Why homework is important for school leaders too

Apprenticeships are on the rise, especially in the education sector which saw a 125% increase over the past few years alone. Understanding the impact an apprentice has on a school’s workforce is vital for taking full advantage of the apprenticeship training opportunities.

However, too many schools go in blind when taking on an apprentice or utilising their Levy to upskill existing members of staff. Schools should always proceed with caution and do their homework when selecting an external provider. Even more so when it’s a training provider because workforce development is crucial to maintain high levels of teaching and learning across the school.

Regardless of which apprenticeship opportunity may offer the most benefits to your school, the extent of the apprentice’s impact on your workforce depends not only on the quality of the training but on how closely his or her qualifications match your school’s needs. If you employ an apprentice or upskill a member of your workforce to enhance teaching and learning opportunities in your school without offering them the necessary qualifications, you may be losing out on incredible opportunities to develop your workforce in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

Taking PE, sport and physical activity for an example, schools need to meet the DfE’s 5 Key Indicators when using their funding – engagement of all pupils in physical activity, increased confidence, knowledge and skills within the staff, broader experience and diversity of sporting activities, increased participation in competitive sports, and a minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day. A qualified apprentice whose training focuses on a Teaching Assistance with a PE and school sport specialism can be utilised in a number of ways throughout the school week. They can be used effectively to support teaching and learning in the classroom, work with a small group of children, engage more pupils in physical activity at lunchtime or work alongside teachers in PE lessons. A  successful example is already found at Merritts Brook E-act Academy, a primary school whose PE and school sports apprentice is now a qualified teaching assistant and has recently started teacher training.

This highlights a simple, cost-effective and strategic approach towards utilising apprentices to grow and develop the school’s workforce. The key is to find a training provider who can help address your school’s needs and working with them to identify an existing member of staff who requires upskilling or taking on an apprentice who can have an impact across the entire organisation.

As the demand and interest for apprenticeship training in the education sector grows, there also comes an increase in the qualifications offered – the brand new Community Sports and Health Officer apprenticeship, for instance. Aspire are one of the few organisations currently offering this and similar cutting-edge apprenticeships in the education sector. We work with schools to deliver a small range of qualifications that are becoming increasingly popular, including training for teaching assistants with physical activity specialisms, PE and sport specific roles, as well as early years educators that specifically focus on physical development.

As the April 2019 deadline for using the apprenticeship levy before the government begin to reclaim the funding has now passed, Aspire and DSP are helping schools address their workforce requirements by making the most out of apprenticeship training and taking advantage of the levy. You can learn more about our upcoming workshops for Business Managers, Head Teachers and Governors via the links below.

Our workshop is running in Worcester in May. Places are limited so pre-register today!

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Pre-register for our free workshop today to see how you can develop your school workforce and have a positive impact on pupils’ health and well-being through apprenticeship training.