Supporting teaching and learning in schools apprenticeship

Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by supporting pupils, parents and colleagues to make sure pupils get the most out of their lessons.

They work in partnership with teachers, and carry out duties like lesson preparation and work with small groups or individual children. Their work allows the teacher to concentrate on teaching. Some learning support staff have particular specialisms in areas like music or special educational needs.

On the Intermediate Level Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools apprenticeship, you’ll work under the close supervision of a class teacher. Your duties will vary depending on how the teachers you work with plan their lessons and handle day-to-day classroom activities – you could find yourself supervising arts and crafts activities, helping with outings, or reading to the class, for example.

The Advanced Level apprenticeship incorporates more responsibility into the role. You’ll be working under the direction of the teacher and contributing to the planning, implementation and evaluation of a wide range of learning activities. You’ll be working alongside the teacher to support classroom activities, as well as working alone with individuals or groups of students. You might work with pupils who have special educational needs and/or challenging behaviour, helping them to overcome barriers to learning. Completion of the Advanced apprenticeship will stand you in good stead to pursue a foundation degree or to train as a Higher Level teaching assistant.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

Your salary will depend on your school or Local Education Authority, but most learning support staff salaries start at around £11,000 – £16,000

Job roles:

Teaching assistant, Classroom assistant, Learning support assistant, Special needs assistant

Issuing Authority:

Skills for Justice –