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.
Former animal welfare degree student Elizabeth Spinks says Derby College has given her the opportunity to expand her career into teaching.
Elizabeth, 26, used her qualification from the University of the West of England in a number of roles – educating animal lovers about cat care – but she felt she needed a more challenging job. She answered a Derby College advertisement and landed a part-time teaching position which led to a full time post at Broomfield Hall.
Elizabeth, from Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, teaches practical and theory in the care of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and alpacas. Describing her job as half assessor-trainer/half lecturer, Elizabeth mainly teaches school leavers. As part of her role she studied part-time after work in Education and Training at Levels 3 and 4 at the Roundhouse in Derby.
She praised the motivational and mentoring skills of the lecturers and said the classes were always "relatable" to the workplace. Now Elizabeth is taking her PGCE teaching qualification, while covering for a lecturer on maternity leave. Her aim is to "keep improving" and possibly to progress to become a full-time lecturer.
The lecturers were really good. They kept me really interested, especially after teaching full-time all day, and then going in during the evening: I imagine it’s quite hard work to motivate people.
I found it very good, and really interesting and it definitely increased my confidence a lot for teaching. All the modules were relatable and all the activities were really well planned.