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Teaching Assistant: Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) Level 3

Overview

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) has been developed to give teaching assistants the skills and knowledge that they require to be effective in their roles. When this qualification has been completed, students will provide themselves with greater opportunities for employment. They will also boost their confidence when supporting pupils in any classroom, whether that be primary, secondary or SEN.

This specific qualification contains all modules found in the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools as well as four additional modules. The four extra modules give Stonebridge students a chance to explore the profession further, deepening their understanding of the role and will make the student stand out when looking for employment in the future.When the qualification has been completed by the student they will receive the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) listed qualification of NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

50 Hour Placement

To complete this qualification all students must complete at least 50 hours assisting in the classroom. This can be either paid work or voluntary work experience, although there must be sufficient evidence gained to complete the qualification requirements. All experience gained must take place inside of a school. Any type of school that teaches children from the age of 4 to 15 is permissible with the following exceptions: 

  • After school clubs
  • Colleges
  • Distance learning colleges
  • Nurseries
  • Pre-schools
  • Universities
  • Sunday schools


What Can I Do After Taking This Course?

  • Once you have completed this course you will be able to apply for jobs as a teaching assistant knowing that you can show your knowledge in an interview. The qualification will prepare you for work in any school setting, including nurseries. The average salary for a qualified teaching assistant is between £17,000 and £23,000 per year. 
  • If you are already a teaching assistant then this qualification will give you the chance to demonstrate to your employer that you have the necessary skills to fulfil your role and may even grant you the opportunity of promotion. Promotion could lead to further responsibility and a pay rise. 
  • This qualification could even give you access to further education, such as a foundation degree course. This could be the start of your path to becoming a lead teacher in the future.

*Source:www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/teaching-assistant Dec 2017

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

 

Unit 12: Plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to plan learning activities under the direction of the teacher.
  • Be able to deliver learning activities.
  • Be able to monitor and assess learning outcomes.

 

Unit 13: Support literacy development

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand current national and organisational policies and practices for literacy development.
  • Be able to support learners in developing reading and writing skills.
  • Be able to support learners in developing speaking/talking and listening skills.

 

Unit 14: Support numeracy development

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand current national and organisational frameworks for mathematics.
  • Be able to support learners in developing numeracy skills.
  • Be able to support learners in using and applying mathematics.

 

Unit 15: Lead an extracurricular activity

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the aims and requirements of the extracurricular activity.
  • Be able to prepare for leading an extracurricular activity.
  • Be able to prepare children and young people for an extracurricular activity.
  • Be able to lead an extracurricular activity.
  • Be able to review and improve extracurricular activities.

 

Requirements

In order to successfully complete the course you are required to complete a work placement of at least 50 hours. The placement is compulsory for this course and the student is responsible for arranging their placement.

Along with the first set of course materials, students will receive a comprehensive guide outlining what is required of them during the placement, how to set up the placement and the types of activities that will be required on the placement (including examples of the types of paperwork that will need to be submitted to your assessor for evidence).

The work placement needs to be for a period of at least 50 hours, though it can be longer if needed.

Assessment

After each lesson there will be a question paper which needs to be completed and submitted to your assessor for marking.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 180.7 hrs.

Qualifications

To gain the qualification you will need to successfully complete all the units in the course.
Please note: Online access is required in order to complete this course.

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Developing your career

After successfully completing your qualification you could apply for a teaching assistant position within a nursery, infant or junior school, special school, secondary school or independent school, earning up to £18,000*/year (*Source: Payscale.com, Sept 2012.)

What if I am already working as a teaching assistant?

You could gain a promotion. If you are already working as a teaching assistant upon completion of this qualification you maybe eligible to work without supervision, a promotion to Senior Teaching Assistant or Senior Special Educational Needs Assistant, and for an increase in pay.

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