Further Support Work in Schools

Ref: C3842680

This course covers students’ learning journey and that of the children they are helping. Literacy skills will be assessed and developed. We will work through worksheets based on schools and family learning.

Course aim

To increase learning & self-development for the student and children they are helping. To improve literacy skills and awareness of schools and family development. The course can help lead to further course or employment choices.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The Course is open to volunteers in St. John's learning Centre Nursery and for people interested in this subject. Students need to be at least Entry 3 English Literacy Level and able to work with a child throughout the length of the course.

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

  • Demonstrate understanding about the role of Family learning in a child's development through written worksheets.
  • Know what the 'National Curriculum' is within schools through various written and practical activities.
  • Create a learning activity with your child which could be carried out in a school environment.
  • Create an activities chart for the household (manually or electronically) which relates to the 6 Foundations of Learning.
  • Organise and collate any course work and hand-outs within a learning folder.

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
  • The learning activity carried out with a child will need to be carried out at home (outside of the class).

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
  • The tutor will use individual learning plans and will have reviews with students about their course progress. Assignments and worksheets will be marked and constructive feedback given. Verbal feedback and support will be given throughout the course.

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.)
  • Students need to supply own folder and bring stationery. WhatsApp is used for group contact and Padlet is referred to for course information and activities (these can be accessed on a smartphone).

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
  • Students are encouraged to do extra research or draw on personal experiences relevant to the course. There is information available online about child learning and development, learning activities (Pinterest) and literacy exercises (BBC Skillswise).

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 https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • St. John's learning centre can give support & guidance for other local courses and towards employment & voluntary work. The Tutor will provide information and guidance towards career and learning options as well.

Download full course information sheet

Further Support Work in Schools


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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