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TRAINING THE EDUCATORS of Tomorrow

Courses for Aspiring Early Childhood Practitioners and Teaching Assistants


Our aim... We aim to offer current or aspiring teaching assistants, early childhood practitioners and educational support staff the opportunity to gain the qualifications needed to build a successful career and make a positive difference to our local community.

Middlesbrough College and its training arm, Northern Skills Group offer a range of high quality educational support programmes, as well as continuing professional development opportunities to meet your needs. We offer a range of full and part-time course pathways to reflect your diverse needs and aspirations. Our programmes are tailored to suit every individual’s experience, job role and ambitions, as well as the needs of employers.

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We deliver courses for... TEACHING ASSISTANTS - FULL-TIME STUDY Level 2 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools...........................................................................4 • Duration - 15 months • Study - 4 days in the workplace, 1 day release at Middlesbrough College Level 3 Apprenticeship Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.......................................6 • Duration - 18 months • Study - 4 days in the workplace, 1 day release at Middlesbrough College

TEACHING ASSISTANTS - PART-TIME STUDY Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools......................................................................................7 • Duration - 30 weeks • Study - 2 days in the workplace, 1 day at Middlesbrough College Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools ...................................................................8 • Duration - 30 weeks • Study - 3 days in the workplace, 1 day at Middlesbrough College

EARLY YEARS PRACITIONERS Foundation Degree Early Childhood Practice.............................................................................................................................10 • Duration: 24 months (both FT and PT) • Study: Full and part-time study options available BA (Hons) Top-Up Early Childhood Professional Studies.........................................................................................................11 • Duration: 12 months (both FT and PT) • Study: Full and part-time study options available

PROFESSIONAL UPDATING Forest Schools.....................................................................................................................................................................................12 Bespoke Training Courses................................................................................................................................................................13 One Day/Short Courses...................................................................................................................................................................13

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Teaching Assistants Full Time / Part Time

Duration

Full Time

12 months

Primary School

3

Secondary School

Further Education

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Progression Progression Level 3 Apprenticeship

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Overview of the course This course is run over 15 months and attendance at Middlesbrough College is every Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm for the vocational element of the course. The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised. This course is for those who are employed to support pupils learning in schools. It is suitable for those who are employed as an apprentice or for those who are already employed and wish to gain a recognised qualification and/or progress within the workplace. Qualifications within the framework include: Functional Skills English Level 2, ICT Level 1, maths Level 1, Level 2 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Employer Rights and Responsibilities (E.R.R.). What will I learn? Whilst on this course you will cover a range of subjects which include: 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, helping improve own and team practice in schools, maintain and support relationships with children and young people, support children and young people’s health & safety, support children and young people’s behaviour, support learning activities. You will also choose an additional unit which is specific to your role in the setting.

Middlesbrough College will also meet with your employer to discuss roles and responsibilities, eligibility and to ensure that the employer is aware of your progress so that you are supported throughout the programme. You will need an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Check. If you do not have a grade A to C in English and/or maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your study programme. How will I be assessed? The qualification is made up of knowledge and competence units. To achieve the competence units you will be observed in the workplace by an Assessor who will mark your performance against the assessment criteria of the qualification/unit in which you are working towards. Tutors/ Assessors will use a variety of assessment methods which will include assignment work, questions, discussion and reflective accounts. To achieve the knowledge units you may be asked to complete a set assignment or your Tutors/Assessors will again use a variety of assessment methods, including assignment work, questions, discussion and reflective accounts. What can I do after the course? Progression opportunities after this programme include the Level 3 Diploma Apprenticeship in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. On completion of the above qualifications, learners can gain a role supporting staff in schools.

What are the entry requirements? You must be in paid employment for 30 hours per week supported by your employer. Middlesbrough College must carry out an initial assessment of each candidate prior to the start of their programme to ensure that they are entered for an appropriate type and level of qualification.

