Teaching Assistant Level 3
Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
- Understand the need to provide feedback to support and facilitate an appropriate level of independence.
- Comprehend appropriate levels of learning resources to identify and help address weakness, consolidate strengths and develop individualised expectations.
- Recognise different stages of child development through school, eg: transition between key stages.
- Develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning.
- Use appropriately varied vocabulary to ensure pupils’ understanding.
- Embed effective behaviour management strategies using discipline appropriately and fairly in line with the school’s policy.
- Deliver interventions in accordance with training given (RAG rating).
- Foster and encourage positive, effective, nurturing and safe learning environments inspiring pupils to take pride in and learn from their individual achievements.
- Recognise, adapt and respond to all pupils encompassing SEN/emotional vulnerabilities, for example, use Makaton, visual timetables.
- Work closely with teachers to ensure own contribution aligns with the teaching.
- Ensure regular communication with teachers to provide clarity and consistency of role within lessons.
- Deliver/lead small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters using initiative, sensitivity and understanding.
- Build appropriate relationships with colleagues, pupils, parents, adults and stakeholders.
- Comply with policy and procedures for sharing confidential information and know when and where to seek advice.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs.
English and Maths
Level 2 English and Maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.
The apprenticeship will typically take between 12 and 18 months to complete.
This is a level 3 Apprenticeship.