NA150 - Teaching Assistant - An Introduction

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Course Teaching Assistant - An Introduction

If you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent helper in developing the requisite skills and competencies which are needed to work effectively in the primary education setting. This course is free-standing but is good preparation if you would like to move on to undertake the QCF qualification in supporting learning in the classroom in the primary phase. You will gain an understanding of key aspects needed for successful integration into the classroom delivery team and the impact that this may have on your work with children. You will be introduced to the skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to your practice and to understand the importance of diversity within the classroom. Ways in which to develop your professional practice will also be considered as will some of the fundamental skills in working with children in activities and the techniques used to make basic observations of their progress.
During the course you will look at:
1. The scope of the TA’s role, responsibilities and boundaries
2. Anti-discrimination practice
3. The basics of working effectively with the teacher
4. Some communication techniques
5. Issues of learner-independence
6. The basic SPICE sequence of child development
7. Types of play
8. Child observation methods
9. The skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to practice
10. Progression routes

Required Skills Level 2 reading and writing skills (i.e. to GCSE standard). If you do not have this level of English please contact us as we can help you find a suitable course to improve your English skills. On booking, please advise if you have any work experience (paid or voluntary) in the sector as this will help us in our planning.
Teaching Method Table-top exercises e.g. Flash cards; worksheets; mini-lectures; pair, small group and whole group learning conversations; discussions; peer assessment; case-studies; role-play.
Outcomes You will have been introduced to the necessary skills and techniques that will enable you to progress into further study or to work effectively in the primary education setting.
Materials required Please bring pens and paper and a ring binder.
Homework required You may be asked to complete short tasks such as reading an article or completing a worksheet in order to prepare for the next session.
Assessment At the start of the course you will be given your own individual learning plan. Your tutor will record your entry level and together you will track your progress and achievements.
Progression to We will support learners to make informed choices about their next steps by providing appropriate individual and/or group information, advice, and/or guidance tailored to need and desired outcomes. You could apply to volunteer at a local school as a volunteer helper. If you have GCSE grade C and above qualifications and a regular volunteering or paid role, you could consider the Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification. Please note: Before you start your placement working with children you will be required to pass a DBS enhanced disclosure check (formerly the CRB check). This is usually organised by your place of work.
Duration 8 weeks
Start Date Monday Oct 1, 2018
Course Costs £80.00
Concessions £64.00
Timing-start 10:00 am
Timing-end 12:00 pm
Course Code NA150
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