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. 

Nationally, we are the ONLY primary school approved as a main provider on the Government's Register of Approved Apprenticeship Providers (RoATP). This demonstrates our commitment and experience as well as our deep understanding of the needs of the schools and individuals we engage with. Our programme is designed by schools, for schools.

From 2018 we will be delivering the new Teaching Apprenticeship.


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 Flick 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?

Ask your school about accessing funding through the Apprenticeship Levy. 

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:



Apprenticeship funding is provided by ESFA. SS Simon & Jude CE Primary School is  ESFA approved Apprenticeship Main Provider. We also work in partnership with The Vocational College and LD Training to provide Apprenticeship training.