Introduction to Teaching Assistants

Ref: C2525077

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

The aim of this course is to prepare learners for the NCFE level 2 Course, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

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
  • 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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A pen and paper is needed and you will need to build a portfolio but this will be explained within the first lesson and advise be given about what stationary you will need.

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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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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