Supporting Teaching and learning in Schools

What this Apprenticeship can do for you!

Improve classroom performance

Building the skills of Teaching Assistants can have hugely positive effects on classroom performance that can be measured through your existing KPIs

Contribute to Ofsted outcomes

Outstanding and Good Ofsted reports often mention the fantastic contribution that well trained Teaching Assistant have to the overall school performance

Introduce new ideas

Taking part in these qualifications will get your Teaching Assistants to start to analyse their own performance and the impact they have on the children they work with

The Supporting Teaching and Learning apprenticeships have become increasingly popular since their introduction under the title of Teaching Assistant Apprenticeships in 2006. 

The national occupational standards for supporting teaching and learning in schools, on which these frameworks are based, were developed to cover the full range of roles and responsibilities learning support staff in schools may perform.

This Apprenticeship is available at Level 2 (Framework) & Level 3 (Standard). 

Why you should use your Apprenticeship Levy funding on training your Teaching Assistants?

Outstanding & Good Ofsted reports specifically mention the performance and training of Teaching Assistants

“Skilled, well-trained and highly motivated teaching assistants make an excellent contribution to pupils’ learning. Their role is pivotal. Whether teachers deploy them to go over a gap in learning, to correct a misconception, or to challenge the most able further, they contribute significantly to pupils’ rapid progress.” - Inspection report: Alban Wood Primary School and Nursery, 2–3 March 2017

“Ofsted found that teaching assistants are most effective when they are well-trained, well informed, aware of pupil targets and confident in assessing programmes. Ofsted concluded that the more general support offered by teaching assistants in the classroom is less effective.” – DfE review of efficiency in the schools system June 2013.

Apprenticeship Learning Aims

Level 2 Framework

  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools  Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools,   
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1,   
  • Functional Skills English Level 2,  
  • Functional Skills ICT Level 1,  
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities

Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools,   
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2,   
  • Functional Skills English Level 2 

Assessment & Training

You will build a portfolio of evidence to meet the course criteria. This evidence can be from reflective accounts of your experience in the workplace, written work, observation by your assessor and witness statements from your work supervisor. There are no exams for this qualification.


This Apprenticeship lasts between 12 and 18 months. Start dates throughout the year

Eligibility for Funding

This qualification can be funded through Apprenticeship funding for all employees aged 16 and over.     

Employers who pay into the Apprenticeship Levy can use their levy pot to fund the fully costs of this qualification if they have the funds available.     

Co-financed options are available and the employer contribution is Level 2 £200 and Level 3 £250.     

Small employers do not need to contribute to the cost of Apprenticeship training.

For futher details please visit our Apprenticeship Funding page.

Units in this qualification can include;

  • Child and young person development 
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people 
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults 
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people 
  • Schools as organisations 
  • Support learning activities 
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour 
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults 
  • Support assessment for learning 

Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants

The Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants were originally drafted by a working group set up by the Department for Education (DfE) in conjunction with organisations representing the schools workforce, practitioners and others also committed to ensuring excellence in education. You can download the paper below.

ta-standards-final-june2016-1 (pdf)


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