This TQUK accredited “Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools” level 3 course is suitable for all support staff roles in schools. The course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools. It prepares students to support the Teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and to acquire the skills of learning. Fully recognised & accepted by OFSTED.

The course also helps to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge and aims to deliver an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

It will develop your knowledge and understanding of all the critical areas you need in a school setting, including safeguarding of children, communication skills, and understanding the school context and environment.

Tutorial support by telephone is available in this course.

  • Qualification: Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
  • Accredited: Yes
  • QCF Recognised: Yes at level 3
  • Awarding Body: TQUK - Training Qualifications the UK
  • Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
  • Duration: Flexible - Approx 80 Hours - 12 Months Max Support
  • Credit Value: 12


Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

  • Unit 1: Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Unit 2: Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults.
  • Unit 3: Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection

Schools as organisations

  • Unit 1: Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • Unit 2: Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • Unit 3: Understand school ethos, mission, aims and values
  • Unit 4: Know about the legislation affecting schools.
  • Unit 5: Understand the purpose of school policies and procedures.
  • Unit 6: Understand the wider context in which schools operate.

Understand child & young person development

  • Unit 1: Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth - 19 years
  • Unit 2: Understand the factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice
  • Unit 3: Understand how to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
  • Unit 4: Understand the importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people
  • Unit 5: Understand the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development

Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people

  • Unit 1: Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people.
  • Unit 2: Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people.
  • Unit 3: Understand the importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting.
  • Unit 4: Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed.
  • Unit 5: Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied.
  • Unit 6: Understand how to work with children and young people to support their safety and wellbeing.
  • Unit 7: Understand the importance of e-safety for children and young people.


Students looking to enrol in this course should meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 16 Years or above
  • Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
  • Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
  • Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
  • Have a genuine desire to succeed

Students do not require a placement or any previous knowledge of the learning support role to complete this course.


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 80. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.

We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.


This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered directly to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments using a word processing programme and email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you directly. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can normally expect to receive delivery of their course materials via courier within 3 working days of enrolment being received. However, we would ask you to allow 7 working days.

Program taught in:
  • English

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