Teaching Assistant Level 3

Teacher teaching junior class


The apprenticeship will typically take 18 months to complete.


Teaching Assistants are a critical component to the teaching and learning offer of schools and colleges including specialist provision. They work alongside and under the direction of classroom teachers to provide support for all learners and can also provide targeted support for pupils with SEND, vulnerabilities, or additional learning needs. Teaching assistants are often tasked with supporting pupils with the greatest need and work across the educational spectrum from the Early Years to Sixth Form colleges.

Teaching assistants encourage the development of independent, confident learners. They adapt communication styles for the audience and context in which they find themselves, including communication with their teacher(s) to ensure clarity of role and purpose and develop relationships. They explore and use behaviour management strategies which align to those of their organisation to support the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils.

Teaching assistants ensure that pupils understand the learning objectives and the work they have to complete, supporting them to focus and remain on task with increasing independence – reporting any concerns they have in line with legislation and school policies. They have a role in nurture and emotional support by encouraging pupils to develop in self-confidence and self-esteem within a safe environment in which they can thrive.

Teaching assistants are positive role models for their learners and exemplify and promote British Values in line with the value statements of the schools they work. They also understand and promote the role of children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development on their academic outcomes. Alternative job titles include: Assistant Teacher, Learning support worker, Classroom Assistant, Learning support assistant, specialist curriculum support, support assistant.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment consists of two assessment methods:
• Observation with questions
• Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence.

The EPA will be conducted by an Independent External Assessment Organisation (IEAO).

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