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COURSE OVERVIEW
 

Our brand new “Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools” course is a competence based qualification suitable for all support staff roles in schools. The course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools. It prepares students to support the Teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and to acquire the skills of learning.

The course also helps to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge, and aims to deliver an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

It will develop your knowledge and understanding of all the critical areas you need in a school setting, including safeguarding of children, communication skills, and understanding the school context and environment.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 

Although the knowledge components required to pass the course have been designed specifically to be acquired by the distance learning method at your own pace from home, there is also a practical and competence based element to it.

In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to complete 8 tutor marked assignments and a minimum of 50 hours in a school setting.  In addition to this, you will need to produce an evidence portfolio, which is designed to 'pull together' your written assignment work and your practical work.

We strongly recommend that you arrange your placement before embarking on the course, as you will need to ensure that a teacher (or another member of staff who is qualified to at least Level 3 in a related field) will agree to be your supervisor and write witness statements confirming your competence, which will form part of your evidence portfolio.  Your supervisor will also need to confirm that you have completed the required number of hours and confirm that the evidence work you have produced whilst on placement is your own work.

Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange placements for you.
 
COURSE MATERIALS
 

One of the key benefits of studying with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively. The modular method of delivery favoured by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. It actively prevents students from moving faster through sections they are more confident with, or taking more time over the deeper concepts that require more thought and comprehension.

The Qualifications and Credit Framework is a system for recognising skills and qualifications at a national level by awarding credit for qualifications, and for smaller individual learning outcomes (or "units"), which can be "banked" to make up a larger or more inclusive accreditation. It is a very flexible system, which allows learners to gain qualifications at their own pace, and through routes such as distance learning which suit their own personal circumstances. QCF enables courses, qualifications and accreditations obtained by students in a wide variety of subject areas to be effectively "benchmarked" or measured against diverse and otherwise unrelated subjects according to difficulty and quantity of study time required. In this way, achievements can be recognised and rewarded through the award of credits and qualifications at a nationally recognised level, regardless of the subject matter studied.

There are three types of qualification:

1. Awards (1 to 12 credit units)

2. Certificates (13 to 36 credit units)

3. Diplomas (37 or more credit units)

Every unit and qualification has a credit value and a level. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of learning, which is the amount of time an average learner would take to complete a single unit. Levels indicate difficulty, and vary from entry-level (1), to the most advanced or highest level 8. To give the reader a broad comparator, GCSEs (A* to C) are level 2, GCE A-levels are level 3, and a Ph.D. is a level 8.

This Focus Awards Level 3 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Course attracts a Credit Value of 32 on the QCF system on successful completion.

LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE (FOCUS AWARDS ACCREDITED)
 

The course is accredited by Focus Awards, who are regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England.

NO FINAL EXAM . . . .
 

If the prospect of exams frightens the life out of you, there is even more good news. There is no final exam!

The low price of the course includes dedicated tutor support, regular critique and feedback, and all assignments are marked by one of our professional tutors. You can even pay by instalments if funds are tight.

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The course has eleven units, and students must successfully complete each unit. The Units are as follows:

Understanding Child and Young Person Development

Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety

Engage in Personal Development in Young People’s Settings

Support Learning Activities

Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

Support Assessment for Learning

Communication and Professional Relationships with Children

Young People and Adults

Schools as Organisations

Successful learners on this course will achieve the Focus Awards Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (QCF).

 

Once you have this certification you will be able to further enhance your employability in the sector, industry or area of interest by continuing your studies to the next level if you wish.

All our courses satisfy the requirements of the appropriate level of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). They recognise that the student has gained a good knowledge and understanding of a particular subject area, which is appropriate for many job roles. Many of them also result in qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), which carry credits that can be accumulated towards higher level qualifications.

Before enrolling on a course, students should make sure that they are following a course of study that results in formal recognition of their knowledge and skills by a reputable awarding body such as Focus Awards.

Can anyone do the course?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands of the course. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The course materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style.

In addition to the comprehensive course materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will I need to complete?

In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to complete 8 tutor marked assignments and a minimum of 50 hours in a school setting.  In addition to this, you will complete an evidence portfolio, which is designed to 'pull together' your written assignment work and your practical work.

We strongly recommend that you arrange your placement before embarking on the course, as you will need to ensure that a teacher (or another member of staff who is qualified to at least Level 3 in a related field) will agree to be your supervisor and write witness statements that will form part of your evidence portfolio.  Your supervisor will also need to confirm that you have completed the required number of hours and confirm that the evidence work you have produced whilst on placement is your own work.

Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange placements for you.

What’s actually in the course?
 
The course covers the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration, plus research to carry out. This will also help you to keep track of how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples in the course materials, but personal research is expected at this level, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is the course accredited?
 
This is a QCF qualification and carries 32 credits.  Successful learners on this course will achieve the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF).


What will I get from the course materials?
 
The course materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

What level is the course at?
 
The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course is a Level 3 qualification. Assignments are marked on a 'Pass' or 'Refer' basis. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on any necessary improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on reworking.

Certificates will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

How do I send in my work?
 
You submit your assignments one at a time for marking through our iLearn it Easy online portal. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review or rework the one you submitted.

What happens if I fail an assignment?
 
