This apprenticeship enables you to develop your skills in supporting children's or young people’s learning in school and to take on additional responsibilities so that you can work independently from the teacher and with groups of children. You will also help to plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities.
It is an excellent stepping stone to a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course, Foundation Degree or higher level training.
What are the benefits?
You must be over 16 years old and have:
Alongside the Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning, you will study Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (if you do not have these qualifications - or the equivalent - at point of entry).
Increasingly, schools are seeking support staff who can competently support children with the development of English and maths and who are confident in using ICT applications. Achieving recognised qualifications will therefore make you more employable.
You will also achieve an Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification (if you have not already achieved this at point of entry) and there is a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills element to the apprenticeship.
You will be assessed through a range of written tasks, professional discussions, observations of your skills and practice in school, reflective practice and professional and personal development plans. Your Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed through examinations.
You will attend a weekly learning session and other learning time is organised on a flexible basis to accommodate your employer’s needs and your own needs. You will, however, normally be required to attend College to achieve the Functional Skills qualifications.
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Part-time postgraduate student Louise Rae Allen says Derby College helped her land the teaching job she longed for from childhood.
Psychology graduate Louise, 29, from Ambergate, was taken on by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne while she works towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Louise, who has dreamed of being a teacher from the age of 11, switched direction after working for five years as a careers co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth.
She chose the course because it gave her the flexibility to study part-time, while continuing to work, and because of the strong reputation of its tutors. In 2016, the college achieved an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating for PGCE provision.
Louise is completing a two year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post 14 in Compulsory Education.
She said: "I'm sure I wouldn't have been taken on as a teacher without taking the course.
"The college tutors are excellent, the quality of their teaching and feedback is always of a high standard. The sessions they deliver are intellectually challenging, interesting and engaging.
"A lot of us work full-time, and the tutors are flexible and supportive. They really go the extra mile."