Appropriately trained and deployed staff, supporting teaching and learning in schools, play a crucial role in supporting pupils, parents and colleagues. Employers have helped to design these revised Apprenticeships to support the increasing demand for trained support staff in schools, attract new people to the sector, upskill the workforce and replace those who leave or retire.

To find out which Functional Skills you are required to have completed/will need to complete in order to undertake an apprenticeship, please see more information on our Functional Skills page.

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Supporting and Teaching in Schools Level 2 - Education and Training

The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised. 

Specification  Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

Learners wishing to work in a support role in a classroom environment, or to develop professional skills in this area in preparation for a job as a teaching assistant or other supporting role in a school environment.

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Supporting and Teaching in Schools Level 3 - Education and Training

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities. The frameworks provide training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behaviour support assistant/coordinator; pastoral/welfare assistant' foundation stage assistant; team leader.

 Specification  Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

Learners who are working in a job role in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in a classroom, for example: teaching assistants; classroom assistants; learning support assistants; additional needs assistants; pastoral/welfare support assistants; bilingual support assistants; foundation stage assistants; learning guides; learning coaches; or induction mentors.

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