Support Teaching and Learning in Schools
Working in education is rewarding, challenging and exciting. Teachers aren't the only ones who make a difference to learning as teaching assistants also play a vital role in providing developmental and emotional support.
Teaching assistants work closely with teachers, carrying out duties to include lesson preparation, working with small groups or individuals, helping with school outings or reading to the class. There may also be the opportunity to specialise in certain areas of the curriculum.
Who are these qualifications for?
Level 2 support teaching is intended for someone new to the role with little or no previous schools experience. Level 3 is designed for someone more established within their role with more classroom responsibility. Classroom responsibilities can also be supplemented by supervising lunch and break times, breakfast or after school clubs or similar work with small groups.
What are the entry requirements?
In order to start a support teaching qualification, candidates must have a work placement. The position should ideally be for at least 30 hours per week. If you are already employed, working requirements can be negotiated depending on existing experience.
Personal qualities required to work in this sector
If you’re already working as a teaching assistant, chances are you will possess many of the personal qualities required for this role. The nature of the work means that teaching assistants must have excellent people skills with the ability to communicate with a range of different age groups.
Creativity and enthusiasm, whilst remaining patient, mature and professional are often requirements, which demonstrate the diversity that comes with being a teaching assistant. Good organisational skills are essential in order to cope with the elements of multi-tasking often involved.
Qualification information & content
How long will it take to complete?
The Level 2 qualification will take between 12 to 15 months to complete. At Level 3, candidates can expect to complete in 12 to 18 months. Completion times may vary and are dependent on a range of factors including candidate ability, previous experience and working hours.
How will the qualifications be achieved?
Qualifications are largely work-based. Candidates will have an assessor who will visit them at work on a regular basis to document progress through observations, discussions and witness testimonies from managers. Depending on your current circumstances some individuals will just work towards the vocational qualification, whilst others may work towards an Apprenticeship.
After completing a Level 2 qualification in a teaching assistant role, there will be lot of opportunities for progression in your career. Level 3 may allow you to specialise in a certain area such as behaviour and welfare support.
Achieving a level 3 qualification will open up your doors further. You may be able to access a foundation degree with a view to progressing onto a degree in primary teaching whilst remaining employed at your school.
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