Cabot Learning Federation – Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) is an exciting and inspiring place to train. We are a diverse Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in the South West, with 20 entities, incorporating 8 Primary, 8 Secondary academies, an all-through 4-19 setting and a 14-19 Studio School, as well as post-16 and alternative provision in primary and secondary phases. The CLF employs around 1800 staff and we educate approximately 10,300 children and young people. Our contexts include urban, inner-city, suburban, rural and coastal catchment areas in geographically local clusters serving Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The Cabot Learning Federation is looking for a number of Apprentice Teaching Assistants to support our Primary and Secondary Teachers whilst obtaining a professional qualification. If you are looking for an apprenticeship to develop your skills in working with children, then the Cabot Learning Federation could be your new and exciting work place.
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.
Training to be provided:
The CLF Apprentice Teaching Assistant programme combines college attendance, teaching assistant placements alongside 1 day per week training based at the CLF Institute training facility. This ensures trainees develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be outstanding Teaching Assistants. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Diploma in Specialist Support for teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3. The duration of the course is 18 months minimum.
Teaching Assistant Level 3 Standard
Apprenticeship Standards differ from Frameworks:
Standards are designed for a specific job role, covering skills, knowledge and behaviours
The Teaching Assistant Standard is a longer duration, typically 18 months
Both the employer and the college agree when the apprentice has achieved competency – known as the Gateway – and is ready for End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment is independent of the college – we recommend NCFE as the assessment organisation
The apprentice will be graded pass or distinction on completion
The Teaching Assistant Standard does not include a mandatory qualification.
SGS College will embed the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools to the Standard.
Apprentices also achieve this nationally recognised qualification alongside their apprenticeship and employers have the reassurance of a quality-assured City and Guilds programme with external verification.
You will need:
- excellent verbal communication skills for motivating children to learn
- active listening skills to understand the children’s' needs
- to be flexible and open to change for working on different activities
- to enjoy working with other people
- the ability to teach pupils how to do something
- the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Some work experience or voluntary work with children is highly recommended.
- Typically candidates will have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or 4/5 and above, including maths and English.
- Candidates without maths or English may be offered a pre-apprenticeship or an extended apprenticeship duration, based on their initial assessment results.
- Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking the End Point Assessment.
For more detailed course information please visit the South Gloucestershire & Stroud College website.
Application & Selection
Please apply via the SGC service using.
If you apply via the CLF careers portal your application will not be processed.
When completing an application please state which academies you would like to be exposed to. The CLF will aim to meet these requirements but cannot guarantee you will be based within your desired academy.
Cabot Learning Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.