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Teaching Assistant Courses and Classroom Assistant NVQ

There are a number of courses for teaching assistants and we believe that the best course for teaching assistant careers is the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

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How much do courses for teaching assistants cost?

Our courses for teaching assistants are government funded.

What teaching assistant courses do you recommend?

Teaching Assistant Training recommends an advanced apprenticeship in teaching assistant level 3 that gives your staff the teaching assistant skills to be great classroom assistants. This qualification for teaching assistant covers a variety of supporting teaching and learning areas. The full qualifications for teaching assistant includes certificates in the following:

  • Level 3 Diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools
  • Level 2 Application of Number Mathematics
  • Level 2 Communication English
  • Level 2 ICT

Some of the modules covered include:

  • * Understand children young person development
  • * Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • * Communication and professional relationships with children and young people
  • * Schools as organisations
  • * Support learning activities
  • * Promote children and young people's positive behaviour
  • * Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • * Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • * Support assessment for learning
  • * Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • * Support children and young people health and safety

Who are classroom assistant courses for?

This teaching assistant level 3 course is designed to be suitable for all teaching assistant staff who work with teachers in classrooms supporting the learning process in primary, special and secondary schools, including those in a general support role and those with specific responsibilities for a pupil subject area or age group.

There are no specific entry requirements and the qualification is open to those with an interest in, and commitment to, working with children and/or young people. Some of the job roles relevant to the qualification include:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Learning support assistant
  • Special needs assistant
  • Additional needs assistant
  • Pastoral/welfare support assistant
  • Bilingual support assistant
  • Foundation stage assistant

Why should I allow staff to pursue a classroom assistant course?

Increased job satisfaction, Increased staff retention, Increased staff performance and to provide a better service to your students which will ultimately increase their chances of success.

How long does teaching assistant training take?

The qualification will take 12 months to complete, although some candidates can complete sooner.

Where will the training for teaching assistants take place and what's involved?

The training will take place at the class room assistants place of work as it is a work-based qualification. The training encompasses a variety of learning including work based and classroom based activities. Clients will be allocated a level 3 teaching assistant assessor who will support them one-to-one throughout the teaching assistant course. Attendance at workshops is required to support the knowledge requirements.

A range of assessment methods will be used to provide evidence to show competence in both knowledge and skills. Examples of assessment methods include direct observations of learners in the workplace, expert witness statements, professional discussions, written assignments and tasks including reflection on own practice in real work situations.

Who is eligible for teaching assistants training?

You need to be 16+ years of age and working at least 30 hours per week.