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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Programme

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Level 3 TA Apprenticeship Programme

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Interested in making the most meaningful contribution you can to the quality of teaching and learning in schools, in enhancing your professional development and broadening your career opportunities?

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Course Overview

Our TA programme will provide you with the training and opportunities to develop the necessary Knowledge, Behaviour and Skills to meet the L3 standards set out by the Government and approved for delivery in June 2018.

L3 TA Apprenticeship Standards

You will attend a total of 15 workshops/training days across 18 months all delivered by leading practitioners.

You will also carry out tasks, observations and assessments as well as carry out self directed learning activities, creating a portfolio of evidence of your work and learning.

You will learn both on the job and off the job (a minimum of 20% off the job learning is required), although off the job learning might take place in your place of work.

Off the job learning
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Enrichment Opportunities

There is also an opportunity to develop an aspect of specialism in either Early Years, Speech Language and Communication, Support for SEND, Behaviour and Wellbeing or Reading Development through focussed enrichment experiences in different settings.

Tutor and Mentor Support

You will receive support from designated members of staff/mentors who will meet with you regularly and throughout the programme, to discuss your learning, review your progress, help you meet targets and prepare for a successful end point assessment.

Entry requirements

Apprentices should hold four GCSEs (graded A*- C, or 9 – 4) or equivalent, which must include English and Maths.

If you do not have qualifications at this level then you will be required to work towards them during the programme.

You should not hold a level 3 qualification in this or a similar field already.


For Apprenticeship Levy payers this training is usually at no cost to schools or TAs on the programme.

There should be no change to your terms and conditions of employment as a result of taking part in this programme.

Next steps

If you have any questions please contact the lead for the TA Apprenticeship Programme, Sue Hinchcliffe, via:

If you are already working in a school, you must first speak with your Headteacher/Head of School to obtain their permission. Then please complete this expression of interest form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

What School Leaders need to know

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Investing in TA training and improving TA knowledge, behaviour and skills has been found to be one of the most transformative things a school can do to add value to QFT.

As well as a significant proportion of a school budget, TA employment is often the largest investment of Pupil Premium and SEN funding; that specifically aimed at narrowing gaps and improving life chances for underprivileged and vulnerable children.  

But typically TAs receive little or no training to carry out their role.

Research evidences, that when TAs have the appropriate training to carry out their roles effectively, their impact on pupil outcomes is significantly improved. The quality of their interactions improves and they can better promote learning and independence.

Through its innovative, high quality TA Apprenticeship Programme, Education Pathways can now provide an opportunity to upskill your teaching assistants, enhance their professional development and increase TA contribution to your school’s overall effectiveness.

Our successful programme which has run since September 2018 has received excellent feedback from headteachers, teachers, mentors and apprentices.

Headteachers of existing apprentices report that they have seen significant advancement in TA Apprentices understanding, motivation and contribution in schools.

They describe growth in confidence, an improved quality of interactions and highly effective support for pupils amongst some of the benefits of the training.

Apprentices have grown into new roles, taken on greater responsibilities and even in some cases been asked to model best practice.

Better still for apprenticeship levy payers, this training is usually at no cost to schools or the TAs on the programme!

Our Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification is aimed at all Teaching Assistants who do not already hold a level 3 qualification in this, or a similar, subject area. It’s also suitable for newcomers to the job and applies to Teaching Assistants at both primary and secondary phase.

Education Pathways was established by Ebor Academy Trust and is working towards providing apprenticeship programmes across the education spectrum. We are accredited as ‘main providers’.

When Teachers and Teaching Assistants work effectively together they can achieve ‘excellence’ within teaching and learning.

If you have any questions and for more information please contact the lead for the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Programme, Sue Hinchcliffe, via: