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Providing hands-on support in the development of children, the role of a Teaching Assistant is very rewarding as well as being challenging and varied. This course has been put together to help you in deciding whether this is the job for you; with information and advice about what the role involves and how to go about filling it, should you wish to pursue a career in this area.

What You'll Learn from the Teaching Assistant Course

  • About this Course
  1. What You Need to Know
  2. How Children Learn
  3. Disabilities, Difficulties and Definitions
  4. How to Support Learners
  5. Additional Duties
  6. Preparing for Interview and Continuing Professional Development

The Teaching Assistant Course begins by giving students an overview of what they will learn in each module.

As most of the students of this course will be studying to find out if this something they would like to pursue as a career, the 1st module talks about various aspects of the role. This includes information on: the qualities needed, income expectations, duties and responsibilities, safe guarding, school politics, equality and more.

From the moment they are born, children are learning, with each of the 5 senses creating a neurological pathway with each new experience, which get stronger with repetition of the experience; forming memories. Module 2 of the Teaching Assistant Course talks about the theories put forward by influential psychologists about how children learn, before discussing the national curriculum, and developmental milestones that children should be reaching at certain ages.

An important area for education professionals to be aware of, are the symptoms of and specific learning adjustments required for children with special educational needs. The 3rd module talks through this, imparting knowledge on: ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism spectrum disorder, and attachment disorder.

Paramount to the role, is the ability to support the development of children under your care. Module 4 of the Teaching Assistant Course talks through the areas in which you will aid children, and ideas of how to go about each, as well as how to track progress through various forms of assessment. Linking back to the previous module, this module also discusses SEN and the how to support the development of children on the SEN register.

If you are employed as a general teaching assistant, you may find that some of your role actually takes place away from the children. Ranging from lesson preparation and creating wall display to attending administrative tasks, the 5th module of the course talks you through the additional duties you may be expected to fulfil, but may not necessarily be in the job description.

The final module talks students though applying, and attending an interview, for a Teaching Assistant position, before moving onto explain the various job roles within a school and what they mean. Also provided are a glossary of special needs and a list of common acronyms found in education.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

This course is designed to provide information to those who are considering starting a job as a Teaching Assistant, but would first like to get a better understanding of the role and what they need to know and understand to be successful in this career.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Teaching Assistant Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

About this course

Module 1: What you need to know

  • The role of a teaching assistant, job description, qualifications
    • The early days
    • What lead to the changes?
    • The role of a teaching assistant today
  • Skills, interests and qualities
  • Pupil's views on teaching assistants
  • The role of the Teaching Assistant
  • Working hours and conditions
  • Income
  • Teaching Assistant Duties
    • Examples of Job Descriptions
  • Communicating and forming professional relationships
  • School policies
  • Health and Safety
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: How children learn

  • Child development including styles of learning
    • Jean Piaget (1886– 1980)
    • Lev Vygotsky (1886 – 1934)
    • Jerome Bruner (1915)
    • David Kolb (1939)
  • Learning Styles
    • Why are all the theories important?
  • Ready to learn
    • Abraham Harold Maslow (1908 – 1970)
  • Developmental Milestones
  • School curriculum; what is taught at schools
  • Statutory requirements
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading Key Stage One
  • Spelling Key Stage One
  • Handwriting Key Stage One
  • Writing Key Stage One
  • Reading Key Stage Two
  • Spelling Key Stage Two
  • Handwriting Key Stage Two
  • Writing Key Stage Two
  • Mathematics (Numeracy) Key Stage One
  • Mathematics (Numeracy) Key Stage Two
  • Science Key Stage One
  • Science Key Stage Two
  • National Curriculum
  • Developmental guide
  • Stages of drawing, not related to age
  • Emergent Stages of Writing
  • Behaviour Management
    • Proactive Behaviour Plan
  • 20+ tips on how to build a positive relationship with a child
  • Effective strategies to motivate learners
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Disabilities, Difficulties and Definitions

  • The Code of Practice
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
    • Strategies to help if you are supporting a child with Dyslexia
  • Examples of handwriting styles used by schools
  • Dyspraxia
    • Strategies that can be used to help in the classroom
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    • Asperger's syndrome
    • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
    • Who can diagnose ASD?
    • Strategies that can generally help a child on the autistic spectrum
  • Emotional difficulties
    • Attachment
    • The impact of attachment on learning
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: How to support learners

  • Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs
    • Stages of intervention
    • Categories of Need
  • Educational Health Care Plan
    • Supporting the Development of Literacy and Numeracy Skills
    • Supporting the Development of Individual Readers
    • Supporting the Development of Spelling
    • Supporting the Development of Writing
    • Supporting the Developing of Speaking and Listening
    • Supporting the Development of Numeracy
    • Supporting the Development of Number
    • Supporting the Development of Shape, Space and Measure
    • Supporting the Development of Problem Solving
    • Supporting Pupils with English as an Additional Language
    • Practical tips
    • Supporting the Development of ICT Skills
  • Tracking pupils progress; formative and summative assessment
    • Formative Assessment
    • Summative Assessment
    • Observations
  • Example of an Observation Sheet
  • Feeling Daunted?
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Additional duties….

  • Preparing learning environments including displays
  • Administration tasks
  • The Photocopier
  • Lesson preparation
  • Wall displays
  • Break supervision
  • School trips and outings
    • Generic Risk Assessment - all educational visits
  • Module 5 Assessment Review

Module 6: Preparing for Interview and Continuing Professional Development

  • The Application Form
  • The Interview
  • Success
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Next Steps
  • Primary School Staff: Who's who

Glossary of Special Needs

Acronyms used in Education

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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