The Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools – Level 2 Course is available to learners 16+ who are interested in working within a school, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a competence based qualification which requires students to be employed in a school setting or to have voluntary placement.

This course provides successful students with a Level 2 Certificate Qualification listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Database with 30 credits.

The qualification provides comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills to support teaching effectively and will be suited to people beginning, or relatively new, to teaching support. A level 3 option is also available for students who have a greater knowledge of or are working towards Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status.

The Level 2 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Qualification is a nationally recognised study programme designed for people who support the teaching and learning of pupils as teaching assistants, classroom assistants, and volunteers. The qualification provides comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills to support teaching effectively and will be suited to people beginning, or relatively new, to teaching support.

This distance learning course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools, and provide an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively and in a self-directed way.

This course also prepares learners to support the Teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning. It seeks to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

Work Placement Requirements: Students will need to have a placement in a school or educational setting in which to gather evidence of skills and learning, and you will need to nominate a workplace supervisor who will oversee your practical evidence gathering. It is recommended that students have a work placement for the duration of their studies. This could be a full time position or a voluntary position of 1 or 2 mornings, afternoons or days per week.

This is a competence based qualification suitable for all roles in schools, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.

The Course Covers the Following 11 Mandatory Units:-

  • Unit 1 - Child and Young Person Development

This unit explores: The main stages of child and young person development; The kinds of influences that affect children and young people’s development; and The potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development.

  • Unit 2 - Support Learning Activities

This unit explores: How to support the teacher in planning learning activities; How to prepare for, support and evaluate learning activities; How to observe and report on learner participation and progress; and How to evaluate own practice in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT.

  • Unit 3 - Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

This unit explores: Legislative guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety; What to do when children or young people are ill or injured, including emergency procedures; and How to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed or bullied.

  • Unit 4 - Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

This unit explores: How to interact with and respond to children and young people; How to interact with and respond to adults; How to communicate with children, young people and adults; and Current legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, data protection.

  • Unit 5 - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

This unit explores: The importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children and young people; The impact of prejudice and discrimination on children and young people; and The inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people.

  • Unit 6 - Help Improve Own and Team Practice in Schools

This unit explores: How to reflect and improve own practice; and How to support the work of the team.

  • Unit 7 - Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People

This unit explores: How to communicate with children and young people; Developing and maintaining relationships with children and young people; and Supporting relationships between children and young people and others in the setting.

  • Unit 8 - Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety

This unit explores: The legislative and policy framework for health and safety; How to recognise and manage risks to children and young people’s health, safety and security; How to support children and young people to assess and manage risk; and How to respond to emergency situations.

  • Unit 9 - Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

This unit explores: The policies and procedures of the setting for promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour; How to support positive behaviour; and How to respond to inappropriate behaviour.

  • Unit 10 - Schools as Organisations

This unit explores: The different types of schools in the education sector; How schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibility; How schools uphold their aims and values; The laws and codes of practice that affect work in schools; The range and purpose of school policies and procedures; and The wider context in which schools operate.

  • Unit 11 - Prepare and Maintain Learning Environments

This unit explores: How to prepare learning environments; How to prepare learning materials; and How to monitor and maintain learning environments.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements, although you cannot complete this course unless you have a suitable placement for collecting your work-based evidence for the course assignments. This placement could be full time, part time or voluntary.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning against each of the assessment criteria of the course. Portfolios are assessed by a tutor. Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a competent person in the workplace hence students must be employed in a school or arrange and complete a work experience placement.

Qualification:

The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Qualification issued by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

This qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF Qualification No. 601/2726/0). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification and has 30 credits.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

TQUK is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government. Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. The course is assessed and supported by Kendal Publishing, a licensed TQUK centre. TQUK qualifications are designed by leading professionals and delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance in mind. TQUK have rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures in place and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment.

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