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Level 1 - 2 Courses Available: Become a teaching assistant with a FREE course at ELATT.

Online Learning

We're here for you during the coronavirus pandemic: we're offering all our courses online with small group sessions in-class.

Become a Teaching Assistant with a FREE course at ELATT

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.  

We're here for you as the UK emerges from the coronavirus pandemic: our Sixth Form classes are now face-to-face again and we're offering all our adult courses online. You'll receive the same personalised support online as you would expect in the classroom.

Read more about online learning at ELATT

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10 - 16 Weeks
Duration

1 Day
Days per week

+1 Day
Self Study + Volunteering

9.30am - 4.30pm
Morning Hours

Online
Environment


Content

Mandatory Unit:

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

These units may vary according to the student group.


Requirements, Qualifications and Progression

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 Options:

  • Volunteering or paid work in schools, early years, after-school, SEN settings
  • Level 2 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools with ELATT
  • Functional Skills English & Maths

10 - 15 Weeks
Duration

1 Day
Days per week

+1 Day
Self Study + Volunteering

9.30am - 4.30pm
Morning Hours

Online
Environment


Content

Mandatory Unit:

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

Additional/Optional Units:

  • Website Software (HTML + CSS)
  • Presentation software (MS PowerPoint)
  • Database Software (Beginner: MySQL)
  • Specialist Software (Beginner: Joomla/WordPress/Wix)
  • Design Software (Beginner: Photo Shop)
  • Using Internet
  • Bootstrap
  • JavaScript (Beginner)

Please note the qualification for these six units is the shorter award, rather than the certificate, which we are not offering at ELATT at present. Your local college may offer the longer certificate course but you need to already be working in a school.


Requirements, Qualifications and Progression

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 Options:

  • Volunteering or paid work in schools, early years, after-school, SEN settings
  • Level 2/GCSE English
  • Level 2/GCSE Maths
  • Other TA or teaching qualifications

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 2018-2019 we had 900 students in total, and only 10 had to pay fees. That means 890 (99.9%) got a free course!

If you are over 19, you might have to take out a student loan to do a Level 3 course.
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 registration fees
Our courses for students aged over 19 usually have a registration fee of £30. If you are unemployed or earning less than the London Living Wage annually, you won't need to pay this course registration fee.

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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