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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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L3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

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Role Profile

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Secondary, Special schools and further education institutions. Teaching Assistants work across all age ranges, supporting all learners. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance learner’s 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. Teaching Assistants may support learners with special educational needs and disabilities, including learners with social, emotional and health vulnerabilities. They will work in partnership with teachers and other professionals, as well as learners’ parents and carers. Teaching Assistants will support the development of a safe and stimulating learning environment and act within the framework of national legislation regarding safeguarding.


The apprenticeship typically takes 18 to 24 months to complete.

Apprentices will attend regular mandatory college sessions and complete assignments which will cover the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the Teaching Assistant standard. Tutors will support apprentices to build a comprehensive portfolio of evidence.

Apprentices will receive support from their college tutor at all stages of the course.

In addition to college sessions, there will be relevant activities in the workplace which will be discussed and planned with the assessor and school-based mentor, these may include:

  • Experience of supporting children with SEND needs
  • Mentor meetings to discuss progress, provide feedback and guide development
  • Regular observations and feedback carried out by colleagues
  • Delivering interventions and tracking pupil progress
  • Working as a team and liaising with parents and outside agencies
  • Training in safeguarding, health and safety, first aid, Prevent, online safety, behavioural strategies and reporting to parents
  • Understanding and use of the school’s ICT structure to support teaching and learning

Tutors will visit schools every 8-10 weeks for progress reviews with the Apprentice and school-based mentor. Tutors will observe Apprentices in their school setting several times during their Apprenticeship and provide developmental feedback.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the Teaching Assistant Standard

These are arranged in themes and are assessed in one of two ways:

Assessed through a 90-minute Professional Discussion, supported by a Portfolio of Evidence:

  • Learning and Support
  • Assessment, Curriculum
  • Child Development
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Professional Development

Assessed through a 90-minute Observation, followed up by 20 minutes of question and answer:

  • Delivery
  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Pastoral
  • Technology
  • Relationships and Role Modelling

Assessment Overview

The End Point Assessment (EPA) will start once the Apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard. An independent assessor will make all assessment judgements.

Apprentices must pass 100% of the criteria in order to complete their apprenticeship. Some apprentices may be awarded a Merit or Distinction if they meet the additional criteria in all areas.

Maths & English

This Apprenticeship requires learners to achieve Maths and English at Level 2. At interview, we will carry out an assessment to determine current literacy and numeracy levels. We will take account of any support needs in determining the suitability of learners for this Apprenticeship.

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Apprenticeship information last updated: Wednesday 24th July 2024 @ 9.04am (19 hours ago)

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Course fees explained

The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationery, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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