Introduction to Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Tees Valley course)

Ref: C2525931

The course provides an introduction to the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification. Students will be introduced to the skills and attributes needed to become a Teaching Assistant, take part in group discussions about equality, diversity, child development, and safeguarding. Students will learn how to write for assessment. We will also discuss how to organise your volunteer placement in a school setting which will be required for more advanced courses. This course also offers the opportunity to develop I.T skills.

Additional information about this course

This course is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority and is for residents of the Tees Valley area only.

Course aim

This is an introductory course for students who wish to gain the NCFE Level 2 Certificate - Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools with the WEA.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is for beginners
  • You will need a good level of English (Level 1) and either Level 1 Maths or a willingness to progress to Level 2 Maths.

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

  • Describe the main stages of child and young person development
  • Identify the kinds of influences that affect children and young people's development
  • Confidently discuss inclusion and inclusive practices in schools
  • Identify possible development opportunities relevant to improving own practice

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • You will need to take part in the weekly virtual classroom on Zoom

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • Suggested reading: Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 by Louise Burnham The Governments website for educational matters is a valuable resource www.education.gov.uk

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Successful completion of this course is essential for you to progress to the qualification course.

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Introduction to Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Tees Valley course)

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2019
  • 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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