Introduction to Teaching Assistants

Ref: C2523257

A compulsory course for anyone hoping to attend the NCFE level 2 Certificate Course with the WEA; during the course you will learn about child and young person development; Portfolio building and study skills; you will receive support in arranging your school placement and Disclosure & Barring Application (previously CRB). You will be assessed and supported throughout the course to help you achieve the level needed to access the certificate course; however, this does not guarantee you enrolment onto the course, only those completing the assignments at an appropriate level and have secured a school placement will be allocated a place.

Course aim

This course is for all students wishing to enrol onto the NCFE L2 course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course requires students to write in detail and create a portfolio of evidence. Although there is no minimum level of Numeracy and Literacy, students should be working towards level 2 Functional skills. .

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

  • A level 2 certificate achieved by working through 11 core units and demonstrating a good, sound knowledge of all aspects and challenges to be faced when working within a learning environment
  • 50 hours work experience within a school as a trainee Teaching Assistant which will mean that learners are in a position to apply for jobs and can produce evidence of hands on experience within a learning environment.
  • A portfolio of evidence built over the course of study which will show learners achievements and developments throughout the course of study.
  • Understand about safeguarding and the relevant legislation, policy and procedures regarding confidentiality and when to share information.
  • Have the skills and knowledge to facilitate learning and help children and young people achieve the best of their ability.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • you will need to get hold of some stationary, this will be explained within the first lesson so don't worry about bringing anything to the first session. The stationary will cost approximately £3

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Introduction to Teaching Assistants


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  • 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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