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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Programme Overview:

The Intermediate Level Apprenticeship for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is designed for learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised.  The Advanced Level Apprenticeship is designed for learning support staff with a working role which requires competence in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities.

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.

Who is this course for?: 

People aged 16-24 who aspire to work in roles such as Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant, and Learning Support Assistant.

Entry Requirements: 

The recruitment and selection of apprentices is primarily the responsibility of the employer. However, the following examples of relevant skills and attributes are offered as guidance to inform the recruitment and selection process:

Relevant skills and attributes include:

  • an interest in, and commitment to, working with children and/or young people
  • some experience of working with children and young people
  • ability to relate well to children, young people and adults
  • motivated to succeed within the job
  • willing to reflect on their own practice, learn, and apply that learning in the workplace
  • willing to work as a member of a team and communicate effectively with a range of people
  • numerate and literate
  • willing to undergo a compulsory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check for suitability for working with children and young people.
Mandatory Units: 
  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Functional Skills in Maths
  • Functional Skills in English
  • Functional Skills in ICT
Optional Units:

The main parts of the apprenticeship programme, NVQs, are work-based nationally recognised qualifications, designed to benchmark the skills an employee needs to do their job effectively. Candidates tailor their NVQs to reflect the particular requirements of the job role they are undertaking, choosing a number of appropriate units from a wide range of possible options. In this way all NVQs are made to measure for each employer.


Apprenticeships include both on and off-the-job training. At Tower Hamlets College, we work collaboratively with employers to deliver the job training and qualifications that an apprentice needs to complete their apprenticeship framework.

Start Date:

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Apprenticeship progammes start on a monthly basis, please contact us for more details.

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