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Scholar, teacher, and Boy Scout administrator Forest Witcraft said in a 1950 edition of Scouting magazine that although he wasn't an important or wealthy man, he had the power to mould destiny. As a father figure and mentor in the Scouting movement, he put forward the idea that it was in his power to become the most important person in the world in the life of a boy, and “every boy is a potential atom bomb in human history.” In the same article, “Within My Power – the Power of One Man” he wrote the following:

"One Hundred Years From Now it won't matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child".

What an exciting concept! Today – perhaps more than ever – young people desperately need good role models and mentors. If you've always wanted to be involved in the classroom, helping children to understand how to communicate and interpret this world we've built for them, here's your chance to set out on a highly-rewarding and fulfilling new career.

The government is pushing hard for better adult to child ratios in the classroom. Money is being pumped into schools across the country to help them take on more Teaching Assistants, as this is regarded as the quickest, most cost-effective way to improve the staffing situation. So, in these difficult times, you will never have a better opportunity to get yourself qualified to operate in this vibrant, positive educational environment.

Show me the money . . .

The following table shows the salary ranges currently in force for "unqualified teachers", which include Teaching Assistants. To find out exactly what you can earn in your particular area of the country, you would simply need to contact your local council:

Inner London                                         £19,893-£29,088

Outer London                                        £18,789-£27,992

London Fringe                                       £16,856-£26,052

Elsewhere (England and Wales)          £15,817-£25,016

Entry-Level Course

Our brand-new and revised Higher Level Teaching Assistant course will fully prepare you to take your place alongside a qualified teacher in any school in the UK. You will gain a real insight into education by studying the course, and it will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to take part in a wide range of classroom support activities. It will help you gain employment, and possibly whet your appetite to become a fully Qualified Teacher.

The course has been fully revised to reflect the recent changes in the teaching environment, and the wider educational world. It specifically provides information about how teachers plan and prepare lessons, deliver their subject matter, and assess students. Your role as an HLTA can be crucial in facilitating those processes.

Course Structure

The course examines the "core learning structure", and how these skills form a vital part of teaching and working with children.  It also looks at the ways you will support classroom practices, the school and its management. You will gain insight into supporting pupils with disabilities and special educational needs, as well as the basics of literacy and numeracy. The "higher level" part of the course title prepares you to carry out specialist roles and duties within specific parts of the curriculum. You could, for example, construct lesson plans alongside delivering your usual Teaching Assistant duties in support of the class teacher and pupils.

The course addresses all of the challenges you will encounter in your new career, and is divided up into 10 highly structured and comprehensive modules that deliver the knowledge you will need to overcome them. The modules cover all aspects of the syllabus and have been specifically written to help you meet the 33 professional standards laid down by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). This will enable HLTAs who want to progress to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to have a clearer understanding of the additional knowledge and skills required.

Clicking on the “Course Outline” tab above reveals a full and detailed programme of the modules studied.

Entry Requirements

Perhaps surprisingly, the Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course has no entry requirements, other than personal motivation, desire and a genuine interest in the subject matter. As long as you also have a good general standard of education, you will gain immense benefit from it. You should be aware that once you progress into a school environment, or indeed any other organisation that involves access to children, you may be required to undergo a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check.

Course Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively. The modular method of delivery favoured by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. It actively prevents students from moving faster through sections they are more confident with, or taking more time over the deeper concepts that require more thought and comprehension.

PLUS: Students of My Distance Learning College automatically get FREE access to the acclaimed “iLearnitEasy” coursework management system, which makes submitting assignments, getting feedback and critique, and interacting with other students on the course for mutual support, an absolute breeze! Push-button simplicity . . .

CACHE Endorsed Learning Programme (ELP)

The course is endorsed by CACHE, who are an awarding organisation regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, The Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales, and the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

CACHE Endorsed Learning Programmes are the benchmark for high-quality, bespoke care, health and education training, and often marked the start of the pathway to a full qualification. The recognition they provide brings the prestige of CACHE to employers and learners alike.

No Final Exam . . . .

If the prospect of exams frightens the life out of you, there is even more good news. There is no final exam!

The low price of the course includes dedicated tutor support, regular critique and feedback, and all assignments are marked by one of our professional tutors. You can even pay by instalments if funds are tight.

What are you waiting for? Book your course today and start improving society and your local community by making a difference in the life of a child. It really could be that important.

