Helping in Schools- L2 Support Work in Schools

Ref: C3671227

This accredited course involves producing a portfolio of work and students will work towards gaining a Level 2 recognised qualification - Support Work in Schools. Students should be working as a volunteer in school for a minimum of two hours per week prior to the start of and for the duration of the course.

Additional information about this course

Course information and initial assessment session will take place on Friday 29th September 9pm to 12. Students will be required to do voluntary work in an early years setting, a childcare setting or a school. Reduced fees available subject to certain criteria

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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • 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.
  • Safeguarding - This will cover legislation, agencies and procedures related to keeping children safe in all respects.
  • Communication - This will cover professional relationships and strategies to support appropriate behaviour in school.
  • 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.
  • Schools as Organisations - This will cover roles and responsibilities in schools and the wider educational context. Students will supplement their studies through a detailed reflective journal making links between theory and practice

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
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full Course information sheet

Helping in Schools- L2 Support Work in Schools


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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