The course will cover the National Occupational Standards for Teaching Assistants. Learners will provide evidence of knowledge and developing practice, as well as evidence of their work in school, including: school procedure and policy, equality, diversity and inclusion, child development, health and safety, communication and developing relationships, promoting positive behaviour and improving own and team practice. Learners will also study specialist optional units and be supported to study units which reflect their role within school.
You will achieve the City and Guilds 5329 Specialist Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.
Assessment is completed throughout the course. There is no exam at the end of the course.
There are 18 taught sessions once a fortnight with 6 sessions of home study. Your completed portfolio will consist of a number of assignments and written evidence to demonstrate your practice and knowledge. It will also include three observations of your practice in school as a Teaching Assistant. Feedback is regularly provided by your tutor via the online portfolio system. You should anticipate approximately 6 hours of self-study per week. A variety of teaching methods are used throughout the course including discussions, group activities and demonstrations.
You must be volunteering or employed as a teaching assistant in a school for a minimum of 16 hours per week. If you have previously gained your Level 2 qualification with Norfolk Community Learning Services we will accept 10 hours per week. You must have agreed with the staff in the school that they are willing to mentor you through the qualification.
Bring a pen and paper to each taught session.
All of the fees we charge are based on the level of government subsidy we get for you as a learner. We get these subsidies from the Education & Skills Funding Agency, a central government agency that is responsible for funding schools as well as adult learning. The level of subsidy we get is based on a combination of the type and the level of course that it is and your personal situation (how long you have lived in the EU for, your age and employment status, etc.). Some courses are fully subsidised so you do not have to pay anything, others are partly subsidised and some have no government subsidy whatsoever so are funded entirely from your course fees.
Don't worry if you are in any doubt as to how much you will need to pay as we will invite you to an information session before the course begins. At this session we will discuss all aspects of the course with you including fees.
You will achieve the City and Guilds 5329 Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in schools. It is usually a requirement that most schools have when employing teaching assistants. Assessment is completed throughout the course and there is no exam at the end of the course
Many of our learners move on to do our Cover Supervisor course or our HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) course.
We highly recommend updating your English and maths skills by achieving your functional skills. These courses can be completed online and then attending the exam at one of our venues when your tutor says that you are ready.
All of the courses that we run and are available for you to apply for are advertised on our website: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/adult-learning/courses
The easiest route for you to apply for a course is online. If this is your first time applying then you need to set up an account, otherwise you can simply log in using your email address or learner reference number and your password.
For Leisurestream and Community Learning courses you can enrol yourself directly onto the course and make your payment using a debit or credit card.
For our English and maths courses you can enrol yourself online onto the course and no payment is required as these are generally free. Once you have enrolled onto the course the tutor will be in touch with you to discuss the course and to give you the joining instructions.
For qualification courses you can apply online and we will invite you to attend a pre-course information session. At this session one of our tutors will discuss the course with you and make sure that it is exactly what you are expecting and make sure that you will get the outcome you want.
You can call us on 0344 800 8020 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm where one of our Customer Service Advisors will be able to help you to enrol or apply for your course. We have a dedicated phone number with specially trained staff if you want to apply for an English or maths course so to apply please call us on 01603 306530.
You may be eligible for a Loan Bursary if an Advance Learner Loan has been approved by the Student Loan Company
This can assist you with:
Childcare costs, materials and resources, travel costs etc.
To speak to a member of our Learner Services Team with regards to any of the above