Introduction to helping in a school - Pathways

Ref: C3844990

We are offering a fantastic opportunity to build a portfolio of certificates which can help you find opportunities working with children and young people in educational settings. The pathway includes: Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges (Helping in Schools TA course); Challenging behaviour in Children and Young People and Helping with Special Educational Needs/ Disabilities (SEND) Primary Schools To find out more contact or call 07554436934. Or you can also call our friendly student support team on 0300 303 3464 to enrol using the course code as well as enrol online. Our courses are free to anyone on a means tested benefit or earning less than £18,525 per year. All our courses are currently delivered online using zoom and online learning platform, Canvas.

Course aim

To give parents the background knowledge and confidence to become an effective parent helper in school and /or to help their children’s learning at home.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • 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:

  • Identify 3 ways children can develop their learning through play
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children’s development in literacy
  • List 3 practical strategies to support children’s development in maths
  • List 3 practical strategies for encouraging children’s social, emotional and behavioural development

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
  • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, working in pairs, class discussions, short tasks and research

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

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Progress to another WEA course on the schools and parenting Pathway – eg the Level 2 teaching assistant courses or the L2 SEND course

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Introduction to helping in a school - Pathways

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This course is funded by the Liverpool Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Liverpool in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Liverpool, you can check your postcode here:

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 declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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