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SEND Teaching
Assistant

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

Qualification

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Programme duration

15 months

Mode of study

Work-based, online

Start date

Monthly start dates

Funding band

£7,000, 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

Overview

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

  • An overview of each area of SEND including the process from identification of needs through to EHCP and outline of school level support
  • How to contribute to the overall ethos and aims of the organisation and promote diversity, inclusion, equality, and acceptance of all learners, including different models of inclusion, concrete examples of differentiation and personalisation in practice
  • 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
  • Understanding the stages of development for children and young people. Consider the impact of transition on learners and strategies to support them as well as the vulnerability of young people with SEND
  • Supporting the development of a stimulating and safe learning environment by developing knowledge of appropriate learning resources and how to adapt communication strategies to suit the audience and context

Knowledge

The Knowledge standard covers:

  • Developing knowledge of different models of inclusion, how differentiation works and types of scaffolding that can be used to support the needs of the child
  • Develop knowledge of the different neurodiverse conditions and strategies to support learners
  • Understand how essential it is to gain the pupils’ voice within the target setting process to differentiate appropriately

Skills

The Skills standard covers:

  • Demonstrate use of concrete examples of differentiation and personalisation in practice
  • The application of restorative approaches to behaviour, i.e. ways of supporting and teaching behaviour
  • Adapting resources to support all learners with appropriate differentiation for those with special educational needs e.g. ASD, Dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome
  • Demonstrate the application of supporting the wellbeing and mental health of learners

Behaviours

The Behaviours standard cover:

  • Consider vulnerabilities of young people with SEND within this and how they can be supported in line with Safeguarding policies and the Prevent strategy
  • Develop awareness of transition strategies and how this can impact upon a learner
  • Engage with research to develop best practice

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.

SEND Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship course enquiry form