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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Milton Keynes College

Course description

The number of staff supporting teaching in schools has risen steadily. Indications are that numbers will continue to rise, meaning there will be an on-going demand for learning support staff in schools. The recent Education White Paper (November 2010) notes that, “Every member of school staff has an important role to play in ensuring that pupils and students get an excellent education…..In the best school, well-deployed teaching assistants support teachers in achieving excellent results with pupils.”

Course content

You will be required to achieve 44 credits which will include the following mandatory units:
• Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
• Schools as organisations
• Support learning activities
• Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
• Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
• Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
• Support assessment for learning
• Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Support children and young people’s health and safety
• Understand child and young person development
• Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people.

Optional units will be discussed with your assessor according to your job role.

Entry requirements

To take part in this programme the you will need:
• an interest in, and commitment to working with children and or young people
• experience working with children and or young people
• the ability to relate to children and or young people
• to be motivated to succeed within the job
• to be numerate and literate
• to be willing to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with a range of people
• to be willing to reflect on own practice, learn and apply that learning in the workplace.


The majority of the programme is assessed in the workplace. However you will be required to attend College 1 day or 1 evening per week. You will also need to gather evidence to demonstrate your competence. You will be allocated an assessor who will guide and support you throughout your Apprenticeship programme.

Future opportunities

It is anticipated that you will progress to either:
• level 4 Foundation Degree in Early Years Care
• training and/or assessment against the Higher Level Teaching Assistant professional standards to achieve HLTA status.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Milton Keynes College directly.

Last updated date: 15 April 2016
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