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Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Advanced Apprenticeship at Darlington College

Course description

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities. The frameworks provide training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behaviour support assistant/coordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant; foundation stage assistant; team leader.

They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of, pupils.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s at grades A* - C including maths and English

Apprentices must be keen to work in the sector to support teaching and learning in schools. They should have attention to detail, and be willing to work in a team environment whilst also being willing to work using their own initiative when required. The recruitment and selection of apprentices is primarily the responsibility of the employer. However, the following examples of relevant skills and attributes are offered as guidance to inform the recruitment and selection process: Relevant skills and attributes include:

  • an interest in, and commitment to, working with children and/or young people
  • ability to relate well to children, young people and adults
  • motivated to succeed within the job
  • willing to reflect on their own practice, learn, and apply that learning in the workplace
  • willing to work as a member of a team and communicate effectively with a range of people
  • numerate and literate • willing to undergo a compulsory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check for suitability for working with children and young people. It is unlikely that individuals with no, or limited


Various methods of assessment:

Direct observations,

Products of your own work



Professional discussions

Future opportunities

Employment opportunities exist within primary, special and secondary schools in both the state and independent sectors. There will be increasing opportunities for apprentices to take on a wider range of responsibilities. Opportunities also exist to move into other roles across the wider children's workforce eg child care, play work or youth work.

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce or access Higher Education

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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