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

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Self-Study Time:Approximately 220 Hours (Self-Study)
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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 or college, 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 or college 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 32 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:

This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school or college. It covers knowledge and understanding of the school and college organisational structure and function.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different types of schools and colleges in the education sector
  • Understand the organisation of schools and colleges in terms of roles and responsibilities.
  • Understand how schools and colleges uphold their aims and values.
  • Know about the range and purpose of school and college policies and procedures.

The aim of this unit is to explore holistic development. The unit will also consider effects on development and the role of the support worker to support the child and young person when concerns are raised about an individual’s development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand significant stages of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years of age
  • Understand the kinds of influences that affect children and young people’s development.
  • Understand the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development.
  • Understand child protection procedures.
  • Know about current policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection.

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required for safeguarding children and young people.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know about safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
  • Understand action to take when children and young people are ill or injured, including emergency procedures.
  • Understand child protection procedures.
  • Know about current policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection.

This unit provides knowledge and understanding of policies and practices to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of promoting equality and diversity in a learning environment.
  • Understand how to contribute to the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

This unit covers the skills required to maintain relationships with children and young people. It requires demonstration of skills in communicating with children and young people, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with children and young people and others in the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand effective communication with children and young people.
  • Understand positive relationships with children and young people.
  • Be able to build and maintain professional relationships with children and young people and others in a learning environment.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support the health and safety of children and young people. It requires demonstration of skills in recognising and dealing with risks in the work setting, as well as supporting children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand health and safety legislation in a learning environment
  • Be able to contribute to health and safety in a learning environment.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s positive behaviour in the learning environment. It requires demonstration of skills in supporting positive behaviour and responding to behaviour that challenges.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour in a learning environment.
  • Be able to support positive behaviour.
  • Be able to respond to inappropriate behaviour.

This unit provides knowledge and understanding as well as skills application in relation to how to contribute to teamwork in the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand teamwork in a learning environment.
  • Be able to contribute to teamwork.
  • Be able to support the work of the team.

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support children and young people’s play and leisure

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the nature and importance of play and leisure.
  • Understand own role in relation to play, leisure and extra-curricular activities.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to promote an effective learning environment by supporting learning activities in different learning situations. It requires competence in assisting with the planning and supporting of the delivery of learning activities. It requires competence in monitoring the progress of children and young people in the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to support the teacher in planning learning activities.
  • Be able to support learning activities.
  • Be able to monitor children and young people’s participation and progress.
  • Be able to support the evaluation of learning activities.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to provide displays in schools and colleges. It requires demonstration of skill in designing, setting up, maintaining and dismantling displays as well as involving learners in the design and development of displays.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to plan displays for a learning environment.
  • Be able to display information.
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 & 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.

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.

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 Level 2 Qualification issued by CACHE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (Qualification No. 603/2476/4). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 32 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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