Requirements for HLTA’s

Understanding National Occupational Standards

Supporting Child Development in School

Supportive Roles

Intellectual Development

Four Specific Areas of EYFS

Factors affecting child development

Special Educational Needs

The SEN Code of Practice 2001

Special Needs Legislation

Equality and Diversity and Inclusion

Common Types of Special Education Needs

Dyslexia

Signs of Dyslexia

Types of Speech and Language Difficulties

Signs of Speech and Language Difficulties

Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties

Signs of Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties

Autism and Asperger Syndrome?

Signs of ASD

What is ADHD?

Signs of ADHD

Blindness and Visual Impairment

Signs of Vision Disabilities

Supporting Gifted and Talented Pupils

Working with Small Groups or with the Whole Class Without the Presence of a Class Teacher

The Importance of Self-Reflection

Developing Positive Relationships

Conflict Resolution

Providing Effective Support for Colleagues

Communicating With Children, Colleagues, Parents and Carers

Birth to 12 Months

12 to 36 Months

Three to Six Years Old

Six to 12 Years Old

12 to 18 Years Old

Encouraging Expression of Feelings

Infancy to Age Two

Ages Two to Four Years Old

Ages Four to Seven Years Old

Ages Seven to Ten Years Old

Ages 10 to 12 Years Old

Ages 13 to 14 Years Old

Confidentiality Procedures

Professional Values and Ethics

Supporting Teaching and Learning Through Play

Using Games and Music to Enhance Communication

Games to Develop Communication Skills

Behaviour Issues

Behaviour Legislation

Behaviour Policy

The Role of a HLTA in Managing Behaviour

Behaviour Patterns and Causes of Challenging Behaviour

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Curriculum, Planning and Assessment

Planning

Assessment

Teaching and Learning Resources

Supporting and Promoting Learning through ICT

Components of ICT – Software

ICT in the Curriculum

Support for ICT Based Learning

Common Types of ICT Supportive Software for ICT Based Learning

Issues Surrounding ICT Use

Personal Professional Development

Teacher Training Agency

When you have successfully completed this course you will receive a Certificate of achievement in Higher Level Teaching Assistant from CACHE, who are one of the U.K.'s largest accreditation awarding bodies. Once you have this certification you will be able to further enhance your employability in the sector, industry or area of interest by continuing your studies if you wish.

All of our courses are accredited by CACHE and satisfy the requirements of the appropriate level of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). They recognise that the student has gained a good knowledge and understanding of a particular subject area, which is appropriate for many job roles. Many of them also result in qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), which carry credits that can be accumulated towards higher level qualifications.

CACHE are regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales, and the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Before enrolling on a course, students should make sure that they are following a course of study that results in formal recognition of their knowledge and skills by a reputable awarding body such as CACHE.

Can anyone do the course?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands of the course. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract, multiply and divide) you should have no problems. The course materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style.

In addition to the comprehensive course materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will the course cover?

The course covers the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is the course externally validated?

Yes, the course is validated by CACHE as one of its exclusive Endorsed Learning Programmes (ELP). Students will complete all the set assignments using the information the course materials provide combined with personal research. To help you get to this stage, there are also a number of self-assessment exercises for each section.

Although the course is comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

What does the course prepare me for?

The course materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

What do I receive once I order the course?

We will send you ALL the course materials. This consists of a folder and Study Guide, plus a package of bonus materials and items to enhance your learning experience.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

The course should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, the course can be completed in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

There is a suggested word count given for the tutor marked assignments, but it is more important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with the course. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Will the qualification help me get a job?

CACHE, the awarding organisation, is a highly respected organisation that imposes strict standards on its approved centres. CACHE Endorsed Learning Programmes are the benchmark for high-quality, bespoke care, health and education training, and often mark the start of the pathway to a full qualification. The recognition they provide brings the prestige of CACHE to employers and learners alike.

What if I don’t like the course? Can I send it back?

Yes, if you are not happy with the course and feel it is not for you, you can return it within 7 days in accordance with the terms and conditions on our web site: www.mydistance-learning-college.com.

Do I need a computer to take the course?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

What is a higher level teaching assistant?

A higher level teaching assistant has a similar role to a teaching assistant, however they have much more responsibility.

Why did you decide to become a HLTA?

I had worked as a teaching assistant for five years in my local primary school which I very much enjoyed. It was the head teacher that approached me and asked if I would be interested in a promotion and put through a programme to become a higher level teaching assistant. She said that I had been chosen as I had natural leader skills and was competent enough to lead others and teach classes when needed.

What does a HLTA do on a day to day basis?

HLTA’s have very similar roles to teaching assistants in regards to supporting children in the class who need extra support, admin tasks, assisting the class teacher in preparing materials and resources needed for lessons etc. Higher level teaching assistants are also required to be ‘leaders’ and would be required to teach lessons where required to cover the class teacher.

