Are you passionate about developing educational opportunities for future generations? Would you like to support teachers and other professionals to improve educational opportunities for children and young people from Year 1 upwards? Do you wish to build your expertise in your current role and possibly progress to become a higher-level teaching assistant? Then this is the course for you.
Derby College has an excellent track record for high-calibre, inclusive teaching and learning. We strive for excellence and deliver superb lessons, support and feedback as well as providing you with continuous professional development.
Completing a qualification with us gives you a FULL diploma, exclusive access to high-quality course resources, library and career development services, as well as a busy Student Union with all the benefits and discounts that come with membership. We have good links with local schools and offer a progression event every year so you can plan the next steps in your career.
A course completed with Derby College sets you a cut above the rest. Our reputation for developing excellent teaching assistants is very good, and our pass rate is always over 95%.
What are the benefits?
You must be aged 19 or over and have evidence of:
Our course is roll on / roll off and start dates are determined by the commencement of a new module. You can apply at any time of the year.
·Schools and colleges as organisations
·Support positive behaviour in children and young people
·Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
·Understand how children and young people develop
·Support children and young people during transitions
·Support children and young people during learning activities
·Understand how to support the learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
·Understand how to support bilingual learners
·Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
·Support health and safety in a learning environment
·Understand how to safeguard children and young people
·Support the use of ICT in a learning environment
·Support English and Math skills
·Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people
·Support assessment for learning
·Engage in personal and professional development
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, group tasks, written tasks, professional discussions, assessment of skills during observations of your practice in your school, reflective practice and continuous professional development.
·Lever arch file to build professional portfolio of practice
·Notebook and pens
·A4 plastic files to submit assignments
Please do not purchase plastic wallets or tippex as these are not allowed.
Once you have completed the Diploma, you can:
PE teacher Leah Kellogg is pleased to be back at the school where she first worked as a teaching assistant seven years ago.
Leah was among six TA apprentices who took part in a pilot programme run by Bemrose School and Derby College in 2011 – and the experience convinced her to go into teaching.
As someone who loves sport, Leah specialised in supporting students with PE activities, and after her apprenticeship, went on to the University of Derby to train as a teacher.
Leah, whose sister is Olympic badminton player Donna Kellogg, plays a lot of sport outside school.
She keeps goal for Derby County FC and is also an all-rounder with Derbyshire County Cricket team.
She added: "It's tiring sometimes going out to train when I get home from school but playing for both teams helps in my job. The students seem to like that I play cricket and football for the county. They can see for themselves that if you work hard at your sport you can achieve that level."
I enjoyed my TA placement and found that it really helped me prepare for university. I liked that the course was interactive and very hands-on. I much prefer being active rather than stuck in a classroom.
The lecturers at Derby College were very helpful and regularly came out to Bemrose to watch us give our classes.