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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 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 30 credits which will include the following mandatory units:
• Child and young person development
• Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
•Communication and professional relationships with children and young people and adults
• Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
• Help improve own and team practice in schools
• Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
• Support children and young people’s health and safety
•Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
• Support learning activities. Optional units will be discussed with your assessor according to your job role.

Entry requirements

• Academic competence – English and/or Maths GCSE Grades D or above, or English and maths following a BKSB diagnostic at L1 in both or alternatively an Adult Literacy or Numeracy certificate at L2. ICT certificate GCSE grade D or equivalent to a Level 1.

• Behaviours/Work experience/employability skills – Applicants need to have three+ months’ and a minimum of 9 hours per week work experience in working on their own or supervising others in the setting.

• Work under close supervision of the class teacher, duties to vary depending on the teacher requirements to support the classroom activities. This could possibly be supervising arts and crafts, helping with outings, reading, writing, maths activities.


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

Applicants who complete the programme can look forward to progressing to the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 programme.

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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