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Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Despite the market for Teaching Assistants growing consistently, with new people entering the profession almost daily, there is still a shortage of appropriately trained individuals to take up the available places. In terms of job prospects, there are few roles to compete.

However, competition is fierce. Although demand continues to outstrip supply, schools are constantly looking out for applicants who have already completed training or study in the subject, so that they don't have to supply it.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

Unit 1: Child Development

Stages of Development
Physical Development
Intellectual development
Emotional Development
Social Development
Factors which affect growth and development
Key transitions in a child's life

Unit 2: Safeguarding Children

Child Protection Timeline
Legislation
Common Assessment Framework
Local Safeguarding Children Boards
Safeguarding Children and Child Protection
Child Protection Plan
Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)
Emergency Protection Orders
Care and Supervision Orders
Social Policy and Social Exclusion
Child Poverty
Child Protection Issues
Child Abuse
Parental Mental Health

Unit 3: Supporting Children and Young People's Health and Safety

Health and Safety

 

Unit 4: Personal Development

Goal Setting and Personal Development

Unit 5: Supporting Learning Activities

Learning Objectives
Planning
Communicating with Pupils
Supporting Bilingual / Multilingual Pupils
Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs
Use of ICT
Supporting Pupils with Specific Needs

Unit 6: Developing and Maintaining Positive Working Relationships

Communication between parents and school
Communicating with Colleagues and other Professionals

Unit 7: Promoting Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Work With Children & Young People

Diversity

Unit 8: Schools as Organisations

Schools
Types of Secondary School
The National Curriculum Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
Administrative Tasks

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Who is this for?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. 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 learning 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 learning 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 cover?

Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is it accredited?

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

What will my studies prepare me for?

The learning 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.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. 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 and rework the one you submitted.

What do I receive once I enrol?

You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

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.

Monthly Subscription Plans

We have a number of innovative subscription plans available to sort all budgets and support needs.

Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Despite the market for Teaching Assistants growing consistently, with new people entering the profession almost daily, there is still a shortage of appropriately trained individuals to take up the available places. In terms of job prospects, there are few roles to compete.

However, competition is fierce. Although demand continues to outstrip supply, schools are constantly looking out for applicants who have already completed training or study in the subject, so that they don't have to supply it.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

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