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Diploma in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3

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    Part time
    2 Years
    City & Guilds of London Institute
This 2-year part time programme is delivered at Tonbridge Campus, West Kent College. The programme has been designed for individuals who are already volunteering or employed in the ‘paraprofessional’ areas in support of learners of all ages. This includes roles in the classroom such as Learning Support Assistant or Teaching Assistant, or related roles such as Learning Mentor and Key Worker. The qualification is awarded and quality assured by City & Guilds. The programme is a balance of theory and practical application and it provides a potential route to the Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Diverse methods to gain a portfolio of evidence for Knowledge & Competence using:

Case studies
Written & Verbal Answers
Reflective Accounts
Group & Individual Work
Witness Statements
Work Products with explanations

- Supporting learning
- English as an additional language
- Special educational needs
- Providing pastoral support
- Supporting the wider work of the school
- Working with colleagues

Applications for the programme should be made online via this website.

A program that allows Teaching Assistants to experience the reward of helping children and adults (parents, guardians, teachers and the educational system & establishment)

Those keen to support Children’s Education

32 credits from Mandatory Units
12 credits from Optional Units
40 of these credits must be at Level 3 or above.

Mandatory Units:

• Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
• 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’s health and safety
• Understand child and young person development
• Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people

Completion of credits will be evidenced through diverse methods to gain a portfolio of evidence for Knowledge & Competence using: Case studies, Scenarios, Written & Verbal Answers, Reflective Accounts, Discussions, Group & Individual Work, Witness Statements, Work Products with explanations and Assignments.
Advanced Learner Loan


You must show competence and evidence of L2 Maths & English or willing to upskill.
A work placement (voluntary or employed) in a school or college.