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Teaching Assistant: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate (RQF) Level 3

Overview

Are you a teaching assistant looking to gain new skills? The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate (RQF) Level 3 is suited to anyone who is passionate about helping young people to reach their academic potential. Level 3 teaching assistants play a key role by working one-to-one with pupils and supporting teachers to manage their workloads.

This distance learning qualification looks in-depth at how to safeguard children and encourage their development in class. Through home study, you’ll explore topics including planning learning activities and using assessment strategies. Find out how to reflect on your role and evaluate your own progress as a teaching assistant. The course will help you to build the confidence you need to work with all age groups.

Placement Information

Stonebridge College’s Level 3 course is made up of a combination of online theory and a school placement. Your work experience can be paid or unpaid and could be in a primary, junior or secondary school. Completing a placement will give you the chance to apply your knowledge to real situations. Benefit from interactive content and dedicated support from a personal tutor throughout your studies.

We ask that you undertake a minimum of 50 hours work experience. The placement will require you to be working with learners between the ages of four and 16. We are also happy for you to support children in academies as well as mainstream, independent or specialist settings. Please note: the work experience cannot be achieved in any of the following settings:

  • Nursery
  • Pre-school
  • After School Club
  • Holiday Club
  • College
  • University
  • Any other external learning sources i.e. open learning colleges, Sunday schools etc.

What can I do after the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate (RQF) Level 3

Once you have finished your qualification, you can go on to apply for a teaching assistant role or progress in your current position. Take on more responsibility in the classroom and impress your employer with your commitment to self-development. Teaching assistants can be based in state, private or special schools, earning up to £18,000 per annum.

With further distance learning courses or training, you could be promoted to work as a higher level teaching assistant. With an increased salary and daily tasks including leading classes, you can develop your career. There is also scope to focus on one area of learning support, with opportunities to work with children with special needs, or English as a second language.

Some Stonebridge graduates go on to study a PGCE at university and achieve qualified teacher status. You could also take on a variety of roles in education, includingin tutoring, admin or training.

Modules

Unit 1: Schools as organisations

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • Understand school ethos, mission, aims and values
  • Know about the legislation affecting schools
  • Understand the purpose of school policies and procedures
  • Understand the wider context in which schools operate

Unit 2: Understand Child and Young Person Development

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth - 19 years
  • Understand the factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice
  • Understand how to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
  • Understand the importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people
  • Understand the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development

Unit 3: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults
  • Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection

Unit 4: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • Understand the importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied
  • Understand how to work with children and young people to support their safety and wellbeing
  • Understand the importance of e-safety for children and young people

Unit 5: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand what is required for competence in own work role
  • Be able to reflect on practice
  • Be able to evaluate own performance
  • Be able to agree a personal development plan
  • Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development

Unit 6: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Be able to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a work setting or off site visits
  • Understand how to support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves
  • Understand appropriate responses to accidents, incidents emergencies and illness in work settings and off site visits

Unit 7: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to promote equality and diversity in work with children and young people
  • Understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination on children and young people
  • Be able to support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people

Unit 8: Support learning activities

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to contribute to planning learning activities
  • Be able to prepare for learning activities
  • Be able to support learning activities
  • Be able to observe and report on learner participation and progress
  • Be able to contribute to the evaluation of learning activities
  • Be able to evaluate own practice in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT

Unit 9: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Be able to promote positive behaviour
  • Be able to manage inappropriate behaviour
  • Be able to respond to challenging behaviour
  • Be able to contribute to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies

Unit 10: Support assessment for learning

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
  • Be able to use assessment strategies to promote learning
  • Be able to support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements
  • Be able to contribute to reviewing assessment for learning

Unit 11: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to develop professional relationships with children and young people
  • Be able to communicate with children and young people
  • Be able to develop professional relationships with adults
  • Be able to support children and young people in developing relationships
  • Be able to comply with policies and procedures for confidentiality, sharing information and data protection

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Please note: You must be at least 16 years of age to join this course.

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