching assistant apprentice
    Pakeman Primary School, London

Interested in doing this apprenticeship yourself?

*More details on apprenticeship funding can be found on the DfE website.

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