About the role
This apprenticeship standard is designed as an 18 month programme and is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competences required to work in a teaching assistant role.
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 a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities.
Promoting fundamental British values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
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Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs, including maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
Apprentices without English and maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the end-point assessment.
As both an vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements, from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.
English and maths resources
We have a wide range of resources and useful tools to complement your programme, including assessment tools, podcasts and training events.
As an ESFA-approved Assessment Organisation, we provide a full range of assessment services, resources and support from our experienced EPA team to equip you and your learners with the diverse requirements of the apprenticeship standards.
You can use Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation, regardless of whether you choose to use our on-programme offer or not.
The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:
- Practical observation with questions and answers
- Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.
Assessment Method 1: Practical Observation with Questions & Answers
The practical observation will be carried out over 2 hours (+/- 10%). The Q & A will last for 15 minutes (+/- 10%) and will take place at the end of each observation. The practical observation must take place in the apprentice’s workplace
Assessment Method 2: Professional Discussion supported by portfolio of evidence
The portfolio of evidence should be given to the independent assessor two weeks prior to the professional discussion taking place. Although this is not assessed by the independent assessor it will enable them to prepare for the professional discussion.The professional discussion will last for a duration of 90 minutes (+/- 10%).
Our range of EPA resources such as EPA specification, additional resources document and practice knowledge test are designed to enhance learners’ knowledge and/or hone essential skills required.
They are available to our customers who have signed up to Pearson EPA and include information on:
- Gateway requirements
- Assessment content
- Evidence requirement for each component
We have designed a step-by-step guide, with signposts to our key supporting information, resources and services available at every stage of the process.