This course is for experienced teaching assistants who have a wide range of responsibilities.
You will spend three hours per week in college in lectures or tutorials as well as time spent in practice with your assessor. You will also have access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which enables you to study at home if you have a PC.
You will study 11 mandatory units:
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- You will understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults, understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults, and understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection.
- Schools as organisations
- This unit aims to prepare you for working in a school. It covers knowledge and understanding of the structure of education, how schools are organised, school ethos, mission, aims and values, legislative and policy frameworks and the wider context in which schools operate.
- Support learning activities
- This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support learning activities. It requires competence in supporting the planning, delivery, assessment and review cycle.
- Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
- In this unit you will gain the understanding and skills required to promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting positive behaviour, managing inappropriate behaviour, dealing with challenging behaviour and contributing to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies.
- Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- This unit covers the competence required to develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
- Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
- In this unit you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting equality and diversity and supporting inclusion.
- Support assessment for learning
- This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support assessment for learning. It requires demonstration of competence in using assessment strategies to promote learning, supporting you to review your learning strategies and achievements, and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes.
- Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit considers personal development and reflective practice, which are both fundamental to such roles.
- Support children and young people’s health and safety
- This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.
- Understand child and young person development
- This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development.
- Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
- This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people. The unit contains material on e-safety.
You will also study 2-6 of 42 optional units that include:
- Plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher
- Support bilingual learners
- Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs
- Support children and young people to achieve their education potential
- Lead an extra-curricular activity
- Work with other practitioners to support children and young people
Level 2 Teaching Assistant. You must be working at level 3 in a school setting. The length of time is prescribed by the awarding body.
If you do not already have a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, you will be required to obtain one and the current fee for this is £44.
Selection process is through application, screening and interview prior to enrolment.
To join: You will need to complete and submit a part-time application form.
An approved assessor will visit you in your workplace to assess your practice competency, knowledge and understanding. You will need to submit a portfolio to show your competency in all areas of the award.
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