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. The programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to support learning across a range of educational institutions.
·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 self, 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.
Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September.
Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield.
This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College.
She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."
The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.