Preparing to Help in Schools

Ref: C3741059

A short course to find out how to support children learning in fun ways. This course outline describes what will be covered in your course. It also sets out what you should expect to learn. There will be an opportunity for course members to discuss the course content with the tutor.

Additional information about this course

This course is run by the WEA, working in partnership with East Surrey College delivering Adult Learning across the East Surrey area. This is a fee paying course. If you are in receipt of an income related benefit you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to provide evidence of your benefit status at the first session.

Course aim

To give parents the background knowledge and confidence to become an effective parent helper in school and/or to help their children’s learning at home.

Who is the course for?

No previous experience required.

What topics will this course cover

*Session 1: Introductory session, during which students take part in ice-breaker activities, establish ground rules, briefly explore the school curriculum and consider through a practical approach, how children learn through play and how this can best be supported. *Session 2: A session devoted to literacy, where through a range of practical activities students will explore children's development in speaking & listening and reading and how this can be supported. *Session 3: A session devoted to maths, where through a range of practical activities students will explore children's development in maths and how this can be supported. *Session 4: A session devoted to children's social, emotional and behavioural development and how these aspects can be encouraged and supported. *Session 5: A session where we look at different areas of the curriculum and find out how learning can be experienced in fun ways.

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. Identify 3 ways children can develop their learning through play. 2. List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in literacy. 3. List 3 practical strategies to support children's development in maths. 4. List 3 practical strategies for encouraging children's social, emotional and behavioural development.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Participation of learners in discussion/activities, question & answer sessions and tutor observation. *The assessment process will be informal, based on tutor observation, student discussions and self/ peer assessment.

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

All materials will be provided by the tutor, including practical materials and hand-outs. (Occasionally tutors may ask students to contribute craft materials or other small items to support a particular activity/session.) Tutor will suggest additional resources as each topic is addressed. If students wish to take notes (although there is no formal requirement for this), a notebook and pen would be useful.

Reading and information sources

All reading material and information sources will be provided by the tutor, including handouts, books, video-clips etc.

What could the course lead to?

It is hoped that students will gain confidence and take new knowledge, skills and understanding into the classroom and/ or home. It is hoped students will progress to either: Childcare (Level 1) Helping in Schools (Level 2) Volunteering in a school.

Download full course outline

Preparing to Help in Schools Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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