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Supporting teaching and learning in schools apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the supporting teaching and learning in schools sector.

This apprenticeship trains you to provide support in the classroom. Learning support staff work with teachers, carry out duties like lesson preparation, and work with small groups or individuals.

Training opportunities

As an apprentice, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons but could include:

  • supervising arts and crafts activities
  • helping with outings
  • reading to the class

The advanced level apprenticeship adds more responsibility to the role. You could help plan, carry out and evaluate a wide range of learning activities. You’ll work both alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, and alone with individuals or groups of students. It’s a good stepping stone to a foundation degree or higher level teaching assistant training.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of supporting teaching and learning in schools apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • teaching assistant
  • classroom assistant
  • learning support assistant

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • teaching/classroom/learning support assistant
  • behaviour support assistant/coordinator
  • pastoral/welfare support assistant
  • bilingual support assistant
  • team leader

Apply for a supporting teaching and learning in schools apprenticeship

You can apply for an apprenticeship in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education