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Grow as a leader within your role

Grow as a leader within your role

At a time when more and more is asked of TAs, LSAs and HLTAs, we know you rarely get high-quality accredited CPD. As such, we wanted to make you aware of a new opportunity for fully-funded learning via a new level 3 team leader apprenticeship. 

Starting in September 2022, the National College of Education (an apprenticeship provider) and Maximising TAs are running a programme called "Future Leaders Programme: Maximising Impact of Support Staff." Please note this is a different qualification to the existing apprenticeship for teaching assistants which has more of a focus on how to become a teaching assistant. It is also different to the level 3 'supporting teaching and learning' qualification.

This is a fully-funded level 3 apprenticeship programme delivered over 12 months that helps teaching assistants take their first steps in leadership and management. It will provide a set of core knowledge, skills and behaviours that will provide the foundation to lead a team and further careers.

What does the programme include?

  • eight online professional learning sessions
  • five enrichment sessions from Sally Franklin and the Maximising TAs team
  • assessment by knowledge test, presentation & professional discussion around your portfolio of evidence
  • support from peers and a professional learning mentor
  • access to online content, book club and podcasts
  • monthly engagement, off-the-job (OTJ) training and 12-weekly reviews with line manager
  • team leader apprenticeship qualification

What does the content include?

  • knowledge, skills and behaviours around leadership and management
  • leading a team
  • an introduction to evidence and research-based learning around the effective deployment of teaching assistants
  • scaffolding and pupil interactions
  • promoting pupil independence 
  • the important role TAs have in delivering and tracking effective interventions
  • understanding yourself and your role
  • planning for your future and your career progression
  • understanding how to support others

More information can be found on this flyer.

How can I get involved?

To be eligible to access the qualification you must be currently working in a TA, LSA, HLTA or support staff role and have a GCSE in English and maths (or equivalent), or have gained Level 2 before completing the programme. 

How is it funded?

The qualification is an apprenticeship, so funding comes from apprenticeship levy contributions, which all local authorities and most academy trusts pay into.

What next?