Learning and Skills Teacher Level 5 Apprenticeship Employer Information

Guidance for Employers

At Teaching Matters, we are experts in the development of teachers, providing coaching, mentoring and recognised qualifications.

This recently introduced Level 5 apprenticeship has been designed by the sector and we are establishing ourselves as a national provider for this standard.  Participants will develop outstanding professional practice under the support and guidance of our expert trainers and coaches.

Benefits for Employers 

  • Invest in staff to develop professional teachers at little or no cost to you using both levy and non-levy funding
  • An apprentice will make a valuable contribution to your organisation
  • Upskill or retrain your staff to fill skills gaps 
  • Training can be delivered flexibly
  • There are free on-line tools to help you manage your apprenticeships


If you are a levy paying employer, this apprenticeship standard can be funded through your levy account.  If you are an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you will contribute just 5% towards the cost of the training and assessment of an apprentice, the government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs for apprentices whoa re aged 16-18 or 19-24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority.

Commitment Statement

Employers will be asked to attend a short commitment statement meeting.  This is to agree the training an apprentice will receive, how it will be delivered, and which elements will count towards the off-the-job training.  A commitment statement must be in place from the beginning of the apprenticeship.

Review Meetings

Employers are encouraged to take an active part in the review process of apprentices throughout their programme.  This is to ensure the apprentice is fully supported and also to maintain progress of the apprentice in the achievement of their apprenticeship.  It is also the opportunity for the employer to discuss how the training of the apprentice is impacting on their performance in the workplace and to set targets for subsequent reviews.

Mentor Support

You will also be asked to allocate a work-place mentor to your apprentice.  This is someone who will play a key part in supporting your apprentice on and off their training programme.  They can help apprentices identify the skills and behaviours they need to develop and can help to support them in achieving their goal to achieve their apprenticeship.  

20% Off-the-job Training

Your apprentice will be taught new knowledge and skills to achieve occupational competence.  This will help them to make a noticeable impact within your organisation.  An apprenticeship is a work-based programme and there is a requirement for all apprentices to carry out 20% off-the-job training.  This must take place within the apprentice’s normal working hours (excluding overtime) and where training has to take place outside of normal working hours, apprentices should be given time off in-lieu (TOIL) or remission from their job role.  It’s important that training is delivered away from the apprentice’s working duties, teaching new knowledge, skills and behaviours required for their specific apprenticeship.  Apprentices may choose to spend additional time training outside their paid employment hours, but this must not be a requirement for them to complete their apprenticeship.

Off-the-job training does not include training which is required to achieve Level 2 in English and maths and therefore training to achieve this would be in addition to the 20% off-the-job requirement.

Flexible Delivery

Apprentices will benefit from an interesting and challenging programme, delivered by experts in their field.  Experienced teacher trainers, current Ofsted Inspectors and industry coaches will bring their experience and skills to the programme, delivering a high-quality pathway of learning and study.  Each apprentice will receive individual coaching and mentoring by the team throughout the programme, including observations of their practice and developmental feedback.

Our delivery model is adapted to your needs.  Apprentices can attend weekly workshops, delivered in your locality, which are face-to-face, modular online learning or web-based virtual training supported by periodic attendance at conference events.   Whatever mode of delivery, we ensure the programme delivers the knowledge, skills and behaviours integral to this rigorous Level 5 standard. 

There are nine assessment themes to aid development of a high-performing workforce.  The themes show how the specific skills. Knowledge and behaviours criteria, within the standard, underpin the nine thematic (synoptic) aspects of the Learning and Skills Teacher role.

The themes have been developed by employers in education and training and are driven by government policy, Inspection expectations and evidence-based practice.  

They help apprentices to work towards the synoptic End-Point Assessment and, in particular but not exclusively, the Thematic Case Study and Teaching Observations.

The Gateway

Once your apprentice has completed the on-programme requirements of the apprenticeship, they will agree with you that they are ready to enter the gateway stage of the apprenticeship.  You will agree with your apprentice that they are ready to undertake EPA and we will work with you to prepare your apprentice to achieve their End-Point Assessment

End Point Assessment (EPA)

End-Point assessment is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours your apprentice has learned throughout their apprenticeship, which confirms that they are occupationally competent.

The EPA is carried out by an independent organisation which has been selected by you, with the help of Teaching Matters,  and is the final assessment which your apprentice must carry out in order to achieve their apprenticeship standard.  The cost of the EPA is included in the overall cost which has been agreed with you at the start of the apprenticeship.  

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