SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School is leading the way in accredited professional development for support staff in schools through our innovative STAR programme. We understand the pressures of releasing staff for training and we recognise the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. STAR is delivered flexibly, and locally. Put simply, we come to you. 

STAR is a school-led continuing professional development pathway enabling support staff to access funding and accredited CPD at each stage of their personal and professional development. A key focus of all our programmes is career progression.

We offer work-based CPD programmes for volunteers, parent helpers, teaching assistants, SEN support staff, learning mentors and HLTA from Level 2 through to Qualified Teacher Status via the School Direct Programme.

Our innovative school-led STAR Apprenticeship programme is enabling teaching assistants to access Government funding to further enhance knowledge and skills.


Who is the STAR Apprenticeship for?

Are you working in a school as a teaching assistant or SEN assistant? Do you support small groups, whole classes or on a 121 basis? Maybe you are quite new to being a TA and looking to develop your career? Are you considering becoming a teacher in the future? Perhaps you have worked in school for many years but haven't gained a work-based qualification. Then the STAR Apprenticeship could be for you.


What qualification will I achieve?

An Apprenticeship is made up of a vocational qualification and additional elements to enhance your skills. You can find out more about Apprenticeships form the website

SS Simon & Jude STAR Apprenticeship includes:


Additional Benefits

You will be able to access Educare for Education elearning modules to further enhance your knowledge.

As an SSSJ Apprentice you can apply for a NUS Apprentice Extra Discount Card to save money in store and online on everything from fashion and food to holidays and driving lessons.


How is the STAR programme delivered?

You will build up a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge and skills across all area of the qualification. You will be assessed using a range of different methods to cover a number of activities including:

  • Regular visits in school from your assessor to observe you demonstrating your skills
  • Short written tasks where you will reflect on your practice
  • Group Knowledge Workshops to deepen your knowledge and to share ideas and best practice
  • Peer observations - this is an opportunity to visit another school to shadow a TA - like a mini exchange!
  • Educare for Education elearning modules covering subjects such as Data Protection and Child Development


Can I access funding?

To access Government funding for the STAR Apprenticeship you need to be:

  • employed in a school in a classroom based role for 16+ hours a week
  • Not already hold formal qualifications above the level of the programme you wish to start

The easiest way to find out if you are eligible for funding is to complete and submit a course enquiry form below:

STAR Enquiry Form

We will help you to complete a skills scan relating to your current role in school and your future career goals to help you decide on the right pathway for you.


Contact us to find out more:

Tel: 0161 223 2423 and ask for Hannah Hodgson



Apprenticeship funding is provided by the Skills Funding Agency. SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School is a Skills Funding Agency approved training organisation and we work in partnership with The Vocational College to provide Apprenticeships. 

Part funded by ESF