NCFE Helping in schools level 2

Ref: C3840228

(This is displayed on the WEA website.) Summarise the course and its content in 40 words or fewer. This is a knowledge based qualification; it can be taken by students not yet employed in a school, as well as providing initial training/induction for those new in post.

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: L 2 Award Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Who is the course for?

Either completion of the pre course, introduction in helping in schools and or a skills check. MUST be working at level 1-2 English language and literacy

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. *For the assessment process, a portfolio will be submitted by each student comprising 13 Written Tasks, 12 Discovery Exercises and 10 Placement Journals

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:

Learning outcomes: these are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes. By the end of the course, students 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?

One to one discussion with the tutor Feedback on activities/tasks End of course evaluation

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

books and equipment to be provided by the student Pen, paper, folder

Reading and information sources

All materials will be provided by the tutor. Tutors will suggest additional resources as each unit is addressed. The Government's website for educational matters is a valuable resource - currently

What could the course lead to?

It is hoped that students will take new knowledge, skills and understanding into 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. Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2

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NCFE Helping in schools level 2 Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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