21th November 2017
St Hilda's Trust Reaping Benefits from the Levy
St Hilda’s Catholic Academy Trust has 11 Catholic schools around the North East – creating a strong Catholic education for children aged 3-18. We've been working with St Hilda's in creating a teaching assistant training hub for their schools. A teaching assistant training hub will allow schools to offer funded* level 2 and 3 qualifications to existing teaching assistants from local schools.
The trust reported positive benefits about the hub, such as:
- Reducing the impact on timetabling – by hosting the teaching in a central venue
- Reducing financial barriers to upskilling existing teaching assistants – by providing funded training through the Apprenticeship Levy
- Tailoring to the specific needs of the schools and individuals – by allowing schools to be involved with designing the programme and the delivery
- Improving learner experience – by working in groups with peers from their school and other neighbouring schools
- Providing positive publicity for schools nurturing their own talent – by offering teaching assistant qualifications to develop staff.
Jim Farquhar, Director of Finance and Corporate Service at St Hilda’s Catholic Academy Trust said:
"NST were really helpful in supporting our Trust in understanding and implementing an approach to maximise our benefit from the apprentice levy across all our 11 schools. This included briefings for Head Teachers and Business Managers, undertaking a skills gap analysis of all employees and then recommending and delivering a suitable training programme in a timely manner."
If you would like your teaching assistants to access funded* training, or if you're interested in your school becoming a teaching assistant training hub, please get in touch:
(*eligibility criteria applies)