Teaching Assistant L3 Advanced Apprenticeship Standard

Course overview

This occupation is found in primary, secondary, special schools, alternative provision, and further education institutions such as sixth forms and colleges. Teaching Assistants work across all age ranges, supporting all learners. The broad purpose of the occupation is to support the class teacher to enhance learners’ progress and development either in groups or individually. Teaching Assistants ensure that learners understand their work, know their learning
objectives, and display positive learning behaviours in order to make progress. They deliver individual and small group teaching and apply a range of strategies to support learners of different abilities under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher. Teaching Assistants may support learners with special educational needs and
disabilities and learners with social, emotional, and mental health vulnerabilities.

This qualification gives individuals the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and competence in a range of skills whilst working in schools from primary through to further education. 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. They will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of, pupils. We offer flexible delivery that meets the individual learner’s needs.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation may interact with all learners. This includes but is not limited to high attaining, SEND, EAL, and disadvantaged learners. Teaching Assistants will also work in partnership with teachers and other professionals within the school and education system, as well as with learners’ parents or carers. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for delivering individual and small group teaching and adapting planning under the direction of a teacher; implementing safeguarding policies and safe practice; working effectively with other education professionals; promoting positive learning behaviours; and supporting the development of a safe and stimulating learning environment. They will work within a framework of national legislation regarding safeguarding, and within the policies and procedures of their individual education organisations.

Typical Job Titles: eaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Learning Support Worker, Specialist Support Assistant and Support for Specialist Curriculum Areas.


1. Contribute to the overall ethos and aims of the organisation and promote diversity, inclusion, equality and acceptance of all learners in line with school policies, including by challenging stereotyped views, bullying or harassment.
2. Implement safeguarding polices and safe practice, including online safety, in line with legislation, policies, and procedures including maintaining confidentiality.
3. Work in partnership and liaise with other professionals (such as the teaching staff, SENDCo, or external advisors) and parents/carers to support all learners’ learning.
4. Reflect on their own practice and identify appropriate professional development opportunities with the support of colleagues.
5. Understand the specific needs of learners and use strategies to support all learners to achieve their learning goals.
6. Promote engagement and teach learning behaviours to support the development of independent learners.
7. Establish positive relationships with learners and promote positive behaviours, consistently applying the school’s behaviour policy.
8. Support the social, emotional, mental health, wellbeing and personal care of all learners in line with organisational policy and procedures.
9. Deliver individual and small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters in partnership with the teacher and other professionals.
10. Contribute to assessment and planning by supporting the monitoring, recording, and reporting of learner outcomes and participation as agreed with the teacher.
11. Support the development of a stimulating and safe learning environment by contributing to the selection and preparation of teaching resources that meet the diverse needs and interests of learners.
12. Support or lead enrichment activities for example visits, out of school activities and in school clubs.

Blended delivery – workplace and approximately one day a week in college.

Start Dates: October and February.

Be employed in a Primary or Secondary School, or Further Education College, and hold a relevant level 2 (GCSE 4 – 9) English and maths qualification.

If you have achieved a Level 1 (GCSE 3 – grade D) in English and maths, you will be able to start the Apprenticeship and work towards Functional Skills level 2 in English, maths and ICT during the programme.

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher.

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