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
Former teaching assistant Catherine Connolly says qualifying as a teacher with Derby College has allowed her to work smarter, with more flexibility and on better pay.
A puppeteer and performer, Catherine, 52, said signing up for DCG’s part-time Post 14/19 Level 7 PGCE was the “best thing I have ever done.”
She now works three days a week for DCG, teaching English Functional Skills to adults. Catherine has upskilled from a specialist teaching assistant role at an independent school for alternative provision. She hopes to have a better work life balance, with more time for her puppetry.
After school Catherine took a BA Hons Degree in English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. She also discovered the world of puppetry and performance, enjoying it so much that she followed it as a career. For many years Catherine went into schools and other venues as a creative practitioner.
Catherine liked working in schools and with the arrival of austerity impacting on her puppetry work, she became a teaching assistant, initially on supply. She realised she needed to upskill as a mature student to progress and after much consideration bit the bullet and signed up for her PGCE. Catherine landed her job having just finished her course.
She said: “It’s a massive change to work with adults, but I’m enjoying it. I’m telling everyone, get your PGCE! I’ve upskilled myself and I’ve got more time now to get involved in puppetry, fingers crossed. It’s an increase in salary, which is important. It’s given me the opportunity to work less and work smarter. I don’t want to be a principal or anything, but I do want to have that flexibility.”
Without the college, I wouldn’t have got where I am.