Volunteers Helping in Schools

Ref: C3670436

Develop your understanding, skills and experience for volunteering in schools and gain a Level 2 qualification (awarded by NCFE) in Support Work In Schools. An ideal course for parents looking to help their children's learning or for anyone wanting an initial qualification to wrok in schools.

Additional information about this course

If you would like to know more about this course, an Information Pack is available by calling Robbie Noble on 0113 245 3304 or emailing yhnortheast@wea.org.uk. If you have any further queries, you can contact our Schools advisor Diane Quinney at dquinney@wea.org.uk or by calling 07824 545919

Course aim

To help students gain knowledge and understanding of life in school. To support and promote parental engagement with children’s learning. To achieve a recognised qualification: L2 Award in Support Work in Schools.

Who is the course for?

Students MUST ENSURE they have a classroom placement in a mainstream school of at least 20 hours over the length of the course. Students should also be at (or working towards) Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

What topics will this course cover

*Unit 1 - Child Development - This will cover the expected pattern of development from 0-19. Barriers to development and strategies to support children will be considered, with a focus on English and Maths and how these particular subjects can be supported. *Unit 2 - Safeguarding - This will cover legislation, agencies and procedures related to keeping children safe in all respects. *Unit 3 - Communication - This will cover professional relationships and strategies to support appropriate behaviour in school. *Unit 4 - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - This will cover legislation and procedures in place to ensure equality of opportunity for all children. It will include work on supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. *Unit 5 - Schools as Organisations - This will cover roles and responsibilities in schools and the wider educational context. *Placement Journal - Students will supplement their studies through a detailed reflective journal making links between theory and practice.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 1 Learning Outcomes – Child and Young Person Development 2. Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 2 Learning Outcomes – Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People 3. Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 3 Learning Outcomes – Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults 4. Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 4 Learning Outcomes - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People 5. Evidence successful attainment of the Unit 5 Learning Outcomes - Schools as Organisations

How will I know I'm making progress?

For the assessment process, a portfolio will be submitted by each student comprising 8 Written Tasks, supported independent learning activities, 9 Discovery Exercises, and 10 Placement Journals. Feedback on these will beongoing, both verbal and written, and students will use an individual learning plan to record achievement and progress. Individual tutorials will take place at the course mid-way point to assess individual progress and achievement and set targets for the remainder of the course.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students will require writing materials and an A4 folder to present their completed work. If you would like to know more about this course, an Information Pack is available by calling Robbie Noble on 0113 245 3304 or emailing yhnortheast@wea.org.uk. If you have any further queries, you can contact our Schools advisor Diane Quinney at dquinney@wea.org.uk or by calling 07824 545919

Reading and information sources

All materials will be provided by the tutor. Tutors will suggest additional resources as each unit is addressed. Students will require writing materials and an A4 folder to present their completed work.

What could the course lead to?

It is hoped that students will take new knowledge, skills and understanding into volunteering within the classroom, with a greater sense of their own value as respected team members. It is hoped students will feel better able to support their own children's learning where relevant. It is hoped that the majority of students will wish to progress to the course - "Helping with SEND in Primary School" Students will be encouraged to progress gain L2 qualifications in English and maths, if appropriate. Students will also explore potential routes in to gaining higher lever qualifications.

Download full course outline

Volunteers Helping in Schools Course Outline

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0113 245 3304 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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