This short course is designed to equip students with the core knowledge, skills and understanding to become a teaching assistant or parent helper in schools and provide information on meeting schools’ requirements. The course will identify ways children develop, through play, how to support children’s development in literacy, maths, and encourage children’s social, emotional and behavioural development. By the end of the course you will be able to describe the skills and qualities required to effectively support teaching and learning and identify school’s requirements and procedures for becoming a teaching assistant or volunteer.
This course has been set up in partnership with Thetford Job Centre and with input from local employers and organisations from the Schools and Early Years Sector. Explore fun, engaging, learner centred strategies to provide confident and effective support in schools, or help with own children's learning at home.
Understand more about routes into different areas within the sector. Identify the transferable skills needed to work with children at a variety of levels. Sessions will take place in a relaxed and informal setting. Learners will have an opportunity to share their experiences of education.
The course will identify ways children develop, through play, how to support children’s development in literacy, maths, and encourage children’s social, emotional and behavioural development. All learners will gain access to WEA's Learner Hub and interactive virtual learning environment (Canvas) where they will be able to access course materials and complete online activities.
On the course participants will be an opportunity to meet, speak and ask questions of representatives from a variety of organisation with links to employment opportunities at schools and other educational settings.
Students who study this course typically progress on to the Accredited Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools in Schools and Colleges. Many leaners have successfully secured roles in schools as a result of completing Helping in Schools courses with the WEA.
What financial support is available?
We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey.
Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.
What other support is available?
All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.