Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants 2020-05-12T15:15:25+01:00

CALAT is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all learners and staff, therefore delivery methods* of courses will be using blended learning techniques complying with government guidelines for social distancing in relation to Covid 19.

This may mean that your course content could be totally online or a combination of both classroom and online delivery. Initial assessments and enrolments will also be online or processed over the telephone using an online payment app. 

*It is important to note, with such a fast moving situation, any delivery may be subject to change and updated in accordance with government guidelines in relation to Covid 19.

Our Teaching Assistant courses are delivered by staff with a range of educational backgrounds and experiences. You will gain an understanding of the rewards and expectations of working within a school environment.

Our classes include fun and challenging activities such as: reflections on practice, case studies, individual and team presentations, role play and researching relevant legislation and policies.

In addition, you will undertake a work placement where you will gain practical experience of how to effectively support learning activities. This will complement the skills and knowledge you will develop throughout the course and fully prepare you for employment in an educational setting.

We offer the following courses:


Preparing to Work in Schools

Qualification Level and Title

C&G (City & Guilds) Entry 3 Certificate in Employability Skills

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Prepare effectively for voluntary work in schools
  • Make an informed decision about the right course to suit your career and training needs
  • Identify the skills and qualities that you could offer as a teaching assistant or another chosen area of employment

Topics covered:

  • The role of the teaching assistant
  • Planning for progression
  • Effective communication
  • Team work
  • Safe learning in the workplace
  • Learner project
  • Attitudes and values for personal and professional development

What extra work I need to do outside the classroom?

Completion of assignment tasks.  Read articles on current developments in education and an optional school visit to observe a lesson.

Progression opportunities

You can progress to the OCR Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools once you have achieved your level 1 in English and fulfilled the selection criteria.

To enrol on this course please click here.


Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Qualification Level and Title

OCR Level2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • This course will enable you to gain skills supporting a teacher in classroom activities
  • It targets the key skills, knowledge and competence that employers would expect of someone working at this level as a Teaching Assistant in a school setting.

Topics covered:

  • Provide effective support for teaching and learning in schools
  • Identify stages of child development and its impact on learning
  • Implement school policies and procures for safeguarding children
  • Use a variety of strategies to manage pupils’ behaviour
  • Use different communication strategies to build and maintain positive relationships with pupils and staff
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in schools
  • Devise an action plan for personal and professional development

What extra work I need to do outside the classroom?

Work in a school in a paid, voluntary or placement capacity at Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1-6 for a minimum of 120 hours over the period of the course

To enrol on this course please click here.


Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning


If you want to know more about becoming a Teaching Assistant, don’t delay book yourself onto an information and assessment session today.

For further information on Teaching Assistant courses and to apply, please email childrensworkforce@croydon.gov.uk or call in to a CALAT centre for an application form.