Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants 2020-10-14T08:46:00+00:00

CALAT is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all learners and staff, therefore delivery methods* of courses will be using blended learning techniques complying with government guidelines for social distancing in relation to Covid 19.

This may mean that your course content could be totally online or a combination of both classroom and online delivery. Initial assessments and enrolments will also be online or processed over the telephone using an online payment app. 

*It is important to note, with such a fast moving situation, any delivery may be subject to change and updated in accordance with government guidelines in relation to Covid 19.

Our Teaching Assistant courses are delivered by staff with a range of educational backgrounds and experiences. You will gain an understanding of the rewards and expectations of working within a school environment.

Our classes include fun and challenging activities such as: reflections on practice, case studies, individual and team presentations, role play and researching relevant legislation and policies.

In addition, you will undertake a work placement where you will gain practical experience of how to effectively support learning activities. This will complement the skills and knowledge you will develop throughout the course and fully prepare you for employment in an educational setting.

We offer the following courses:

Qualification level and title

C & G Entry 3 Award in Employability Skills Ascentis Entry 3 Extended Award in English Skills Ascentis Level 1 Extended Award in English Skills

What will I learn?

· Develop skills and awareness to start a career caring and supporting others

· Improve English skills to enable learners to join L1 courses

· Decide medium/long term goals and next steps

· Understand more about the different courses you could progress to in Work in Schools, Early Years and Care.

Subject/topics covered:

During the course you will be exploring the following areas: EQ & diversity Identity, culture, society- a bit of it Interpersonal skills and assertiveness Learning styles, education experience Study skills Caring for others- risk vs independence Safeguarding awareness Parenting, culture, difference, values, beliefs

Self/peer assessment

Progression

Level 1 Award Preparing to Work in Schools – providing you have achieved, or are working at, level 1 in your writing.

L1 Award in Caring for Children

For more information and to enrol on the course click here

Qualification Level and Title

C&G (City & Guilds) Entry 3 Certificate in Employability Skills & Ascentis Level 1 Extended Award in English Skills

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

· Prepare effectively for voluntary work in schools

· Make an informed decision about the right course to suit your career and training needs

· Identify the skills and qualities that you could offer as a teaching assistant or another chosen area of employment

Topics covered:

· The role of the teaching assistant

· Planning for progression

· Effective communication

· Team work

· Safe learning in the workplace

· Learner project

· Attitudes and values for personal and professional development

What extra work I need to do outside the classroom?

Completion of assignment tasks. Read articles on current developments in education and an optional school visit to observe a lesson.

Progression opportunities

You can progress to the OCR Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools once you have achieved your level 1 in English and fulfilled the selection criteria.

For more information and to enrol on the course click here

Qualification level and title

C&G Support Work in Schools – Level 2 C&G Award in Employability Skills – Level 1 OCN Prevent Duty Awareness – Level 1

What will I learn?

The course aims to help you to: – Develop knowledge and understanding of how schools in England are structured and how they function within legal guidelines – Prepare for employment as a member of the school support staff

Subject / topics covered?

L2 Award in Support Work in Schools comprises of 5 Units: • Child and young person development • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people • Communication and professional relationships with children • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children • Schools as organisations – how schools in England are organised Level 1 Award in Employability Skills Level 1 Award in PREVENT duty awareness

Progression Opportunities

L2 Understanding specific Learning Difficulties

OR

L3 Specialist Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (providing you are in placement or employed in a school)

For more information and to enrol on the course click here

Qualification level & Title:

· Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

· C&G Award in Employability Skills – Level 2

What will I learn:

· knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties

· How to recognise Specific Learning Difficulties and explore appropriate support for individuals.

By the end of the course:

You will have skills and knowledge to support working with children and young people with learning difficulties .

Topics Covered:

· Understand Specific Learning Difficulties

· Understand the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties

· Understand the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties

· Understanding supporting individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties

· Understand the context of Specific Learning Difficulties

Progression Opportunities

Once you have completed the Certificate at level 2 .

Progression could be onto a level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning course

To find out more on how to enrol on this course please contact Tracey Bishop: tracy.Bishop5@croydon.gov.uk

Qualification level & Title:

C&G Specialist Diploma in supporting Teaching and Learning – Level 3

Who is the course for?

The course is a progression route from:

  • L2 Support Work in Schools
  • L2 Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
  • You will need to be employed or in placement 2 days per week to be offered a place on this course.

By the end of the course:

You will have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to work as part of the support team as a Teaching Assistant.

Topics Covered

  • Communication & professional relationships with children, young people & adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children & young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people & adults
  • Promote equality, diversity & inclusion in work with children & young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Understand child & young person development
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s & young people’s settings
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children & young people
  • Support children & young people’s health & safety

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this course:

You would be able to apply for a teaching degree, providing you have English and Maths to level 2 or GCSE C or above.

If your Tutor has recommended you for this course – contact Tracey Bishop for more detail tracy.Bishop5@croydon.gov.uk

For general information on Teaching Assistant courses or to apply, please email childrensworkforce@croydon.gov.uk or call in to a CALAT centre for an application form.