Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NCFE level 2

Ref: C2523258

This course is ideal if you want to become a teaching assistant and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. It can also help you begin a career as a learning support assistant or special needs assistant. The course covers 11 key units which are designed to teach students about the challenges and skills needed in the classroom. Students will need to complete 50 hours of work experience within a learning environment to complete the qualification.

Additional information about this course

Learners must have completed the introductory course and secured a placement to access this course

Course aim

This course will enable learners to develop their skills in the view of facilitating learning within a learning environment as a Teaching Assistant.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Learners should have completed the WEA Introductory course (or provide substantial evidence of producing a level 2 portfolio) and have secured a placement for the 50 hours work experience.

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

  • Describe the main stages of development 0-18 years
  • Describe legislation, guidelines, policies, procedures and external bodies in the view of safeguarding children and young people
  • Identify common childhood illnesses and symptoms and how to act quickly in the event of an emergency situation.
  • Be able to identify the different types of schools within the education sector.
  • Identify and describe the different signs of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect and what to do if you suspect abuse.

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Learners need to keep a placement diary and complete a number of assignments.

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • 1:1 tutorials with the tutor.

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.)
  • a lever arch folder, dividers, plastic wallets, paper and pens.

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?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NCFE level 2


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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