Support work in schools award

The support work in schools awards are formal qualifications suitable for all support staff in schools. This includes site staff and administrators as well as those who work directly with children and young people. As they are knowledge-based qualifications, they can be taken by people not yet employed in a school, as well as being suitable for initial training for those newly in post.

Level 2

The level 2 award is a stand-alone qualification in its own right. Teaching assistants who complete the award are exempt from five units of the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning. The units covered are:

  • 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

Level 3

The Level 3 award provides staff with a secure basis to progress to a level 3 role. It is suitable for staff in a level 2 role wishing to show that they are ready for progression to level 3. Teaching assistants who complete the award are exempt from units of the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning. The units covered are:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people

The programme

HTLC can deliver the programme in different ways to suit your school:

  • a taught programme in a single school for several participants
  • a taught programme in a single location for a cluster of schools who want to share the cost
  • as an accreditation only service for schools who wish to use their own in house induction as the training element.