Staff training and development for Schools


Training programmes

Higher Level Teaching Award L4 Status (HLTA)

We are offering a limited amount of fully funded places for experienced Teaching Assistants / Learning Support Assistants to complete their Higher Level Teaching Award L4 status (HLTA). All candidates will receive rigorous high quality external assessment and be nationally moderated against the 33 HLTA standards. This is a fantastic opportunity to be formally recognised for higher level working with an accredited and nationally recognised award. Don’t delay in securing your place with this limited offer of full course funding from Essex County Council.

Our Apprenticeship Programmes

Apprenticeships are a way of developing a school’s workforce by providing training opportunities for both existing and new staff members.

If you can’t see an apprenticeship that you’re interested in from our offer, please contact us and we’ll help you to find a training provider who can help.


  • Learning and Skills Mentor Level 4
  • Teaching Assistant Level 3
  • Children, Young People and Families Practitioner (Residential) Level 4
  • Children, Young People and Families Manager (Community) Level 5
  • Accounts/Finance Assistant Level 2
  • Assistant Accountant Level 3
  • Business Administrator Level 3
  • Team Leader or Supervisor Level 3
  • Operations or Departmental Manager Level 5
  • Coaching Professional Level 5
  • Customer Service Practitioner Level 2
  • School Business Professional Level 4
  • School Business Professional Level 4

Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The following accredited courses are available for individuals wishing to undertake CPD activity to improve their knowledge in a specific area.


  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Behaviour that Challenges
  • Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Understanding Mental health for Children and Young People
  • Understand Mental health for early years
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Introducing Caring for Children & Young People
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Team Leading
  • Understanding Autism
  • Care & Management of Diabetes
  • Principles of SEN
  • Technology in Childcare and Education

Tutor-Led Courses

Our extensive range of tutor-led courses run from our ACL centres. You can find us in Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Harlow, Maldon, Witham, and online.

Classes are available daytimes, evenings and weekends. Start dates vary according to programme type. Prices depend on the prior attainment of the learner.


  • Support Work in Schools
  • Support Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring
  • AAT Accounting
  • Counselling
  • British Sign Language & Makaton
  • Foreign Languages
  • First Aid
  • SEN Support

Maths, English, Science & Digital

Most maths and English courses are fully funded so there would be no charge to the school or the learner.

Our assessment team would agree the best starting point for the individual and provide the necessary support needed to achieve either a Functional Skill or GCSE Qualification.

Having staff who are confident in their maths, English and digital abilities supports not only their own career progression but also the quality of support that they provide to their pupils.

We also offer GCSE Biology and Physics qualifications that are suitable for those seeking a career as a Primary School Teacher and requiring a GCSE in Science.

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