Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship Framework - Level 3 (out of centre learner)

SKU: GEN2/A/037

Course Aim:

The aim of this apprenticeship is to provide the learner with skills, knowledge and practical teaching skills. It will support the learner within a Teaching Assistant Role in a school environment. It provides an insight into the principles and processes of supporting and communicating with children, assisting with activities and assessment of their learning whilst gaining a broader insight into schools as organisations.

Student Pre-Requisites:

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically be five GCSEs including English, maths and ICT at Grade C or higher (or 4 or 5 new grading system).

Ideally candidates will have already completed a Level 2 supporting teaching and learning qualification or have 12 months teaching assistant experience.


Course Duration:

Typically this apprenticeship will take 18 months.



Students are with their employer from day one and will study their taught components at an agreed Gen2 centre two days per month. This training will take place at a Gen2 centre based in West Cumbria, Carlisle or Furness.  The students are visited by a Gen2 assessor in the workplace approximately every six weeks to assess their competence and monitor progress.

 Programme Components:

The programme delivered through Gen2 will consist of:

  • Completion and achievement of a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in SchoolsCompletion and achievement of a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

  • Regular performance reviews undertaken by the employer and Gen2

  • Development of a portfolio of evidence including reports and evidence of tasks undertaken.

  • Observations by a Gen2 assessor

  • Ongoing professional discussions between the apprentice and the assessor relating to skills, knowledge and behaviours. 

  • Feedback from line manager and peers.

  • Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 2 English, maths and ICT prior to completion of their apprenticeship.


This qualification is made up of 44 credits, 32 of which are mandatory units detailed below and a further 12 credits from optional units which will be discussed and agreed with the employer.

Mandatory Units
301: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
302: Schools as organisations
303: Support learning activities
304: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
305: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
306: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
307: Support assessment for learning
331: Understand child and young person development
332: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
333: Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
334: Support children and young people’s health and safety


Delivery Plan and Commitment:

The qualification requires 20% of time from the student’s normal working week to be committed to the qualification for the duration of the programme. This time must be away from normal work duties and will be achieved as follows:

  • Usually delivered as 2 days per month over 18 months.

  • Six weekly assessment sessions (half day each) throughout the programme to consolidate training and support portfolio development. These sessions are pre-arranged at mutual convenience with assessor, employer and student at the employers premises.

  • Ongoing work towards achieving the required standards of this apprenticeship including mentoring sessions, professional discussions, study time, employer organised training, site visits and maintaining a CPD log.


    The student will be required to demonstrate and evidence this ongoing commitment through the maintenance of a portfolio (electronic system provided by Gen2).


Qualifications Gained:

On completion of the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship you will gain the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning
  • Minimum Level 2 English, maths and ICT (if required)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills


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