This Teaching Assistant course is suitable for anyone who is interested in gaining a qualification to give them skills to support teaching and learning in schools. This course is blended 1 week will be in the Gravesend centre and 3 weeks will be online. Please ask for the in centre dates.
The course will consist of the following mandatory units: Child and young person development; Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people; Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults; Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people; Help improve own and team practice in schools; Maintain and support relationships with children and young people; Support children and young people’s health and safety; Support children and young people’s positive behaviour; Support learning activities and Schools as organisations. There will be one optional unit which will be discussed with you at the beginning of the course.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
Provide support in the classroom, working under the guidance of the class teacher.
Identify legislation and a range of school policies and explain how they are put into practice.
Identify and describe a range of different types of schools and school staffing structures.
Evaluate their own professional development, with support, setting goals and targets for improvement.
Explain holistic child development and identify factors that may impact on development.
Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours a week working on course assignments in addition to the course hours delivered via Zoom to begin with and then in the classroom when safe to do so, plus the hours in your school placement throughout the course. You are required to attend a minimum 90% of the course.
How will I be taught?
This Teaching Assistant course will include tutor input plus small group work, tutorials and practical workshops. You will receive guidance in producing an online E-portfolio of evidence that will be submitted for assessment.
Tutors will give feedback on homework assignments as well as classroom activities; tutorials will also be included. The assessment of this course includes two observations of your working practice within the school following which feedback will be given.
What to look for in a school placement:
Students will need access to policies and will require information on safeguarding and evacuation procedures. These are mainly found on the school websites.
In class, students will initially be expected to support individuals or small groups in class with all subjects under the teacher’s supervision. As students’ progress on the course they will be able to support small groups independently or carry out interventions.
Where possible it would be beneficial for students to see the lesson plan in advance to enable them to prepare or research if necessary.
Following activities, students may be encouraged to complete brief observations on the children they have worked with and given the opportunity to share their thoughts with the teacher or class TA.
To gain the most from the placement, students are required to evaluate their performance and consider how to improve their practice. Input from an experienced staff member offering constructive advice for future practice.
What do I need to bring with me?
Access to a computer / laptop / iPad with internet connection to attend classes via Zoom where needed and be able to upload work into the E - portfolio. Accreditation costs are included in the course fee as well as a student portal for the online E- portfolio.
What can I do next?
Teaching Assistant – Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate City and Guilds Level 3.
What do I need to join the course
A paid or voluntary school placement is essential for a minimum of one day a week in a primary, secondary or special educational setting. Due to the current pandemic the school placement, which is organised by the student, needs to be in place by November 2021. Students also need to have an enhanced DBS check (previously CRB). Students should initially contact their placement school to discuss local DBS arrangements. Please note that this may incur an additional cost that is not included in the advertised course fee.
This is a Level 2 qualification equating to GCSE (grade A-C) and, therefore, assignments will require this level of competence in English. You should be able to follow spoken and written instructions, read handouts/exercises and take part in group discussions.
To apply please complete the online application form following the link
Successful candidates will be offered a place on the course.
This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in gaining a qualification to give them skills to support teaching and learning in schools. **Regular attendance - a minimum of 90%, a high level of commitment and approximately 3 hours of home study is a requirement from you,**
We work hard to recruit sufficient numbers to ensure a course is viable to run. However occasionally we may have to close a course that is not viable. In order that the course has the best chance of recruiting this decision may be made as late as 5 working days before the start date. In this situation the offer of a place does not guarantee the course will run.
Getting to your course
Gravesend Adult Education Centre
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code GRA/105834/K/FF.
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