Teaching Assistant 

This programme is highly flexible and can be used to provide professional development and accreditation both for those with some experience in the role and for those who are new to it. 

Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.  The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.  Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ wellbeing; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. 


Entry requirements

Candidates would normally be expected to have 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English at Grade C (4/5 under new grading) or above.  However, exceptions are possible so please do enquire.

Course content 

The programme consists of the following elements:





  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop

  • Technology for learning

  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning

  • Curriculum (relevant to the role)

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (Safeguarding)

  • Develop strategies for support

  • Communication and teamwork

  • Working with teachers to accurately assess

  • Using technology

  • Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils

  • Building relationships/embracing change

  • Adding value to education

  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

  • Professional standards and personal accountability

  • Teamworking, collaboration/ engagement



There are no mandatory qualifications included in this Apprenticeship standard.

English and maths

If participants do not already hold level 2 qualifications in these subjects on entry, they will complete them as part of their Apprenticeship.


The programme typically takes around 15 months to complete.  Following Covid-19 we have moved to a completely remote delivery model which includes: 

  • Videocall tutorials

    • Recording allows candidates to retain and review these

    • Screenshare and cloud-based file management allow real-time collaboration and editing of documents

  • Virtual classroom workshops (subject to individual need)

    • These enable candidates to get to know and collaborate with other participants in the programme

  • Quarterly Progress Reviews involving the tutor, the candidate and the employer

  • E-learning modules 

  • The development of an electronic portfolio of evidence (e-portfolio)

  • Completion of a work-based project


The monthly tutorial is used to: 

  • Provide teaching and learning to cover knowledge requirements 

  • Plan future learning and set SMART targets 

  • Set coursework/assignments

  • Review and assess coursework and provide feedback 


The Apprentice records evidence of their learning in their e-portfolio.  Evidence/ coursework can include: documents (reports, assignments etc.), spreadsheets, observations, professional discussions and witness testimonies from the line manager.

At the start of the programme, the Tutor will work with the employer and the employee to develop a Plan of Learning which will be designed to ensure that it meets the needs of both.


End Point Assessment

When the employer, the apprentice and the tutor all agree that the apprentice is ready, s/he passes the ‘Gateway’.  This means the training is completed and the Apprentice registers for their End Point Assessment (EPA).  The End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) is chosen by the employer but we work closely with, and recommend Active IQ for this purpose as we have an established working relationship with them regarding this standard.


The EPA consists of two elements:

  • An observation approximately 2 hours long, followed by a 15 minutes Q&A

  • A professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence which is a showcase of the evidence that has been developed in the e-portfolio


Progression options

The primary aim of this training programme is to enable participants to perform better in their role and as a result of this to contribute to improved school performance as defined by Ofsted.

The primary qualification progression is the level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Diploma which is available as a nationally recognised qualification but not as an Apprenticeship.



Chalkwell Park Drive Leigh On Sea Essex SS9 1NH

Telephone 01702 714 519 

email cv@gatewaytrainingconsortium.co.uk


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