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 a 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?
A4 file for course notes/information, paper/notebook and pen, A4 file for portfolio of evidence. Accreditation costs are included in the course fee.
What can I do next?
Teaching Assistant – Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate OCR 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. The placement needs to be organised by the student before a place can be offered on the course.
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.
A pre-course assessment of literacy and numeracy skills is held before enrolment to confirm that the course is suitable for you and flexible support is available through our Skills Plus centres. The assessment can be arranged by telephoning your local Adult Education Centre. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to work towards Level 2 OCR qualifications in literacy and numeracy which are essential to secure employment as a Teaching Assistant.
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.
**PLEASE NOTE: Regular attendance - a minimum of 80%, a high level of commitment and approximately 3 hours of home study is a requirement from you, enrolling on this course.**
To apply for the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning course, please complete the online application form following the link below.