Helping in Schools - Online with Graeme Cozens

Ref: C3531706

This course is fully online. You will be accessing it through Canvas, which is our virtual learning environment and Zoom, which is video conferencing software. You will need a reliable internet connection, access to a computer or other internet linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to Canvas and Zoom; please accept these; the sender will show as “instructure”, without these you will not have access. You might like to try this out before the course and let us know if you have any issues. It is for those of you who want to find out more about what is involved in working in a school/college as a Volunteer or Teaching Assistant, supporting a school as a Governor, or maybe so that you can help your child through their education with greater confidence. We will cover topics eg Relationships & Teamwork, SEND, and job-hunting. The course aims to give you insights to help you become part of the team, and the confidence to make a valuable contribution there.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the expectations and practicalities of supporting children in schools and colleges. To help participants increase their confidence in applying for posts. To consolidate IT skills using Canvas and Zoom.

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 suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • feel comfortable and confident helping in schools, and to have a greater insight into the role of the helper in schools
  • have an insight into the ways in which schools differ while providing a similar function, and into the complex variety of relationships that exists among the school population
  • understand the importance of safeguarding for everyone in a school
  • understand that every child has learning needs, and to have the knowledge and confidence to help to meet those needs
  • devise a personal plan of action for helping in schools, and / or feel more confident as a parent liaising with adults re my child’s learning

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
  • We will all share experiences and learn together in a varied and fun way. You may be asked to find out or think about some of the topics between sessions.

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

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

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Helping in Schools - Online with Graeme Cozens

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • 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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