Supported Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship has been designed to support the improvement of teaching and learning in schools. Objectives include attracting more applications into Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, providing a standardised programme of learning and development, including transferable skills which apply across the schools' workforce and that of the children's workforce in the wider context. The Apprenticeship develops problem solving, communication, literacy and numeracy and team working skills which are vital to the sector.

The Apprenticeship at Intermediate Level is designed for learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised. They will be working under the direction of a class teacher whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework for the children's learning. The Advanced Level Apprenticeship is designed for learning support staff with a working role that requires them to have competence in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. They will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom.

Apprenticeship qualifications

Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 (12 months)

  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Level 1 Mathematics
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Functional Skills Level 1ITC
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (18 months)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Functional Skills Level 2ITC
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements
You will be required to undergo a compulsory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check for your suitability for working with children and young people.

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in a Supported Teaching and Learning in Schools role and YMCA Training may be able to help you find an employer to complete your apprenticeship with. You cannot have a qualification at Level 4 or above to apply for this course. You also need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

Learning methods
Your qualifications will be delivered within the workplace and in some locations you may be required to attend sessions within our centres. You will need to do on and off the job training which will be discussed with you and your employer when you begin your Apprenticeship.

Assessment methods
Qualification assessments are carried out using a variety of methods such as observing you in your workplace, taped interviews, personal statements and witness testimonies. You will also need to build a portfolio of evidence.

Progression Opportunities
There are many progression opportunities open to you when you have completed this programme.

Intermediate Apprentices can progress onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or perhaps complete another qualification such as Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of pupils in Schools or Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Following an Advanced Apprenticeship you could consider taking a Foundation Degree e.g. for teaching assistants or supporting teaching and learning training, Level 3 Diploma for the Children's and Young People's Workforce for those with appropriate experience and opportunities, Level 4 qualifications in a relevant area or the Early Years Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree.

Career possibilities
Job roles for Supporting Teaching & Learning Apprentices are very broad and offer some exciting opportunities including Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Additional Needs Assistant, Pastoral/Welfare Support Assistant, Bilingual Support Assistant, Foundation Stage Assistant, Learning Guide, Learning Coach, Induction Mentor or Team Leader.

How to Apply
You can easily apply to our apprenticeship programme by registering online