Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Our Level 3 Teaching Assistant apprenticeship is, thanks to the Apprenticeship Levy, the most cost-effective way to upskill your learning support staff to assist learners both in class and through academic and pastoral interventions.

Our Services

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

Upskilling your staff to maximise student success has never been easier or more affordable.

Offered in partnership with PDT, the Teaching Assistant apprenticeship allows schools to upskill their learning support staff to support learners both in class and through effective interventions to improve academic and pastoral outcomes.

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The Course:

Designed for individuals working in any education environment, and interacting with children aged 5-19, this apprenticeship emphasises roles supporting learners, teachers, and fellow teaching assistants both in and out of the classroom.

It is a dynamic role, actively aiding learners in accessing the curriculum. Teaching Assistant apprentices serve as exemplary role models, participating in team meetings, contributing to planning and classroom activities.

Thanks to the Apprenticeship Levy*, it comes at no additional financial cost to the school or the apprentice.

*This only applies to schools who pay into the Apprentice Levy scheme. The Apprenticeship Levy is only available for schools in England.

Your Instructor:

Greg James

> Former secondary school SENDCo with 13 years' experience supporting students with additional needs and leading Inclusion Teams.
> Former teacher and SEND / Mental Health Wellbeing Coordinator

With additional support from:

> Clare Dickinson, former primary lead at an all-through school
> Chris McShane, former secondary head-teacher
>Sarah Burch, apprenticeship support and teaching specialist

Key Features

12 - 18 month programme for full time staff

  • Apprentices benefit from:
    - monthly group training sessions around the theory of learning, feedback and assessment as well as child development
    - monthly 1:2:1 personal coaching sessions and regular reviews of their progress across the apprenticeship standards.
  • Uses practical evidence taken from the apprentice's day-to-day job using methods such as observations, witness statements or session plans for assessment. No essay writing required!
  • A flexible approach, including scaffolded resources, to allow to you to fit your Apprenticeship commitments around your schedule.
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Frequently asked questions...


> As an apprentice, you must be employed as a Teaching Assistant and must have the support from your school and levy account holder/ Apprenticeship Service Account holder.

> Support from your Line Manager/designated Mentor to work with you throughout the programme and support you with the 20% off-the-job training including webinars, portfolio preparation, shadowing, reading and time to attend Review meetings. Also to set the plan for the on-the-job training according to an Individual Learning Plan.

> GCSEs in English and maths at Grade C (4) or above or able to achieve Level 2 English and maths whilst on programme

> Have held a residency in the UK for the last three years

Delivering the apprenticeship

> A blended approach encompassing face to face and online webinars

> An extensive curriculum with 17 Knowledge, 16 Skills and 6 Behaviours that help support the class teacher and enhance learning

> 6-weekly remote or face-to-face online reviews with the Tutor and the Head Teacher/ Line Manager/ mentor

> Monthly webinars delivering knowledge content

> Monthly wellbeing and progress 1-2-1sHalf termly observations


> This 18-month apprenticeship costs £7,000 but can be delivered at no cost to you or your setting if your setting is an Apprenticeship Levy payer.

> If your setting doesn’t pay into the Apprenticeship Levy Fund, the government will pay 95% of your fees, with your setting contributing just 5%, which is £350 for each apprentice. More details can be found on the Government website.

> Apprenticeship Levy Transfer: If an employer pays into the Apprenticeship Levy and has unspent funds, they can transfer up to 25% of that contribution to another employer. That means you can benefit from the levy-contributions of a different organisation to cover the full costs of an apprenticeship for a member of your team.

> Organisations who are actively willing to transfer unspent funds can be viewed on the pledge page. Learn more about the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer on the Government website.

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