Tenbury High apprentice teaching assistant shows outstanding commitment

  27 September, 2023

Tenbury Zoe Bakewell

A devoted teaching assistant apprentice at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy (THOA) has shown outstanding commitment to her students by finishing nearly 100 courses as part of her qualification.

Zoe Bakewell, a trainee teaching assistant at the academy has been hard at work undertaking a variety of educational courses as part of her Level 3 teaching assistant qualification.

As part of their commitment to providing development opportunities for teaching staff, the school has been supporting Ms Bakewell throughout her studies and classroom practice as she trains to become a full-time teaching assistant. 

Zoe has completed all 92 courses across the training curriculum in less than 12 months and incredibly achieved a distinction in every one of her written and verbal assignments.

Although she works in a secondary school, Zoe has even completed courses on primary education and has studied a wide variety of topics, including Understanding Dyslexia, Working with Parents, Step Up Maths, Keeping Children Safe in Education, and Beating Bullying, to broaden her knowledge and understanding for her future work.

Now wrapping up the course after four terms, she is preparing for her final assessment, a discussion based around the teaching assistant standards which brings together all her learning from across the process. Once she has passed, the academy is excited for her to start a permanent position at the school and put her new qualification into practice.

The apprenticeship is a collaboration between THOA, The Teaching Assistant Development Programme (TADP), a nationally recognised programme that provides a personalised suite of continuing professional development (CPD) courses designed to support teaching assistants to develop their skills and knowledge, and LetMePlay (LMP) which organises the qualification.

THOA has hosted the placement and provided support throughout Ms Bakewell’s classroom learning and practical experience, as part of their work to support early careers teaching staff who are entering the profession.

Zoe Bakewell, LMP teaching assistant, said: “I wanted to complete all the courses because I like to complete everything! I really enjoyed doing the courses and with a lot of them I was able to reflect back on my own practice.

“Some courses also gave me broader knowledge of what other members of staff do in a school and how other schools work, for example, primary schools. Doing the courses in relation to primary education also helped me to support my own children with their homework.”

Vicki Dean, principal said: “We are so proud of Zoe and all that she has achieved through this apprenticeship. She has put so much hard work into her course this year and it has been excellent to see how she has grown in confidence and knowledge through her placement at THOA.

“At THOA, we know that facilitating professional development qualifications such as these are so important in supporting our teaching staff and vital to providing the best education for our students. We wish Zoe the best of luck for her final assessment and look forward to celebrating her success!”

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