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Introduction to the Role of the Teaching Assistant

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This is an introductory training opportunity that will provide an overview to the role of a newly appointed teaching assistant, or for those that are looking to volunteer as a teaching assistant. Introductory training can make a major contribution to raising standards in schools by ensuring newly appointed support staff are confident and capable of carrying out their responsibilities at work within a reasonable period of appointment. 

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements, however a good level of understanding of maths and English essential. 

Course content

Learners will be given an overview of the role of a teaching assistant, including:

  • Every Child Matters
  • Supporting in the classroom
  • Support for teaching assistants
  • Supporting behaviour
  • Understanding how children learn
  • How to support literacy and numeracy.

Assessment methods

This is a short 6 hour course over a 3 week period, with three short written assignment to cover knowledge. 

Further study and career options

Levels 2 and 3 Award / Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Schools. We also recommend studying our 2 day paediatric first aid course.

Additional information

There is an additional cost of £20 for a textbook.

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

Please call our Student Recruitment team on 01234 291000 to book onto this course. Alternatively you can visit our Student Recruitment team at our Cauldwell Street campus. View our opening hours.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
3 week(s) 01/08/2017 Tue 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm £50 Cauldwell Street K1526S2 Course in progress
1 day 01/08/2017 Tue 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm £50 Cauldwell Street K1526S3 Course in progress

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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