An Apprenticeship programme that helps schools maintain and embed the use of IT in the classroom.

Our unique programme has been developed with the support of Head Teachers and Business Managers to meet the specific requirements of schools and Ofsted regulatory requirements. A Teacher’s Apprentice will receive training and ongoing support from the Tablet Academy to focus on the use of IT within the curriculum and will also receive technical training and support from an IT provider, which could be the school’s current provider, or a new provider.

Technology is not easily embedded into the curriculum for numerous reasons, many of which are common across schools:

  • Lack of IT knowledge within the school
  • Unreliable hardware or software
  • Poor, or irregular IT support
  • Lack of training provided
  • Irregular access to technology
  • Little experience and low confidence amongst teaching staff
  • Limited opportunity to learn and practice with new solutions

A Teachers Apprentice role is designed to address the barriers outlined above by:

  • Providing on-site technical support 5 days a week, maintaining technology and acting as the link to your remote IT support.
  • Working with teachers to plan the use of devices, then co-delivering these lessons.
  • Preparing technology prior to the lesson and ensuring work is saved post session.
  • Establishing and delivering extra-curricular clubs linked to technology (e.g. coding).
  • Accessing regular training and remote support from Tablet Academy (see Teacher Academy).

"What we wanted was for IT to go through all the different subjects and our previous provider really wasn't able to give us that option. We worked with Primary Goal and they put together a package that would enable our vision really to become reality"
Robbie Walker Headmaster - John Shelton Primary School

What's the process?


Step 1 - Identify key focus

First your school will need to identify if their Teachers Apprentice will focus on curriculum support, technical support or, as in most cases, both. Once you've decided to recruit a Teachers Apprentice, our team of Careers Adviser's will identify a number of candidates for you to interview alongside your IT provider (optional).

Step 2 - One day work experience

When a suitable candidate is identified they will spend a day on site working in the school to ensure they are the right person for your school.

Step 3 - Decide the Apprentice's employer

Once you are satisfied with your candidate a decision is made as to whether the Apprentice is employed by your school, your IT provider or Primary Goal. This is decided on a case by case basis as it may reduce the costs for the school.

Step 4 - Create a tailored training programme

The school provide details around their current use of IT in school and their vision for the future. This enables the technical partner and Tablet Academy to create a training programme for the Apprentice which is aligned to the schools requirements.

Step 5 - Initial training

The Apprentice receives initial training prior to starting in the school.

Step 6 - Apprentice begins programme

The Apprentice starts in school, working 37 hours per week.

Step 7 - Full programme is carried out

Whilst in post at the school the Apprentice will follow a government approved Apprenticeship programme provided by Microsoft. This may require a small number of days being spent at college.

Step 8 - Post programme

The contract lasts for 12 -18 months. After this period the school can decide to employ the Apprentice, to end the contract, or to recruit a new Apprentice from Primary Goal.

Teacher Academy

By recruiting a Teacher Apprentice your school is automatically enrolled on the Teacher Academy programme from Tablet Academy. This programme provides access to regular teacher training for your teaching staff and your apprentice
Click here for more details about the Teacher Academy

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