Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLIS) Certificate Level 2

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    Boston and Spalding

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    September 2020


The Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning (STLIS) Certificate is designed for those new to supporting learning within a school or college, or who have less than six months experience. The course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to effectively support children and young people with their learning, by addressing key issues within education, including safeguarding, assessment for learning and understanding schools as organisations.

What will I do?

During the course, you will study 11 mandatory units:

  • Understand Schools as Organisations
  • Child Development
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Maintain relationships with children and young people
  • Health and Safety
  • Positive behaviour
  • Teamwork
  • Play and leisure
  • Promote an effective learning environment
  • Provide displays

You will be working in either a voluntary or paid placement for eight-ten hours per week. This can be in a primary, secondary, special, independent school or a college, working with children and young people aged 4+.

Alongside your placement, monthly workshops will run covering the requirements for each assignment.

As a Boston College student, you will have access to the library at Boston's Rochford Campus where can you access a range of books to support your course or use the computers or printers. You will also have access to materials on our virtual learning environment, Moodle. You may also access the coffee shop, bistro and canteen at the Rochford Campus.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

There are no formal entry qualifications for the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLIS) Certificate.

You will need however, to demonstrate a minimum of between eight-ten hours volunteering or employment in a school.

If you do not hold English and Maths at GCSE grade 4 (Old GCSE grade C) or an equivalent you are encouraged to undertake these qualification.

The Supporting Teaching and Learning (STL) Certificate will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for ten monthly workshops, three hours each. Monthly assignments will be given at each workshop.

This course is flexible to fit around other commitments. You will need to ensure that you can complete eight-ten hours per week in a school placement.

You can choose to study at Boston or Spalding.

The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLIS) Certificate is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £806.

Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

This course is 50% practical and 50% theory. You will be assigned to an assessor and they will come and observe you in the school placement.

The observations and assignments will build up a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your skills and knowledge within your role. You will also collect other types of evidence to build up your portfolio including witness testimonies, professional discussions, product evidence and assessor questions.

Successful completion of the Level 2 qualification will allow you to progress on to Supporting Teaching and Learning Certificate Level 3. It can also lead to employment as a level 2 Teaching Assistant.

Additional costs include purchasing textbooks, approx. £20; however, you can assess textbooks via the College library. You will also need to purchase a lever arch folder and a pack of 10 dividers.

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