The Course Outline

Waterton Academy Trust have developed a programme of learning which is delivered to the highest possible standard meeting the needs of both learner and employer. Our programmes are designed to meet the requirements of the appropriate frameworks and standards and are aligned to the latest educational research.

The Waterton Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Course is delivered via 12 modules over a minimum of 12 months (an average of 16 months for a term-time employee) to allow learners to implement new skills and best practice in their own educational settings and to gather the required evidence for the programme requirements. Learners attend face to face sessions with colleagues from a range of settings and they have the opportunity to discuss and share best practice and to reflect on their own practice and how it can be improved. The course is structured in such a way that learners develop a bank of evidence which is gathered through a range of activities, all of which will have a purpose in the learners work in school. For instance, this may include case studies or notes from observations. In brief, the course will cover:

Module 1 - Understanding the role and making effective use of Teaching Assistants

Module 2 - Professional standards and personal accountability

Module 3 - Understanding and improving behaviour in schools

Module 4 - Using technology in education

Module 5 - Keeping children safe in education

Module 6 - Understanding how pupils learn

Module 7 - Removing barriers to learning and meeting individual needs

Module 8 - Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning

Module 9 - Understanding the curriculum

Module 10 - Developing strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning

Module 11 - Delivering targeted support inside and outside of the classroom

Module 12 - Preparation for the end point assessment

End Point Assessment – Over the course of these 12 modules, learners will gather a portfolio of evidence which will support them in the end point assessment. There is no traditional exam, this is instead a professional conversation with a reviewer, and an observation of classroom practice. Our tutors and trainers will work with learners to ensure they are fully prepared and feel confidently ready to undertake these assessment elements.