Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools - CACHE Level 2 Certificate (RQF) Course

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Gain a CACHE Level 2 Teaching Assistant Qualification

The Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools - CACHE Level 2 Certificate (RQF) 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.

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. There is a level 3 course option which is also available, particularly for students who have a greater knowledge of teaching support or are working towards a 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 the 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.

This course provides successful students with a CACHE Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 30 credits. This is a vocational qualification suitable for employment in Level 2 Teaching Assistant positions.

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 the placement for the duration of their studies. This could be a full-time position or a voluntary position of one or two 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.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the work placement requirements.

The Course includes the following units:

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit explores: How to reflect and improve own practice; and How to support the work of the team.
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.
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.
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.
This unit explores: How to prepare learning environments; How to prepare learning materials; and How to monitor and maintain learning environments.

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 & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


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.

CACHE Level 2 Certificate Qualification

The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion, students will be awarded a Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Qualification issued by CACHE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (Qualification No. 501/0031/2). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 30 credits.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

CACHE are a national awarding body who offer high-quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK’s leading sector specialist. Established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB). In 1994 the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE. They offer a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. This course is purchased through Distance Learning Centre, a partner of Kendal Publishing. The delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by Kendal Publishing who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

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