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Teaching Assistants Full Time / Part Time

Duration

Full Time

12 months

Primary School

3

Secondary School

Further Education

3

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Progression FdA Early Childhood Studies

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Overview of the course This course is up to 72 weeks in length and attendance at college is one evening per week Wednesday 5.00pm – 8.00pm for the vocational element of the course. The Level 3 Apprenticeship is for learning support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities. The frameworks provide training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant; special needs assistant; behaviour support assistant/coordinator. This course is for those who are employed to support pupils learning in schools. It is suitable for those who are employed as an apprentice or for those who are already employed and wish to gain a recognised qualification and/or progress within the workplace. Qualifications within the framework include: Functional Skills English Level 2, ICT Level 2, maths Level 2, Level 3 Diploma for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. What will I learn? Whilst on this course you will cover a range of subjects which include: communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults, schools as organisations, support learning activities, promote children and young people’s positive behaviour, develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults, promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people, support assessment for learning, engage in personal development, support children and young people’s health & safety, understand children and young person development, understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people. You will also cover some specialist subjects that are relevant to your work role. What are the entry requirements? You must be in paid employment for 30 hours per week – supported by your employer. Middlesbrough College must carry out an initial assessment of each candidate prior to the

start of their programme to ensure that they are entered for an appropriate type and level of qualification. Middlesbrough College will also meet with your employer to discuss roles and responsibilities, eligibility and to ensure that the employer is aware of your progress so that you are supported throughout the programme. You will need an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Check. If you do not have a grade A to C in English and/or maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your study programme. How will I be assessed? The qualification is made up of knowledge and competence units. To achieve the competence units you will be observed in the workplace by an Assessor who will mark your performance against the assessment criteria of the qualification/unit in which you are working towards. Tutors/ Assessors will use a variety of assessment methods which will include assignment work, questions, discussion and reflective accounts. To achieve the knowledge units you may be asked to complete a set assignment or your Tutors/ Assessors will again use a variety of assessment methods including assignment work, questions, discussion and reflective accounts. Functional Skills will be assessed through a multiple choice exam. The evidence from this portfolio will also provide evidence for the certificate component of the framework. What can I do after the course? Potential progression opportunities after this programme include FdA in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and FdA in Early Childhood Studies. On completion of the above qualifications, learners can gain a role supporting staff in schools.

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Teaching Assistants Full Time / Part Time

Duration

Part Time

30 weeks

Primary School

3

Secondary School

Further Education

3

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Progression Level 3 Diploma

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Overview of the course This course is run over 30 weeks and takes place on a Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm. It is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are supervised and for those who are employed to support pupils learning in schools or work as a volunteer for a minimum of 2 days a week for three terms. It is suitable for those who wish to gain a recognised qualification and/or progress in the workplace. What will I learn? Whilst on this course you will cover a range of subjects which include: 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, help improve own and team practice in schools, maintain and support relationships with children and young people, support children and young people’s health & safety, support children and young people’s behaviour, support learning activities.

How will I be assessed? You will be observed in the workplace by an Assessor who will mark your performance against the assessment criteria of the qualification/unit in which you are working towards. Tutors/Assessors will use a variety of assessment methods which will include assignment work, questions and reflective accounts.

What can I do after the course? Progression opportunities after this programme include the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. We will also provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for University we can provide support with the UCAS application. On completion of this qualification, learners can gain a role supporting staff in schools.

You will also choose an additional unit which is specific to your role in the setting. What are the entry requirements? There are no formal entry requirements however Middlesbrough College must carry out an initial assessment of each candidate prior to the start of their programme to ensure that they are entered for an appropriate type and level of qualification. The learner will need some study and general communication skills in order to complete the assessment requirements. You will need to find a relevant school placement and will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Check. This includes a £44 fee which is to be paid for by the student.

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Teaching Assistants Full Time / Part Time

Duration

Part Time

30 weeks

Primary School

3

Secondary School

Further Education

3

3

Progression Higher Education/ Full Time Employment

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Overview of the course This course is run over 30 weeks and takes place on a Wednesday 5.00pm – 8.00pm. The course is applicable to learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are supervised and is for those who are employed to support pupils learning in schools or work as a volunteer for a minimum of 2 days a week for three terms. It is suitable for those who wish to gain a recognised qualification and/or progress in the workplace. What will I learn? Whilst on this course you will cover a range of subjects which include: 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, improving individual and team practice in schools, maintaining and supporting relationships with children and young people, supporting children and young people’s health and safety, supporting children and young people’s behaviour and support learning activities.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed in the workplace by an Assessor who will mark your performance against the assessment criteria of the qualification/unit in which you are working towards. Tutors/ Assessors will use a variety of assessment methods. What can I do after the course? Progression opportunities after this programme include foundation degrees or full time employment. We will also provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for University we can provide support with the UCAS application. On completion of this qualification, learners can gain a role supporting staff in schools.

