Are you looking to start your learning journey in supporting teaching and learning in a school, college or other provider by gaining an entry level qualification? Or are you maybe looking for a new career? Do you feel you have the necessary study skills and professional behaviours to embark on a course leading to a vocational starting point?
This course is a fantastic introduction to supporting the education and development of young people in schools and colleges. It is the first step on the ladder to developing your knowledge and understanding of what is involved with enhancing the learning experience in educational settings. The course leads to a variety of other programmes that could allow you to become qualified as a teaching assistant.
This qualification is an introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed to work in a school or college environment. It can apply to the many varied roles that full and part-time support staff may fulfil, including administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteering, as well as roles that work directly with children and young people in the learning environment.
With DCG you will have access to a wealth of support and additional courses that can complement your career development. If you need to gain a grade C or equivalent in GCSE English and/or Maths, you can work towards that here at College.
You will enjoy free access to our library and our online resources. You will receive training in accessing these. Additional support is on offer for you as needed.
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
· A commitment and interest in education support
· A good standard of written and spoken English
Education Support Workers work in Primary, Special, Secondary and Further Education and across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities.
By being introduced to the key principles and knowledge of being an Education Support Worker you can begin promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem, playing an integral part in pupils’ wellbeing and ensuring they thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment.
Education Support Workers play an active role in supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings, and contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours is crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
You will develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviours holistically during this course, and use your work placement to practise what you learn. Your work in a variety of learning environments with children, young people or adults is critical in enabling you to develop confidence, understanding and practice. Alongside this, you will work towards your Level 2 qualification, thematically studying the following units:
· Understanding Schools and Colleges as Organisations
· Understanding Children and Young People's Development
· Understanding Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
· Understanding Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
· Safeguarding Children and Young People
· Understanding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in work with Children and Young People
You will be assessed through a range of individual and group tasks, presentations, written tasks, professional discussions, observation of your practice in your school or college, reflective practice and continuous professional development. Assessment is continuous and is designed to develop your academic and communication skills, and build your confidence.
You will only need to provide stationery, including:
· 20 dividers
· Lever arch file to build a professional portfolio of practice
· Notebook and pens
· A4 plastic files to submit assignments
· Secure progress to a formal Teaching Assistant qualification, with the requirement of gaining valuable hands-on experience on placement
· Prepare for an Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools contract with a school or other educational provider
Derby College student Bethany Heyman never expected to get her first job as a teaching assistant at the first attempt.
Bethany, who is due to gain her Level 3 Teaching and Learning Assistant qualification in the next few weeks, applied for her newrole at a local primary school purely for the interview practice.
She knew she was up against applicants with much more experience and didn't think for one minute that she would be offered the job. But Bethany, who had been on a TA placement at another school, was successful and starts her new role at Howitt Primary School in Heanor after Easter.
Bethany, who is 26 and from Smalley, previously worked as a beauty therapist but decided on a change of career after having her daughter, who is now eight.
She wanted a job with hours which fitted in with being a mum, and she had always fancied working in a school.
Being a TA is very rewarding. I Iove seeing the progress the children have made and knowing that I've had some input in getting them to that stage. My hours of work are also much better now and It's lovely having more time to spend with my daughter.
I'm really grateful to my Derby College tutors for their knowledge and for all the support they've given me. I'd definitely recommend the course.