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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Advanced Apprenticeship at Smart Training

Course description

If you’re working as a teaching assistant, special needs assistant, learning support assistant or in another support role in a school with a wide range of duties, this course is ideal for you. It is suitable for those working with pupils of any age in primary, secondary or special schools. The course involves study days one day per month – typically on a Saturday - as well as observation in the workplace. This Apprenticeship is about providing support in the classroom. After all, teachers aren’t the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants or cover supervisors, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons. They work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals, allowing the teacher to concentrate on teaching the class. Some learning support staff specialise in areas like music or special needs. As an apprentice, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons and handle day-to-day classroom activities – however, you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class. The Advanced Apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You’ll work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students. It’s a good stepping-stone to a foundation degree or Higher Level Teaching Assistant training.

Entry requirements

Must be employed for at least 16 hours a week

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Smart Training directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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