Teaching Assistant SEND Pathway Level 3

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship with SEND pathway offers a structured route to a rewarding career in SEND. The programme combines practical experience and theoretical knowledge to increase skills to effectively support students with SEND.


Total Duration
18 Months

EPA Organisation
Active IQ

Training Method
Portfolio, Observation and Knowledge Test


Find out more and read FAQs about the Apprenticeship process here.

According to the Department for Education's 2020 publication, 'Special Educational Needs in England' approximately 15% of all students (age 3-19) had Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Of these students with SEND about 22% had statements or educational health care plans (EHCP). This highlights the growing need for support in the sector and the requirement for qualified Teaching Assistants within schools.

The course is ideal for Teaching Assistants working in mainstream or specialist schools looking to increase knowledge and understanding around SEND. This programme contributes towards the DfE's recommendations that all schools have SEND responsibilities or specialism in their setting.

The curriculum of this course focuses on a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours combined with LMP's suite of CPD which include:

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

“Teaching Assistants significantly contribute to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students.”

Why choose Inspire ATA?

We work with high-quality training providers to deliver a wide range of training programmes through a blended learning approach that is tailored to each learner's needs.  Inspire ATA recruits and employs each apprentice on behalf of the "host" client, enabling us to offer additional support and a better experience for both apprentice and client.

We can also offer flexi-job apprenticeships which means we are able to offer short term contracts and other non-standard employment models.

  • Understand the need to provide feedback to support and facilitate an appropriate level of independence.
  • Comprehend appropriate levels of learning resources to identify and help address weakness, consolidate strengths and develop individualised expectations.
  • Recognise different stages of child development through school, e.g.: transition between key stages.
  • Recognise the importance of using appropriate technology to support learning.
  • Understand the need to accurately observe, record and report on pupil’s participation, conceptual understanding and progress to improve practice and assessment for different groups of pupils.
  • Understand the school’s assessment procedures and materials for benchmarking against targets set by the class teacher.
  • An appropriate knowledge of the curriculum and context you are working in.
  • Understand current statutory guidance including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Part 1, safeguarding policies, Prevent Strategy.
  • Understand the importance of sharing relevant information, in a timely manner with the designated Safeguarding lead.
  • Develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning.
  • Use appropriately varied vocabulary to ensure pupils’ understanding.
  • Embed effective behaviour management strategies using discipline appropriately and fairly in line with the school’s policy.
  • Deliver interventions in accordance with training given (RAG rating).
  • Foster and encourage positive, effective, nurturing and safe learning environments inspiring pupils to take pride in and learn from their individual achievements.
  • Recognise, adapt and respond to all pupils encompassing SEN/emotional vulnerabilities, for example, use Makaton, visual timetables.
  • Work closely with teachers to ensure own contribution aligns with the teaching and ensure regular communications to provide clarity and consistency of role within lessons.
  • Deliver/lead small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters using initiative, sensitivity and understanding.
  • Building relationships/embracing change
  • Adding value to education
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Professional standards and personal accountability
  • Team working, collaboration/ engagement

Apprenticeships are available in the following locations

A number of our apprenticeship programmes are offered in multiple locations within the same area. Click on each location to find out more and apply.

Woking, Surrey

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Uxbridge, Greater London

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