You will also choose an additional unit which is specific to your role in the setting. What are the entry requirements? There are no formal entry requirements however Middlesbrough College must carry out an initial assessment of each candidate prior to the start of their programme to ensure that they are entered for an appropriate type and level of qualification. The learner will need some study and general communication skills in order to complete the assessment requirements. You will need to find a relevant school placement and will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Check. This includes a £44 fee which is to be paid for by the student.

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Early Years Full Time / Part Time Full-Time/ Part Time

Duration

Primary School

24 months

Secondary School

Further Education

Progression Progression BA(Hons) Young Children (Top-up)

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Foundation Degree Early Childhood Practice Overview of the course Childhood studies is an exciting field drawing on knowledge from psychology, sociology and psychoanalysis. Early childhood experiences contribute to formative development and affects children for the rest of their lives. The modern world presents a wide range of new and challenging experiences for children, including constant access to media, wider cultural diversity, cyber-bullying and larger school numbers. This course prepares students to enter a career working with infants and children, whether in education, health care or childrens’ services, and make a positive contribution to these formative years. Please read our Essential Higher Education Course Information on page 15 for further information on our policies and procedures before you apply for this programme. What will I learn? Modules offered may vary. Year one core modules include: child development, pedagogy for early years, policy in practice and professional development portfolio. Year 2 modules include: action research for early years, enhancing learning in early years, professional development portfolio and safeguarding childrens’ rights.

You will be required to attend an interview prior to joining the programme and complete a written answer of 300 words outlining why you wish to study on the degree programme. You will also need to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. To apply to Level 5/year two, you must have 120 credits at Level 4 in a child care foundation degree or equivalent. You must have experience working in the early years sector and have access to 100 hours working in an early years setting (as a minimum). You must also have a commitment to continuing professional development in the early years sector and complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. How will I be assessed? Learners will be assessed through coursework which includes essays, reports, case studies, research reports and portfolio work. What can I do after the course? Successful students may choose to progress to the BA (Hons) (Top-up) Early Childhood Practice, a one-year top up programme also delivered at the College, to gain a full Honours Degree award.

What are the entry requirements? In order to access the programme, individuals must be 18 years or over by 31 December in the first year of study. In addition, applicants must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points from a Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject and commit to gaining relevant experience working in the early years sector with access to 150 hours (as a minimum) working in an early years setting (paid or voluntary work). Applicants must also have a commitment to continuing professional development in the early years sector.

*This programme is subject to validation by the Open University

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Early Years Full Time / Part Time Full-Time/ Part Time

Duration

Primary School

12 months

Secondary School

Further Education

3

Progression Employment

BA (Hons) Top-Up Early Childhood Professional Studies Overview of the course The Early Childhood Professional Studies (Top-Up) providers you with a Bachelors level qualification in early childhood practice and prepares you for a career working with infants and children in education, health care of childrens’ services, and make a positive contribution to these formative years. Please read our Essential Higher Education Course Information on page 15 for further information on our policies and procedures before you apply for this programme. What will I learn? Modules will include leading and managing professional practice, leading and managing in the childhood professions, supporting childrens’ needs and inclusion, historical context of childhood through childrens literature and its impact in the 21st century on current practice, independent research project, reflective practice for professional development. Modules offered may vary.

What are the entry requirements? In order to access this top up programme, applicants must have achieved an appropriate foundation degree or Level 5 equivalent. How will I be assessed? Applicants will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods, including, essays, presentations, research tasks, projects and case studies.

What can I do after the course? Gaining a Bachelor’s degree in childhood studies enables career progression within all aspects of professional childcare. Graduates may also be able to being a career in areas such as social work, day-care, nurseries and schools.

