This qualification develops the skills and knowledge needed to provide effective support for teachers and pupils as part of its learning programmes. It also covers the development of children and young people and working effectively with colleagues.
This course is suitable for anyone who works or wishes to work in support roles such as classroom assistant and learning support assistants for pupils aged 5 years and above.
Course ContentModules studied may include:
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
- Schools as Organisations.
- Support Learning Activities.
- Promote children and young people's positive behaviour.
- Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
- Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
- Support assessment for learning.
- Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.
- Support children and young people's health and safety.
- Understand child and young person development.
- Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people.
Each student is asked to complete a number of tasks based on their work in schools. These tasks will then build into a portfolio of evidence submitted at the end of the course. There are no formal examinations.
Entry RequirementsApplicants should usually have approximately one year's experience of working in learning support at a primary, secondary or specialist school. They should also be working the equivalent of two to three days per week in a school environment, and have a good standard of English. All applicants will need to attend an initial assessment of their English and either have experience working in a supportive teaching role in schools or have attained a Level 2 qualification before being accepted on the programme.
Duration & DeliveryOne year, part time – three hours per week, Tuesday evenings 18.30 - 21.30
ProgressionUpon successful completion of this course, applicants may be able to progress on to Higher education to study a relevant foundation degree, subject to entry requirements, or alternatively into employment as a Senior Teaching Assistant, Senior Learning Support Assistant or Senior Special Educational Needs Assistant.