This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, personal development and reflective practice.
Learners will attend three days of college studying a comprehensive range of units to support their role. Topics covered include child development, health and safety, communication, assessment for learning, safeguarding and equality and diversity practice.
Learners will spend two days per week in a primary school setting. At placement, learners will support the teacher in the delivery of the curriculum within the school setting as well as developing the skills needed to support children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning.
Learners must have a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. A CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (STL). It is expected that learners will have or will be working towards a level 2 qualification in maths and English to support progression into employment.
Learners will produce a portfolio of evidence that will be internally assessed and externally moderated. Assessment of knowledge will be via assignments. Assessment of the competency of skills will be via two or more observations whilst at the placement setting.
Successful completion of the course enables learners to gain employment in a school setting, or progress to higher education such as the Foundation Degree in Education and Care.