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South Farnham Teaching School is a registered City & Guilds Training Centre delivering the QCF Level 3 Certificate: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools to offer professional development for Classroom Assistants.

While other providers offer this qualification as a Level 3 Award at a cheaper cost, only 4 units (an equivalence of 12 credits) are given over a teaching period of 90 learning hours.  At South Farnham, the Level 3 Certificate is delivered through tutorials and workshops, covering all eleven units (the equivalence of 32 credits) through a teaching period of 180 learning hours over 9 months.

The sessions will be held here on Wednesday afternoons from 4.15 – 5.15pm throughout the year. Each candidate has an Assessor who guides them through the course and meets with their candidates for one-to-one sessions interspersed among the more formal tutorials. Candidates will need to compile a Portfolio of paper-based evidence against all of the criteria for each of the Units. They will be observed in their working environment by their Assessor and there is a requirement for class teachers to provide Witness Statements relating to their Teaching Assistant’s performance.

The Units covered are as follows:-

Communication and Professional Relationships

Developing Professional Relationships

Supporting Health and Safety

Schools as Organisations

Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Understanding Children’s Development

Supporting Learning Activities

Supporting Assessment for Learning

Safeguarding Children

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Personal Development in Health and Social Care



The cost of the training is £350 per candidate.

If you are interested in this programme please contact Naomi Wagner