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This nationally-recognised Level 3 teaching support qualification is the perfect way to demonstrate to employers that you are the ideal candidate for a teaching assistant position.
Not only will this online course give you the confidence to support teachers in their day-to-day jobs, but it will also teach you the key skills and techniques that you need to be a great teaching assistant and help pupils reach their full academic potential.
This Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate is the only complete online TA course that will prepare you to work with confidence in any classroom, be it in a primary, secondary or even a special needs school.
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With this excellent qualification, you will cover everything included in the Level 3 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, as well as an additional 4 modules that explore the teaching profession further. You will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to support teaching and learning and will stand out to future employers as a result.
Unit 1: Schools as organisations
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
To achieve this qualification all students must assist in a classroom for at least 50 hours. This can be achieved either through paid work or voluntary work experience, although there must be sufficient evidence gained to fulfil the qualification requirements. All work experience must take place in a school setting.
Any type of school that teaches children from the age of 4 to 15 is permissible, except for the following:
● After-school clubs
● Distance learning colleges
● Sunday schools
The placement is compulsory for this course and students are responsible for arranging their work experience.
Along with the first set of course materials, you will also receive a comprehensive course guide. This will outline the placement requirements, how to set it up and the type of activities that will be assessed, including examples of the paperwork that you will submit to your assessor for evidence.
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.
On successful completion of our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) course you will receive a qualification listed on the RQF at level 3 (Qualification Reference Number: 501/0476/7). This course has also been assigned 44 credits.
NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.
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NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.
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We offer over 650 home study courses for you to choose from, with an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the UK.
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All of our qualifications have different awarding bodies, and depending on the subject, they will meet different criteria depending on the level of the qualification and its content.We typically use the OFQUAL register to help us benchmark our courses and ensure the education you receive is up to the relevant industry standards. If you would like to check a specific qualification, please contact one of our helpful advisers by calling 01202 006 464.
Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.
Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.
Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.
Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.
We encourage and welcome international students to join our learning community.All of our courses are specifically designed to be delivered via distance education and home study, so you can complete your course from anywhere in the world. Some courses relate specifically to UK practice and legislation and in these cases all work must be presented accordingly. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or campus, unless your course has a 'practical' element to it.