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.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

Entry requirements

A minimum of maths and English GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent or the ability to achieve a Level 2 functional skill.

Work Experience

The apprenticeship is work experience based, so this will depend on the employment contract you agree to.


You will study a wide range of modules, including units based around the following areas:

Understanding how pupils learn and develop


Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning


Keeping Children Safe in Education

Developing strategies for support

Communication and team work

Working with teachers to accurately assess

Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils

Building relationships/ embracing change

Adding value to education

Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

Professional standards and personal accountability

Team working, collaboration/ engagement


You’ll be assessed by:

A professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of work

A practical observation with Q&A

N.B. 20% of the training must be off the job training – details of the elements included in the 20% off the job training are available on request.

Career and Progression

Once you’ve completed this apprenticeship, you can go on to further training, including:

Assessor Coach Level 4 Apprenticeship

Teacher Level 6 Apprenticeship

Academic Professional Level 7 Apprenticeship

On completion to this can lead onto the following roles:

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Assistant Teacher


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