Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Intermediate Apprenticeship

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Intermediate Apprenticeship

Apprentice Location: Workplace
Type: Work Based
Awarding Body: CACHE
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Course Details

This Apprenticeship is for people employed to work within schools supporting the teacher and the children in the classroon. It comprises six qualifications, all of which have to be achieved for Certification:

  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools –
  • CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • GCSE or Level 1 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • PLTS Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

The course will enable the Learner to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support teaching and learning in the school environment.  There will be weekly workshops across the year and workplace assessment.

This qualification is suitable for individuals new to the role with under a year's experience; working in roles that support pupils learning including teaching sssistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants.  Learners will need to be working or volunteering in a school environment as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

The course is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills. To gain the qualification learners will need to achieve 30 credits with 24 credits coming from the mandatory units, a minimum of 3 credits from optional units in Group A and 3 credits from optional units in Group B.

Mandatory Units:

  • Child and young person development.
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools.
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people.
  • Support children and young people's health and safety.
  • Support children and young people's positive behaviour.
  • Support learning activities. 

Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and PLTS, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, are embedded in the student's training and assessment.

Level 1 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.  Tuition will be made available to support candidates to achieve this where they do not have accepted qualifications.

Course Structure & Teaching Methods

The course will be taught through workshops which include lectures, group and individual work, discussion and presentations.

Tutors and Assessors will work together to support candidates and prepare them for assessment.


The skills and knowledge which reflect good work place practice will be assessed through observation in the work place and a portfolio of written evidence. Methods of assessment could include:

  •    Professional discussion  
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Coursework
  • Observation in the setting

All the assessment criteria of the mandatory and optional units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Information & Support

This course requires an interview.  All learners need the support from a qualified and experienced professional in their work setting who will be required to complete professional development records.

You will need to provide files and writing materials.  Word processing skills and access to a computer and the internet for writing and research is important.  Learners will be expected to make time for private study. 

Please let our staff know if you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments - we will do all we can to help. We can also tailor learning materials to suit particular needs.

Progression Opportunities

Success on the course may help volunteers secure employment.