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Become a teaching assistant with a FREE course at ELATT

Become a teaching assistant with a FREE course at ELATT

About ELATT's Teaching Assistant course

We offer two courses to help our students find jobs in schools or other work with children. The courses run in Hackney and Ealing (but are currently online).

Students who are fluent in English and have some experience can join our Level 2 Teaching Assistant course. This will give you an Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Students who are still developing their English and/or are new to the UK education system can start with ‘Step to Teaching Assistant’. This is a Level 1 course which will give you an Award in Personal Development: Volunteering.

The course is usually one day a week for 12-16 weeks. You will complete a portfolio for your assessment. You will learn about: how to support learning, equality, diversity and inclusion (levels 1 and 2) as well as child development, safeguarding and schools as organisations (level 2).

You need sufficient English to access the course (minimum good Level 1, including writing) and an interest in learning and education. You should be willing to volunteer with children/young people or with ESOL adults.

Please note that to get a job as a classroom assistant, you need to be able to show experience (which can be voluntary), and many schools require you to have Level 2 English and Maths.

Career Potential

According to Prospects.ac.uk, starting salaries for full-time, permanent TAs are typically around £17,364.
Apply now to gain new skills, qualifications and take the first step to your new career.

We're here for you as the UK emerges from the coronavirus pandemic: our Sixth Form classes are now all face-to-face, and we're offering a mix of online and in-class options for our adult courses. You'll receive the same personalised support whichever way you study at ELATT.

Read more about online learning at ELATT

10 - 16 Weeks
Duration

1 Day
Days per week

+1 Day
Self Study + Volunteering

9.30am - 4.30pm
Daytime study

In Person
Environment


Content

Mandatory Unit:

  • Supporting Others
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Using Materials and Equipment

These units may vary according to the student group.


Requirements and Qualifications

Entry Requirements:

  • Willing to volunteer with children/young people or with ESOL adults
  • Sufficient English to access the courses (minimum good Level 1, including writing)
  • An interest in learning and education.

*Students who have English as their first/main language are welcome to join the Level 2 course if they wish to work or volunteer in education.

Qualifications:

  • Level 1 City & Guilds: Award in Personal Skills: Volunteering

Progression:

  • Volunteering in schools and adult education
  • Level 2 Award or Certificate in Teaching Assistant

10 - 15 Weeks
Duration

1 Day
Days per week

+1 Day
Self Study + Volunteering

9.30am - 4.30pm
Daytime study

Online
Environment


Content

Mandatory Unit:

  • Child Development
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Safeguarding
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Communication & Professional Relationships

Please note the qualification for these five units is the shorter Award. For this qualification, you do not need to be working or volunteering in a school.


Requirements and Qualifications

Entry Requirements:

  • Willing to volunteer with children/young people or with ESOL adults
  • Sufficient English to access the courses (minimum good Level 1, including writing)
  • An interest in learning and education.

*Students who have English as their first/main language are welcome to join the Level 2 course if they wish to work or volunteer in education.

Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Pearson: Support Work in Schools Award

Progression:

  • L2 Award Certificate in Teaching Assistant

    This Award can help you to find your first job in education.

    Previous graduates from this course have found work as TAs when they already have relevant work experience. Others have secured jobs as lunchtime supervisors as a first step into TA work. The qualification is also accepted by many pre-schools and nurseries.

30 - 32 Weeks
Duration

Half a Day
Days per week

At least 1 Day
Volunteering/Working in School

Half a Day
Daytime study

Online
Environment


Content

Mandatory Unit:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
    Schools as organisations
  • Working with children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Supporting learning
  • Children’s health and safety

This Certificate has 30 credits. To gain this qualification, you need to be volunteering or working in a school at least once a week. You will be observed in your job or placement as part of this course.


Requirements and Qualifications

Entry Requirements:

  • Level 2 Award Support Work in Schools
  • Have a volunteer placement or job in a school 
  • Sufficient English to access the course (minimum good Level 2, including writing plus a commitment to working towards L2 English)
  • An interest in learning and education

Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Pearson Certificate Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Progression:

  • L2 Certificate in Teaching Assistant

    This Certificate can help you find work in mainstream and special schools. Initially you are likely to be offered short term contracts or agency work

Which units will I study for my course?

All our courses have one or more mandatory units and a choice of additional units.

Course content is tailored for you (and your employer) and the list of units outlined here are a guide only. Units covered will also depend on your prior learning and credit requirement. If there is something specific that you are interested in learning, please discuss this with your tutor during induction.


What if I don't have the entry requirements for a course?

There are other courses available to help you build up the skills and qualifications you need to be eligible for our courses. Please get in touch to discuss this further!


Which level can I study?

During your appointment assessment, we will help you work out which course will be the most suitable for you based on your results, previous experiences and interests.


Will my course cost?

Course tuition fees
As a charity, ELATT works tirelessly to access a range of funding and donations to keep our courses free.

In 2021-2022 we had 900 students in total, and none had to pay fees. That means 100% got a free course!

If you are over 19, not all our Level 3 qualifications are fully funded, so you might have to take out a student loan to do a Level 3 course.  If that's the case for your Level 3 course, we'll let you know as soon as you apply.

We also can't train you if you are on a Student Visa, Visitor's Visa or Temporary Stay, or are an Overseas Student.
Each year we support hundreds of different people from all walks of life, of all backgrounds, ages, circumstances and skills levels. There's a really good chance that you can get a free course at ELATT, so apply now!

Course Fees: free courses at ELATT Apply for a course


Studying Hours

These are all the study days and times. Your course will take place on some of these times. You'll find out more information after you apply.

Mornings

Monday9.30 - 16.30

Tuesday9.30 - 16.30

Wednesday9.30 - 16.30

Thursday9.30 - 16.30

Friday9.30 - 16.30

SaturdayClosed

SundayClosed

Evenings

MondayClosed

Tuesday18.00 - 21.00

WednesdayClosed

Thursday18.00 - 21.00

FridayClosed

SaturdayClosed

SundayClosed


You are more than welcome to give us a call at 0800-0420-184 or email hello@elatt.org.uk to ask questions and find out more. We are available from 9am-5pm on weekdays.

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