Derby College Group offers a range of high-quality teacher assistant and learner support training programmes. Our Academy of Professional Education is continually considered to be outstanding in ensuring our trainees achieve positive destinations into education roles, the world of work and progression to further study.
Are you ready to take your first steps to a new career supporting children, young people and/or adults to make good progress with their education? Is the time right for you now to build your career?
Our new ‘Step Into’ programme will provide you with a useful insight into educational support, the rewards it can bring and the career routes available. You will be prepared and ready for your next steps towards a full qualification in Learning Support and an exciting and challenging career. It will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to support learning across a range of educational institutions.
What are the benefits to you?
·Knowledge of specific educational policy applicable to the role.
·Interview and employability skills
·English, Maths and digital skills
·Developing effective communication with other professionals
·An interest in working in an educational setting to enhance learning or support the development of pupils and/or students
·A desire to succeed and become a qualified teaching assistant or educational support worker
Course content includes:
The programme will be delivered by our experienced specialist learning support team in a once-a-week session. Teaching is designed to support you to build your confidence, so you are ready and motivated to take the next step. By completing this course, you will receive a College Achievement Certificate, and this will help you progress your career.
You will be assessed through completion of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with agreed specific tasks that might include short pieces of written work, group discussion, a mock interview, participation in group discussions, reflections on developing oneself, and even collaborative presentations. Working with your teacher, you will adapt your ILP tasks to match your starting points, career aspirations and current level of skills.
Progress to a Level 2 Award or Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning
Consider gaining an apprentice position in Supporting Teaching and Learning to earn whilst you learn
Taking a diploma course via Derby College's Academy of Professional Education Training and Development, reminded teaching assistant Laura Stevens just how much she loves learning. Laura, a business studies and marketing graduate, used to work in marketing at a Derby-based medical firm, but decided to change career after having children.
She had always been interested in education so she started volunteering at her children's primary school in Quarndon – a role which led to a permanent job as a teaching assistant. On the recommendation of the school, Laura enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course at the Roundhouse and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although fitting in study with raising her two children and working part-time was "a juggling act", Laura finds her new career very rewarding. It is, she says, the perfect choice for herself and her family, and Laura is now looking forward to studying for her Level 4 qualification.
My lecturer, Lynn was amazing – very friendly and supportive. Most of the people on my course were also parents with young families and our tutors understood the pressures we were under.
I loved studying – it was lovely to be back learning again – and I also liked learning with other people, who, like me, had taken a break and were now returning to work.
We set up our own WhatsApp group so we could help each other with our coursework. It’s a great course and I can’t recommend it highly enough.