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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools - Level 2 Diploma

Course aims

To enable learners to develop knowledge and skills needed when supervising teaching and learning in the school environment. To support learners working in schools either as special needs assistants, teaching assistants or learning support assistants.

Course length

195 hours – usually 39 weekly sessions of 5 hours – and 200 placement hours.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at those who have made the decision that they wish to gain qualified employment in supporting learning in schools. In addition to your course, if you are not already working or volunteering in a school, you will be required to undertake work placement for 200 hours. This amounts to approximately 2 days per week. Candidates need to secure their own placements.

NB: This course requires a serious commitment and applicants should think carefully about their ability to undertake and achieve these objectives before enrolling.

Will I gain any qualifications?

You will gain a CACHE L2 certificate which is identified as a progression towards a Level 3 Diploma.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You should already have knowledge of classroom practice. You should already hold literacy and numeracy at level 2, and be prepared to upgrade to GCSEs at grade A*-C by the time you qualify at level 3.

What could this course lead to?

This course can lead to employment as a support assistant in school and higher education opportunities.

Course content

  • Learn how children and young people develop.
  • Understand why safeguarding and preventing harm is necessary especially in a school setting.
  • Know how equality and diversity and inclusion are vital in work in schools.
  • Understand about schools as organisations.

How will I learn?

You will learn by attending classes each week and taking part in group and paired activities and discussions, as well as observing or shadowing professionals in your workplace. You will be assessed through the building of a portfolio where you can evidence knowledge as well as being assessed in the workplace.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

The most important resource you will have is your willingness to learn. You should also have a supply of pens, paper and an usb memory device.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to:

  • Attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance, if possible.
  • Attend placement.
  • Have sufficient time for self-study and completion of homework
  • Complete the course.
  • Complete all the assessments.
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