What are the entry requirements to become a HLTA?

In order to have HLTA status you would need the school where you are currently employed to put you through the training programme for HLTA status.

What can I expect to earn as a HLTA?

HLTA’s can earn from £16,000 - £22,000 a year depending on area, employer and responsibilities.

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Scholar, teacher, and Boy Scout administrator Forest Witcraft said in a 1950 edition of Scouting magazine that although he wasn't an important or wealthy man, he had the power to mould destiny. As a father figure and mentor in the Scouting movement, he put forward the idea that it was in his power to become the most important person in the world in the life of a boy, and “every boy is a potential atom bomb in human history.” In the same article, “Within My Power – the Power of One Man” he wrote the following:

"One Hundred Years From Now it won't matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child".

What an exciting concept! Today – perhaps more than ever – young people desperately need good role models and mentors. If you've always wanted to be involved in the classroom, helping children to understand how to communicate and interpret this world we've built for them, here's your chance to set out on a highly-rewarding and fulfilling new career.

The government is pushing hard for better adult to child ratios in the classroom. Money is being pumped into schools across the country to help them take on more Teaching Assistants, as this is regarded as the quickest, most cost-effective way to improve the staffing situation. So, in these difficult times, you will never have a better opportunity to get yourself qualified to operate in this vibrant, positive educational environment.

Show me the money . . .

The following table shows the salary ranges currently in force for "unqualified teachers", which include Teaching Assistants. To find out exactly what you can earn in your particular area of the country, you would simply need to contact your local council:

Inner London                                         £19,893-£29,088

Outer London                                        £18,789-£27,992

London Fringe                                       £16,856-£26,052

Elsewhere (England and Wales)          £15,817-£25,016

Entry-Level Course

Our brand-new and revised Higher Level Teaching Assistant course will fully prepare you to take your place alongside a qualified teacher in any school in the UK. You will gain a real insight into education by studying the course, and it will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to take part in a wide range of classroom support activities. It will help you gain employment, and possibly whet your appetite to become a fully Qualified Teacher.

The course has been fully revised to reflect the recent changes in the teaching environment, and the wider educational world. It specifically provides information about how teachers plan and prepare lessons, deliver their subject matter, and assess students. Your role as an HLTA can be crucial in facilitating those processes.

Course Structure

The course examines the "core learning structure", and how these skills form a vital part of teaching and working with children.  It also looks at the ways you will support classroom practices, the school and its management. You will gain insight into supporting pupils with disabilities and special educational needs, as well as the basics of literacy and numeracy. The "higher level" part of the course title prepares you to carry out specialist roles and duties within specific parts of the curriculum. You could, for example, construct lesson plans alongside delivering your usual Teaching Assistant duties in support of the class teacher and pupils.

The course addresses all of the challenges you will encounter in your new career, and is divided up into 10 highly structured and comprehensive modules that deliver the knowledge you will need to overcome them. The modules cover all aspects of the syllabus and have been specifically written to help you meet the 33 professional standards laid down by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). This will enable HLTAs who want to progress to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to have a clearer understanding of the additional knowledge and skills required.

Clicking on the “Course Outline” tab above reveals a full and detailed programme of the modules studied.

Entry Requirements

Perhaps surprisingly, the Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course has no entry requirements, other than personal motivation, desire and a genuine interest in the subject matter. As long as you also have a good general standard of education, you will gain immense benefit from it. You should be aware that once you progress into a school environment, or indeed any other organisation that involves access to children, you may be required to undergo a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check.

Course Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively. The modular method of delivery favoured by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. It actively prevents students from moving faster through sections they are more confident with, or taking more time over the deeper concepts that require more thought and comprehension.

PLUS: Students of My Distance Learning College automatically get FREE access to the acclaimed “iLearnitEasy” coursework management system, which makes submitting assignments, getting feedback and critique, and interacting with other students on the course for mutual support, an absolute breeze! Push-button simplicity . . .

CACHE Endorsed Learning Programme (ELP)

The course is endorsed by CACHE, who are an awarding organisation regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, The Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales, and the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

CACHE Endorsed Learning Programmes are the benchmark for high-quality, bespoke care, health and education training, and often marked the start of the pathway to a full qualification. The recognition they provide brings the prestige of CACHE to employers and learners alike.

No Final Exam . . . .

If the prospect of exams frightens the life out of you, there is even more good news. There is no final exam!

The low price of the course includes dedicated tutor support, regular critique and feedback, and all assignments are marked by one of our professional tutors. You can even pay by instalments if funds are tight.

What are you waiting for? Book your course today and start improving society and your local community by making a difference in the life of a child. It really could be that important.

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