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Teaching Assistant: Introduction to the Role Level 1 - OCN

Tuesday 16 April 2019
13:00 - 15:00
20 Hours / 10 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

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£171.00 Course symbols: * Q

Course description

Thinking about becoming a Teaching Assistant but not quite sure how to start? You do not need to be currently working or volunteering to do this course which is designed to stimulate interest and encourage understanding of the skills and qualifications needed to start on your career as a Teaching Assistant. Portfolio based assessment - accreditation and admin fees of £43 included.

Entry requirements

Although you do not need to sit an Initial Assessment to enrol on this course, you will be encouraged to look at your current level of English/Maths qualifications and discuss ways that you would work towards a level 2 qualification in English and Maths before progressing on to a Level 2 Teaching Assistant course.

What you will learn

This course is aimed at learners who have an interest in gaining an insight into the role of teaching assistants and other support roles in school. The course will cover the role of teaching assistants in supporting teaching and learning and in the wider school community. There will also be an introduction to the curriculum areas covered in primary schools and learners will create a learning resource to be used by children. Learners will be encouraged to identify strengths and areas for development in terms of their own learning and suggest areas for professional development.

How you will learn on this course

A variety of teaching strategies will be used, e.g. class discussion, tutor-led sessions, research projects, paired work and group work. Students will need to complete a portfolio of evidence for assessment at the end of the course. It will equip the learners with an introduction to the skills required to work in a school environment. The learners will build a portfolio using various sources of evidence from classroom sessions and homework tasks. The portfolio will be submitted for assessment at the end of the course. It is beneficial to be volunteering in school, but it is not essential.

How you will be assessed on this course

1.1. Identify own learning style. 1.2. Identify strengths and areas for development in terms of own learning. 2.1. Identify the communication skills required to support the role of the teaching assistant. 2.2. Demonstrate own communication skills by means of a short presentation. 3.1. Outline the role of teaching assistant. 3.2 Demonstrate how the teaching assistant should support: the teacher, the pupil, the curriculum and the school. 4.1a. Identify resources and techniques to support numeracy. 4.1b. Identify resources and techniques to support literacy. 4.1c. Identify resources and techniques to support ICT and the wider curriculum. 4.2. Demonstrate planning skills for a simple activity / task.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)

Exam fees are included in the cost of the course.

What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Learners are expected to complete approximately 1 hour of home study per week. This may include portfolio development, research and writing up of classroom activities.

What you need for your course

There are no extra requirements for the course.

What you need to bring to the first class

Learners will need to provide an A4 File or folder, notebook or paper and pen.

What you can do next

Learners can progress to a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) course. To enrol on the Level 2 Certificate, you will need to pass an IA and arrange your own placement in a school, paid or voluntary.. Do you need to bring your qualifications up to date in Maths, English or ICT? – look at our Functional Skills English, Maths, GCSE and ICT course offer. We also offer courses and one to one training on iPads/tablets, iPhones and laptops.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency, who expect that learners who enrol on a course leading to a qualification will take that qualification at the College. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking