Level 2 Teaching Assistant – (CPD Certified)

Level 2 Teaching Assistant – (CPD Certified)
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Launch yourself into an exciting new career as a teaching assistant with this great course. The 150,000 and rising teaching assistants in the UK provide a vital role in supporting the children and teachers in our primary, secondary and Special Educational Needs classrooms. If you enjoy children’s company and would like to make a positive difference to their lives by helping them learn and thrive through supporting their education, then a career as a teaching assistant is perfect for you. As a teaching assistant you will become a valued and important member of school staff both by helping the class teacher plan and deliver lessons and by working individually with children.

The Perfect Child-Friendly Career

It’s not just the school’s children that will benefit from you becoming a teaching assistant – yours will too! With term-time only hours within the school day, a career as a teaching assistant is the perfect solution for parents who want to work in a fulfilling job that makes a real difference to young peoples’ lives, while also being at home after school and in the holidays to spend quality time with their own children. No more panics about finding childcare for the school holidays, or worries about the cost. And although you will help with administrative work during the school day, unlike a teacher, you won’t be under pressure to give up your precious evenings and weekends for marking work and planning lessons, so there’s still plenty of time not just for family life but for hobbies and interests too.

Get Your Application To The Top Of The Pile

Given the attractive, family friendly hours, it’s no surprise to learn that competition for teaching assistant positions is fierce, even though our schools are being forced to expand as record numbers of new pupils are set to enroll over the next few years. While there is no official requirement for a teaching assistant to have a vocational qualification, completing a course gives you a head start as you can prove that you’re committed to and serious about a career in this field. Also, if you’re already a teaching assistant but are looking to sharpen up your skill set, change jobs or negotiate a higher salary, this course will set you on the path to career progression by boosting your confidence and ensuring your knowledge is as secure and up to date as possible. However, if you’re just getting started, rest assured there is no need to have an existing placement at a school to enroll on the course.


You know you’ll be a great asset to school as a teaching assistant. With this course you can build on this knowledge by learning how to provide the best possible professional support within the classroom setting.

  • Passing exams is just one part of school life. This course will teach you how to best support pupils’ social and emotional and other care and support needs.
  • We’ve all been to school but it may have changed a lot since your day! Get up to speed with the latest national curriculum and how learning activities are planned and delivered.
  • Dot the i’s and cross the t’s by learning exactly what’s expected of you in your role and the legal responsibilities and policies of schools and their staff.
  • Keep up with the kids by getting up to speed with all the latest developments in ICT in the classroom.
  • Explore effective methods of supporting literacy development, including reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.
  • Explore effective methods of supporting development of numeracy skills in the classroom, including number skills and problem solving and data handling, as well as supporting the understanding of measures, shape and space.
  • Learn about best practice for supporting children with special educational needs.
  • You’re already a team player; learn how to transfer these skills into a school community with guidance on working in teams, with colleagues and with other professionals and parents.

Advantages of this course

  • Complete this online course within a 12-month period at a pace that suits you.
  • Enhance your job prospects in a rewarding career with the long holidays and convenient hours that make a good work life balance a reality rather than a distant daydream!
  • Give yourself the confidence to go for that teaching assistant position, knowing that you have the right skill set, knowledge and attitude to be a great asset to any school.
  • Download the certificate at the end of the course to give your application a boost and help secure you that interview!

Invest in this course today to unlock the door to a fantastic and flexible new career as a teaching assistant.

This course is CPD Certified. The CPD Certification provides proof of your efforts to upskill and develop your abilities with invaluable expertise.

Supporting the Teacher
The Learning Environment
  • Organising and maintaining classroom environment
  • Use learning materials, resources and equipment effectively, appropriately and safely
  • How learning materials, resources and equipment can help children's learning
  • The availability and location of safety equipment
  • School work displays
Pupil Behaviour
  • Promoting good behaviour
  • The role of the teaching assistant in the management of pupil behaviour
  • Responding quickly and calmly to incidents
  • Responding to inappropriate behaviour
Observing and Recording
  • Observe the performance of individual pupils or groups of pupils
  • Recording observations
  • Providing feedback
Supporting the Pupil
Social and Emotional Development
  • Social and emotional Development
  • The five broad social and emotional aspects of learning
  • The stages of social and emotional development
  • Influences that affect child development
  • Signs of emotional distress
  • Effects of emotional distress
  • Some causes of emotional distress in pupils
  • How to support and encourage children to express emotions
  • Appropriate methods that help pupils recognise and express emotions
  • The curriculum
  • Circle time sessions
  • Handling sensitive and controversial issues
  • The school policies on confidentiality
Care and Support
  • Provide individual support and care for pupils
  • Factors that influence teaching and learning
  • Provide comfort, care and encouragement for pupils
  • Encourage co-operation with groups and achieve target
  • Immediate care for accidents and ailments
  • Procedures and Policy
  • The signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
Health, Hygiene and Child Protection
  • Health education
  • Encouraging good hygiene practices
  • The School policy relating to health, hygiene and medical matters
  • The school's policy relating to administering medication
  • The signs of child abuse
  • The School policy regarding suspicion of or disclosure of child abuse
  • Responding to disclosure
  • Reporting concerns
Supporting the Curriculum
The Curriculum
  • The school curriculum
  • Subjects of the relevant national curriculum
  • Example of one national curriculum subject at one key stage
  • Recent strategies to raise standards across the curriculum
  • Up to date information in curriculum development
  • Terminology associated with the national curriculum
Planning and Evaluating Learning Activities
  • Factors that influence teaching and learning
  • Variables which affect a teaching situation
  • Factors affecting Learning
  • Proving support for the teacher when planning and evaluating learning activities
  • Research and prepare the plans for learning activities
  • Planning and evaluating learning activities
  • Appropriate and timely feedback following learning activities
  • The importance of feedback to pupils
  • The importance of feedback on teaching
  • The role of the teaching assistant when giving feedback
  • Contributing to teachers and pupils records
Assist in the Delivery of Learning Activities
  • Support the teacher in delivering learning activities
  • Use learning materials appropriately
  • Assist pupils in following instructions and keeping on task
  • Encourage pupils to work independently
  • How to encourage and support independent learning
  • Set realistic targets for pupils
  • Monitor the responses of pupils to learning activities
  • Recognise difficulties and problems that may occur when supporting learning activities
  • Seek assistance from the teacher if necessary
Supporting the School
The Role of the Teaching Assistant
  • The role of the teaching assistant
  • Values and Principles Underpinning the National Occupational Standards for Classroom Assistants
  • Expectations of the role
  • Job description review and appraisal
  • A self-review and performance review meetings
  • Personal and professional development objectives
  • Achieving personal and professional development objectives
  • Identifying and effectively using the development support available
Legal Requirements
  • The legal responsibilities of a school relating to the duty of care and the welfare of children
  • The local authority guidelines for procedures relating to child protection issues
  • National and local organisations and agencies that might share responsibilities for child protection
  • Legal requirements supporting the health, safety and security of the Teaching assistant and those in their care
  • Legal requirements relating to equal opportunities
  • Legal responsibilities of those responsible for education policy and practice in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
School Organisation Policies and Procedures
  • The school, its mission statement and general context
  • The members of the school governing body and their collective and individual responsibilities
  • The school's staff structure and the variety of responsibilities undertaken
  • Staff guidance policies and procedures
  • General school policies and procedures
  • The purpose of the school development plan and its relevance to the teaching assistant's role
Supporting ICT in the Classroom
Preparation and Maintenance of ICT Equipment
  • Establish and agree the ICT equipment requirements
  • The availability and working condition of ICT equipment
  • Setting up ICT equipment
  • Reporting faults with the ICT equipment
  • Accessories, consumables and software
  • Safety instructions relating to ICT equipment and its use
Supporting the Use of ICT Equipment
  • Operate ICT equipment correctly and safely
  • Provide support and guidance for pupils in the correct and safe use of ICT equipment
