Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools


Up to 6 Months

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Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF) Qualification

This qualification from Direction Learning Ltd enables you to gain your recognised Teaching Assistant qualification.

As a teaching assistant you are responsible for carrying out practical and administrative tasks, and you are required to work under the direction of the class teacher in the supervision and support of pupils’ learning. In doing this you are helping to make more time available for the teacher to teach on a daily basis.

Teaching assistants work under the direction and supervision of teachers in order to help promote effective learning and teaching usually for children that may encounter learning difficulties (SEN). They carry out tasks delegated to them by the teacher in order to work with children on both a 1-2-1 basis and also taking small groups to support learning.

As a Teaching Assistant you will be responsible for contributing in the following areas:

  • Supporting the Teacher

  • Supporting the pupil

  • Supporting the curriculum

  • Supporting the school

Course Contents

Unit 1 – Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults.

Unit 2 – Schools as Organisations

Unit 3 – Understand Child and Young Person Development

Unit 4 – Understand how to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Unit 5 – Support Assessment for Learning

Unit 6 – Support Learning Activities

Unit 7 – Engage in Personal Development in Helath, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Unit 8 – Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

Unit 9 – Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety

Unit 10 – Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Unit 11 – Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

Delivery Mode

The Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF) Qualification is assessed through activities which are developed by Direction Learning Ltd , and are internally marked and sampled as part of quality assurance/internal verification procedures.

The assessment methods for this qualification are as follows:-

  • Practical Demonstration

  • Case Study

  • Written Assignment

  • Observation of Learner’s skills

  • Question and answer sessions

You must be working in an appropriate school environment for a minimum of 50 hours in order for classroom observations to be conducted. This can include voluntary and unpaid work.

Qualification Requirements

  • To achieve the observational units, the awarding body requires a relevant work placement of a minimum of 50 hours in a school.

  • We recommend 2 days a week (16 hours) for good practice, however this is dependant on the schools availability. This can include voluntary or paid work.

  • Learners should be keen to work in the sector to support teaching and learning in schools.

  • All learners should have attention to detail and be willing to work in a team environment

  • Should be willing to work using your own initiative when required.

  • Students should have access to a computer and the internet throughout your study period.

  • Learners should have basic PC skills in order to navigate our Learner Management System (LMS)

  • You should be fully committed to your studies at all times.

  • Must be aged 16 and over