Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

This qualification is designed for learning support staff who have a job role which requires competence in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. They will be working under the direction of a teacher but will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities. They will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of, pupils. Learners may hold job roles including teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant, additional needs assistant, pastoral/welfare support assistant, learning coach and team leader.

Mandatory Units

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Positive behaviours
  • Schools as organisations
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing, health and safety for children and young people
  • Develop Professional Relationships With Children, Young People and Adults
  • Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Support Learning Activities
  • Understand Child and Young Person Development

Learners and employers can choose from a variety of units available from the optional groups to make up the remaining credits for the qualification.

The qualification is delivered through a combination of training, guidance, support, self-study and activities in the workplace. On and off job training either through group sessions or on a one-to-one basis. The NVQ will be assessed using varied methods depending on learning style, including direct observation in the workplace. A portfolio of evidence is required.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however candidates should have basic numeracy, literacy and communication skills.

Course Progression

Completion of the qualification will enable learners to access higher level qualifications including foundation degrees and level 4 qualifications. There is now a clear progression route from learning support roles in England to Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status and foundation degrees. Those able to meet the initial teacher training entry requirements can go onto achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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