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SEND Teaching

In 2020, BBC published an article that highlighted the difficulties that children with special educational needs and disabilities face in many schools, when they are only offered provision by way of education, health and care plans only after exclusion. Coupled with the fact that the number of pupils with special educational needs increased to 1.49 million in 2022, this illustrates the growing need for additional support in the sector.

The BeReady SEND Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship is designed to increase knowledge and skills in this area and provide a positive impact to learning outcomes for these pupils.

With SEND responsibility becoming an ever-increasing part of the Teaching Assistant role, this programme leads both to the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3) qualification and development of key SEND skillsets.

Who is this course for?

The course is ideal for teaching assistants working in mainstream or specialist schools who want to get a recognised qualification whilst gaining additional support for the SEND responsibilities they are now undertaking.

Key facts


Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Programme duration

15 months

Mode of study

Work-based, online

Start dates

May 2023

Funding band

£5,000, funded via the Apprenticeship Levy

Entry requirements:

  • Employer agreement
  • Level 2 English and Maths (learners without these qualifications must achieve them prior to taking the End Point Assessment)
  • A valid and eligible residency status

Course content


The curriculum of this 15-month course focuses on the professional knowledge, skills and behaviours required of a SEND Teaching Assistant. These include:

  • Valuing the importance of keeping pupils at the centre of everything, including promoting diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Showing a strong commitment to safeguarding and health and safety including following statutory guidance and school-based policies
  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop including the need to provide feedback to support and facilitate an appropriate level of independence
  • Recognise the importance of using appropriate technology to support learning
  • Gaining an appropriate knowledge of the curriculum and context that you are working in
  • Delivering interventions in accordance with training given
  • Valuing effective communication within the team to ensure that the pupils have the best outcomes
  • Demonstrating strong professional behaviours including flexibility, trust, professional conduct, confidentiality and being respectful


The Skills standard covers:

  • Develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning
  • Communication and team work
  • Working with teachers to accurately assess
  • Using technology
  • Problem solving/ability to motivate pupils


The Knowledge standard covers:

  • Understanding how pupils learn and develop
  • Technology
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning
  • Curriculum
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education


The Behaviours standard cover:

  • Building relationships/embracing change
  • Adding value to education
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Professional standards and personal accountability
  • Team working, collaboration and engagement

Project Management Skills

Level 5. 20 Credits.
To enable the development of skills necessary to lead a team to achieve set objectives within resource and time constraints while mitigating potential risks.

Ethical Leadership in the Workplace

Level 6. 20 Credits.
Developing an appreciation of ethics in an organisational context and how ethical leaders instil ethical principles throughout organisations in ways which promote responsible behaviour to stakeholders while taking into account that stakeholders may hold different, culturally-informed, sets of ethical values.

Further information

FAQ sheet

Answers to frequently asked questions on our apprenticeship courses.

Off-the-job training

A guide to how easy it can be to satisfy off-the-job training requirements.

Levy explainer

Clear explanations of how our apprenticeship courses are funded.

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship course enquiry form