Teaching & Learning Apprenticeships

A career in supporting children's learning is very rewarding experience. As a teaching assistant you'll support teachers and help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom. On any given day you will be supporting the children to develop their reading, writing and maths. You could be encouraging them to draw, paint or play.

Essential skills are good communication, organisation, creativity, empathy and diplomacy. School support staff play a crucial role in supporting pupils, parents and teachers in a child's development. You work closely with the class teacher to ensure that each child is nurtured and supported in order for them to reach their full potential.

Before you can start working in a teaching setting you will need to complete a DBS, Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced background check.

The number of support staff in schools has risen steadily over the last 10 years and it is expected that there will be an increasing demand for this workforce in the future.


Main Duties & Responsibilities

The role of support staff in schools can vary from class to class and school to school, depending on the needs of the pupils. Some of the main duties and responsibilities could include:

  • Working one-to-one or with small groups of pupils who are in need of additional help
  • Acting as additional support during class activities or by working with specific groups of pupils
  • Supporting pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Supporting pupils with English as a second language
  • Preparing the classroom for lessons
  • Tidying up and keeping the classroom in good order
  • Creating displays of pupil's work
  • Helping on school outings or at school events

Progression Options

Your progression options enable you to work for employers that include primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, colleges, independent schools and pupil referral units.

Qualification Jobs
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Teaching Assistant
Learning Support Assistant
Classroom Assistant
Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Teaching Assistant
Welfare Support Assistant
Behaviour Support Assistant
Learning Mentor
Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Teaching Assistant Team leader
Behaviour Support Coordinator
Senior teaching Assistant
BA Degree in Teaching and Learning Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Behaviour Support Coordinator
Post Graduate Certificate in Education Class Teacher
Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Subject Lead