Don't worry, your tutor give you some pointers as to where you could improve, and will ask you to resubmit your assignment once you have reworked it.

What do I receive when I order the course?
 
We will send you ALL the course materials. This consists of a folder and Study Guide, plus a package of bonus materials and items to enhance your learning experience.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?
 
The course should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if you require more time. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, the course can be completed in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

There are generally no word counts given for the tutor marked assignments, but it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with the course. Many students start slowly at first, particularly if it's some time since they carried out any study, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Will the course help me get a job?

Focus Awards, the awarding body, is a highly respected organisation that imposes strict standards on its centres. Employers or further education providers should accept a  Focus Awards certificate.

Do I need a computer to take the course?

Yes, you will need access to email and the Internet to submit assignments and do research. You will also need to word process your assignments. If you do not have Microsoft Office (or a similar package), we recommend that students download Open Office , which is free to download and use.

Is the course paper-based or online?
 
The course is paper-based and comes in a sturdy folder. Alternatively, start your course immediately and save £££’s by studying exclusively online, with full access to your course materials and tutor support, studying has never been easier!

Why did you decide to become a teaching assistant?

I was initially working as a lunchtime supervisor at my son’s school; this was ideal for me as I had a daughter who was in nursery part-time, so the hours were ideal. When my daughter moved up to primary school, I wanted to spend more time working at the school as I really enjoyed working with the children and all of my colleagues.

I enrolled on a course to train to become a teaching assistant; I completed my theory work and carried out working as a lunchtime supervisor. The head teacher at the school was very supportive and let me assist in year 3, so I had the opportunity to work on a more one-to-one basis with the children and different members of staff.

I was very fortunate that a position was available at the school, so when I completed my training, I was offered the job.

What will I do?

Working as a teaching assistant will typically involve:

• Helping children who require extra support

• Carrying out administrative tasks (e.g. ordering supplies)

• Getting the classroom ready for lessons

• Clearing away equipment at the end of lessons

• Assist the teacher in managing class behaviour

How much can I expect to earn?

The starting salary for a teaching assistant is typically around £12,000 per year, although this will depend on the area of the country you are in, and the number of hours you work.

How many hours a week will I work?

Typical working hours are 30-40 per week.

Focus Awards Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

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COURSE OVERVIEW
 

Our brand new “Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools” course is a competence based qualification suitable for all support staff roles in schools. The course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools. It prepares students to support the Teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and to acquire the skills of learning.

The course also helps to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge, and aims to deliver an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

It will develop your knowledge and understanding of all the critical areas you need in a school setting, including safeguarding of children, communication skills, and understanding the school context and environment.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 

Although the knowledge components required to pass the course have been designed specifically to be acquired by the distance learning method at your own pace from home, there is also a practical and competence based element to it.

In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to complete 8 tutor marked assignments and a minimum of 50 hours in a school setting.  In addition to this, you will need to produce an evidence portfolio, which is designed to 'pull together' your written assignment work and your practical work.

We strongly recommend that you arrange your placement before embarking on the course, as you will need to ensure that a teacher (or another member of staff who is qualified to at least Level 3 in a related field) will agree to be your supervisor and write witness statements confirming your competence, which will form part of your evidence portfolio.  Your supervisor will also need to confirm that you have completed the required number of hours and confirm that the evidence work you have produced whilst on placement is your own work.

Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange placements for you.
 
COURSE MATERIALS
 

One of the key benefits of studying with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively. The modular method of delivery favoured by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. It actively prevents students from moving faster through sections they are more confident with, or taking more time over the deeper concepts that require more thought and comprehension.

The Qualifications and Credit Framework is a system for recognising skills and qualifications at a national level by awarding credit for qualifications, and for smaller individual learning outcomes (or "units"), which can be "banked" to make up a larger or more inclusive accreditation. It is a very flexible system, which allows learners to gain qualifications at their own pace, and through routes such as distance learning which suit their own personal circumstances. QCF enables courses, qualifications and accreditations obtained by students in a wide variety of subject areas to be effectively "benchmarked" or measured against diverse and otherwise unrelated subjects according to difficulty and quantity of study time required. In this way, achievements can be recognised and rewarded through the award of credits and qualifications at a nationally recognised level, regardless of the subject matter studied.

There are three types of qualification:

1. Awards (1 to 12 credit units)

2. Certificates (13 to 36 credit units)

3. Diplomas (37 or more credit units)

Every unit and qualification has a credit value and a level. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of learning, which is the amount of time an average learner would take to complete a single unit. Levels indicate difficulty, and vary from entry-level (1), to the most advanced or highest level 8. To give the reader a broad comparator, GCSEs (A* to C) are level 2, GCE A-levels are level 3, and a Ph.D. is a level 8.

This Focus Awards Level 3 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Course attracts a Credit Value of 32 on the QCF system on successful completion.

LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE (FOCUS AWARDS ACCREDITED)
 

The course is accredited by Focus Awards, who are regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England.

NO FINAL EXAM . . . .
 

If the prospect of exams frightens the life out of you, there is even more good news. There is no final exam!

The low price of the course includes dedicated tutor support, regular critique and feedback, and all assignments are marked by one of our professional tutors. You can even pay by instalments if funds are tight.

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