*This programme is subject to validation by the Open University

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Professional Updating Forest Schools Overview of the course A Forest School is defined as ‘an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees’. With a number of workshops on offer, learners are able to gain an understanding of the Forest School approach, with modules that can be tailored to suit their particular requirements. What will I learn? The modules you will cover will differ slightly depending on the specific programme you choose to enrol on. Whether you are simply looking to learn about the overall benefits of Forest School or wanting to discover how to deal with students with difficult behaviour, the five short-courses available will provide you with the skills you need.

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The courses available are: • What’s Forest School? • An introduction to the approach • Teaching Assistants and Forest School • Dealing with challenging behaviour through Forest School • Forest School consultation What can I do after the course? Upon completion of the various Forest School courses on offer you can become a Forest School Practitioner. There is also the potential to progress onto the further levels of training available.

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Professional Updating Bespoke One Day Training Courses • Freedom to Teach: Empowering and Motivating Teachers to Succeed

• Effective use of ALS in the Classroom

• Developing Talent in the Classroom

• Digital Story Telling

• Exercise Your Learner’s Brain

• Blended Learning

• A Magic Wand for Your Toolkit – Assessment for Learning

• Signing to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing

• Strategies for ‘Embedding’ Mathematics and English Needed Within the Vocational Curriculum

• Softies Rule OK – Developing Soft Skills for Teachers and Students

• How to Create Learning Activities that Exploit or Emulate Real Work/Life Challenges

• Customer Service Training

• Ways to Actively Engage Learners in Differentiated and Inclusive Learning

• Stress Management and Dealing with Change

• How to get an ‘OO’ from Google

• Complaints Handling

• Modelling Effective Listening, Assertion and Questioning Skills to Facilitate Learning, Coaching and Assessment as Well as to Manage Behaviour

• Appraisal Training

• Pace and Purpose

• Using Data to Drive Performance

• Raising Standards Through the Mentoring of Young People

• Myers Briggs Personality Type for Cohesive Teams

• Performance Management Training • Finance for Non-Financial Managers

• Mindfulness

• Team Leadership: How to Have Brilliant Meetings with Participative Leadership

• Growth Mindsets

• Safeguarding Against Sexual Exploitation

• The Inclusive Classroom for Autism/Dyslexia Learners

• Fundamental Community/British Values

• Success for Learners with ADHD in the Mainstream Classroom

One Day/Short Courses • Safeguarding

• Paediatric First Aid

• Prevent

• Observation Training

• Equality & Diversity

• Understanding UCAS

• Sign Language for Educators

• Stretch & Challenge

• Mindfulness

• First Aid at Work

• Behaviour Management

• Street First Aid

• QTLS

• Mental Health First Aid Defib Training

• First Aid

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Essential Higher Education Course Information All of the Higher Education courses detailed in this guide are validated by the Open University. This is identified against the relevant courses with this guide and you will receive your final award from the appropriate institution upon graduation. Your application and subsequent enrolment (should your application be successful) onto our Higher Education courses is subject to Middlesbrough College’s policies, academic regulations and contractual obligations. If you have any questions about any aspect of this information, including which parts apply to you, please contact Middlesbrough College on 01642 333333. Course closure In the interest of providing a positive experience for all of our students, we monitor the level of demand for all of our courses very closely. If we feel that the number of students enrolled on any course will have a negative impact upon their experience or present a risk to health and safety, we reserve the right to close the course before the start of the new academic year. Should this action be necessary, we will take this decision as early as possible and inform you immediately. Please be assured that closing a course due to low numbers is a rare occurrence. Where this course of action is necessary, we would discuss it with you and offer any assistance that we can to help you to identify an alternative course, either at the College or another institution.

Subject to Validation Where you see the words, Subject to Validation, this means the course is in development and the details of the course are in the process of being finalised by the Open University or Pearson. We would expect this course to be approved, however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead you will be informed by Middlesbrough College and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Middlesbrough College or another provider.

Changes to courses To ensure that our courses are current and reflect the latest academic, technological, legislative, and social changes, all are subject to annual review. These reviews may result in minor changes to content, methods of assessment or other details. Where these changes are necessary, we will advise you as early as possible with an open offer to discuss the impact they have on the course. While we hope you will see the value of any such changes, we respect your right to withdraw your application if you believed that the course no longer met your needs. Should you decide to take this course of action, we will offer any assistance that we can to help you identify an alternative course, either at the College or another institution.

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