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NA20 - Teaching Assistant - An Introduction

Course
Teaching Assistant - An Introduction
Description

SPECIAL PRICE £20 if you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment (conditions apply) – If this is you, contact us to book! If you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent/helper (those without children are very welcome) 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 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:
Session 1: SCHOOLS AS ORGANISATIONS
Session 2: EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Session 3: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Session 4: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
Session 5: UNDERSTAND YOUNG PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT
Session 6: UNDERSTAND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Session 7: UNDERSTAND CHILDREN’S PLAY
Session 8: CREATING DISPLAYS
Session 9: CONTRIBUTE TO TEAMWORK IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Session 10: IDENTIFYING PROGRESSION ROUTES and TECHNIQUES

Required Skills
You need a good basic level of English (spoken and written) for this course.
Teaching Method
Teaching methods may include: 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. Social distancing measures may prevent collaborative work.
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. This course allows you to gain new skills and is an identified progression route into accredited provision/further study or employment and learners will be given an insight into these opportunities. 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 obtain a DBS enhanced disclosure check (formerly the CRB check). This is usually organised by your place of work.
Textbook
Duration
10 weeks
Start Date
Monday Oct 5, 2020
Course Costs
£100.00
Timing-start
7:15 pm
Timing-end
9:15 pm
Course Code
NA20