Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
What is this course about?
The course provides the skills and knowledge required to work in a specialist support role within a school. It includes lesson planning, delivery and assessment techniques together with personal development and self-assessment strategies plus essential special needs support practices. You will spend a number of days each week within a real work environment where you can gain hands-on experience and apply your learning. English and Maths are integral to the course.
5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (new grade 4 or above) including English and ideally Maths
Relevant BTEC Level 2 Diploma
Appropriate NVQ Level 2 or Intermediate qualification
How is it taught
Taught sessions will be a variety of theory classes, discussions, workshops and practical activities to suit the learning styles of all learners. Learners will also gain practical experience in the workplace where they will be assessed by a college assessor. English and Maths will form an important part of your course as these are the skills we use in all aspects of study, work and everyday life.
How will I be assessed?
Learners will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. Learners will be assessed on their practical skills in the workplace environment by a college assessor.
What else do I need to know?
All learners will need to have a DBS check prior to the start of the course. Learners are expected to purchase and wear a uniform when in college and in the workplace.
What could I do next?
Progression routes could include moving on to a Foundation degree in a related subject or into work as a Senior Special Needs Assistant or similar.
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Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.
- Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.
- Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children.
- Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities.
- Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories.
- Looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons.
- Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom.
167 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||18.05%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||21.81%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||4.74%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||0.05%|
Educational support assistants
Educational support assistants work with teachers to provide one-to-one support for children with particular learning needs.
- Provides feedback to teachers and completes and maintains records.
- Attends to child.
- Helps and encourages child to communicate.
- Implements care programmes, as appropriate.
- Identifies signs of distress and offers reassurance.
- Helps child understand instruction through a variety of means and encourages self-confidence and independence.
- Supports schoolwork under teacher.
53 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||22.3%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||21.41%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||4.12%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||0.41%|