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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (ST0454)

The Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme which will give your employees the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to support learning effectively in your school. Teaching Assistants are found in primary, secondary, special schools, alternative provision, and further education institutions such as sixth forms and colleges. Teaching Assistants work across all age ranges, supporting all learners.

Course summary

The broad purpose of a Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance learners’ progress and development either in groups or individually. Teaching Assistants ensure that learners understand their work, know their learning objectives, and display positive learning behaviours in order to make progress. They deliver individual and small group teaching and apply a range of strategies to support learners of different abilities under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher. Teaching Assistants may support learners with special educational needs and disabilities and learners with social, emotional, and mental health vulnerabilities.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation may interact with all learners. This includes but is not limited to high attaining, SEND, EAL, and disadvantaged learners. Teaching Assistants will also work in partnership with teachers and other professionals within the school and education system, as well as with learners’ parents or carers.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for delivering individual and small group teaching and adapting planning under the direction of a teacher; implementing safeguarding policies and safe practice; working effectively with other education professionals; promoting positive learning behaviours; and supporting the development of a safe and stimulating learning environment. They will work within a framework of national legislation regarding safeguarding, and within the policies and procedures of their individual education organisations.

Images shows a screenshot of a recorded interview between one of our Teaching Assistant Apprentices and her tutor/Assessor. The image is recorded from a MS Teams meeting.

Learner Voice – Meet Sophie

Sophie works for Birchwood School in Melton Mowbray, and completed the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship in 2021. Sophie’s quote below is taken from an interview she did with her Assessor in 2021 discussing how she was supported throughout her learning.

LALS have been really helpful with my needs and my disability from the start. They’ve taken on board my disability from the start and broken down lessons, and given me extra sessions. That’s really helped. LALS supported me in the best way I can learn and have just been very helpful throughout my apprenticeship making sure everything’s done on time and getting me extra time […].

LALS met my needs and I’ve completed the apprenticeship that I wanted to achieve. There’s nothing that they can do better, my assessors are really nice people and helped me to get through both my apprenticeship and my ICT [qualification].

Since completing her apprenticeship, Sophie has become a full-time permanent member of staff and has continued to support her colleagues and students using the skills she learned on her apprenticeship.

Why choose Leicestershire County Council as your provider?

Leicestershire County Council, through our GoLearn! Work Based Learning Team, have been delivering the Teaching Assistant Standard since its launch in 2018 and have achieved a 100% pass rate for apprentices.

  • The knowledge delivery for the Teaching Assistant standard is delivered by fully qualified tutors and assessors with extensive teaching experience,
  • As a Local Authority provider, Leicestershire County Council is regulated by the Department for Education and the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) with the highest levels of accountability, both for the quality of our delivery and the support we provide to our employers,
  • Our service has been included on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers since its inception,
  • From September 2023 we will begin teaching to the updated  qualification standard, meaning apprentices will benefit from being amongst the first to qualify.

Key information about the standard:

  • Level: Level 3
  • Typical duration to gateway: 18 months
  • Typical EPA period: 3 months
  • Maximum funding: £7000
  • Route: Education and early years
  • Date updated: 05/05/2023
  • EQA provider: Ofqual

What to do if you are interested in an apprenticeship qualification

For apprentices:

Apprenticeship qualifications are directly linked to work and employment roles and, as such, are for those who are currently in work or are recruited to a specific apprenticeship vacancy.

If you are in work and interested in using an apprenticeship qualification to enhance your existing skills and knowledge, or progress in your career, speak to your line manager about apprenticeship opportunities that your employer may have.

If you are looking for work and need support to find an apprenticeship role,  book an appointment with one of our Learning and Work Advisors who can provide free, 1:1, impartial advice. Alternatively you can search national apprenticeship vacancies in your area via the ‘Find an apprenticeship‘ site.

For employers:

If you are looking to find an apprenticeship provider to deliver this, or any other apprenticeship standard, visit the website where you can search for 100s of providers including local authority and national providers.

If you would like more information on the apprenticeship standards offered by Leicestershire County Council,

  • Call us on freephone 0800 988 0308 to speak to a member of the Work Based Learning Team
  • Email the team directly at