  • Identify legislation covering the use of ICT equipments
  • Encourage independence in the development of ICT skills
  • Carry out regular checks of ICT equipment to maintain and good working order
  • Correct use of all consumables, software and accessories
  • Supporting the correct use of software and accessories
  • Store all ICT equipment and peripherals safely and securely after use
Supporting Pupils with Special Education Needs
Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • The factors that influence learning
  • The principles of educational inclusion
  • The importance of attitudes, skills and resources in the acheivement of successful educational inclusion
  • The importance of encouraging independent learning when promoting educational inclusion
  • Current thinking relating to special educational needs
  • The statementing process
  • The LEA and school SEN policies
Support for Learners
  • The responsibilities of teaching and support staff in a school for learners with special educational needs
  • Resources and equipment available in the school for for learners with special educational needs
  • Individual education plans
  • The school guidelines on confidentiality
Supporting Literacy Development
Supporting the Development of Reading Skills
  • The factors that influence learning
  • Strategies to support literacy development
  • The stages of reading skills development
  • The cues and strategies used by learners as they develop reading skills
  • Different text types and genres
  • The main methods for teaching reading skills
  • The school policy and procedures relating to the development of learners reading skills
  • The national tests for reading
  • Learning objectives for reading
Supporting the Development of Writing Skills
  • Writing for different purposes
  • The stages of writing skills development
  • Correct letter formation and correct handwriting indicators
  • A variety of spelling strategies
  • The school policy and procedures relating to writing
  • How to access and use writing and spelling resources
  • The national test for writing
  • Learning objectives for writing
Supporting the Development of Speaking and Listening Skills
  • Modelling appropriate language with the learner
  • The stages of speaking and listening skills development
  • Encourage learners to use speaking and listening skills correctly
  • Non-standard English and the importance of respecting its use
  • The range and purpose of different types of questions
  • The school policy for speaking and listening
  • Learning objectives for speaking and listening
Supporting Numeracy Development
Supporting the Development of Number Skills
  • The school policy and procedure for mathematics
  • Strategies to support literacy development
  • The appropriate terminology and language relating to number
  • The stages of number skills development
  • The variety of factors that may affect number skills development
  • Strategies to support number skills development
  • The relevance and importance of mental calculation skills
  • How calculators can help in the development of number skills
  • The learning objectives for number
Supporting the Development of Problem Solving and Data Handling skills
  • The stages of problem solving and data handling skills development
  • How to assist learners in developing problem solving and data handling skills
  • A variety of strategies and methods used in solving problems
  • Stages of solving a mathematical problem
  • Strategies used in the problem solving process
  • A variety of strategies and methods used in organising, ahndling and interpreting data effectively
  • Correct terminology and how to use it appropriately when supporting the development of problem solving and data handling skills
Supporting the Understanding of Measures, Shape and Space
  • The stages of skills development relating to the understanding of measures, shape and space
  • How to assist learners in developing an understanding of measures, shape and space
  • Strategies and methods used in developing an understanding of measures, shape and space
  • Correct terminology and how to use it appropriately when supporting the understanding of measures, shape and space
  • The type of appropriate equipment and resources available
Working with Others
Working in Teams
  • The responsibilities of the different teams operating within the school
  • The roles within each team
  • The correct procedures for discussion and decision-making during team meetings
  • How to contribute to discussions and decision making during team meetings
  • Respecting and valuing the contributions of other team members
Working with Colleagues
  • The role and responsibilities of the teaching assistant in supporting colleagues
  • The principles of effective communication
  • The school procedures for handling difficulties with colleagues
  • The school policies relating to confidentiality
  • The school, LEA, and national policies relating to equality of opportunity
Working with Other Professionals and Parents
  • The roles and responsibilities of other professionals who support pupils educational development
  • How to promote and foster positive relationships with other professionals who support pupils educational development
  • How to contribute effectively to activities with other professionals
  • How to promote and foster positive relationships with the parents
  • How to involve the parents
  • The type of information that could be shared with their parents
  • The school procedures relating to other professionals and parents
  • Procedures relating to other professionals
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
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