Try Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS) - virtual (13RN07CL/21)

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Course details

This session is for anyone either interested in or already working in a school support role. This could be supporting pupils’ directly or in a role such as administration, catering or site staff.

It will give you an overview of what you can expect to learn should you choose to progress to study for one of our qualification courses, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS) and Support Work in Schools (SWIS). By the end of the session you should have a better idea of how each qualification will be delivered and the level of study involved; this should help you to decide how you might like to progress.

This course is delivered via virtual learning. You will not need to attend any physical delivery but you will need to commit to attending the virtual session at the specified date and time.

What do I need to join the course?

Enthusiasm to learn more! You do not need to have any previous experience of working in schools to attend this course. Your tutor will advise you on the routes to take, should you wish to progress further in this area. As the course is being delivered virtually through Microsoft Teams you will need to ensure that you are able to connect to the internet, have a web browser (e.g. Google chrome, Microsoft Edge) and are able to follow the links to take part in the virtual activities. This will include having some basic computer skills, including being able to use a keyboard and mouse.

What do I need to provide for the first session?

This course is delivered via virtual learning on Microsoft Teams. You will not need to attend any classroom delivery but you will need to commit to attending the virtual sessions at the specified dates and times. In order to participate in the virtual sessions you will need access to the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Smartphone/Tablet
  • Headset/earphones if required, including a microphone (unless you are able to work in an area where you will not be disturbed/disturb others
  • A reliable internet connection
  • An email address to access the virtual classroom
  • A means of using video conferencing e.g. integrated webcam, webcam, smart phone/tablet with camera
  • Teams app downloaded (free download is available –
  • You may find it useful to have a notebook and pen to make notes and you may be asked to submit work back to your tutor, therefore the ability to produce a text or word document that you can upload or email to your tutor will be beneficial.

If you are new to virtual learning and/or unsure about how to join a virtual learning session please contact us as soon as possible, but at the latest 2 working days prior to your course starting. We will then arrange for one of our Personal Advisors to contact you and talk you through how to access the sessions. You may also want to attend the ‘preparing for virtual learning’ short session, this will help you to get started and feel confident in participating with any future virtual learning courses. For more details on this please visit our course booking site or contact us at 01482 887670 or email

How will I be taught?

You will attend an interactive virtual online session and will be able to participate in group and one to one discussions in real time.
You will be taught and supported by experienced tutors and will take part in some initial assessment tasks to find out what you already know. The course will include tutor input, small group work and online learning.

What will I learn?

You will learn more about the role of teaching assistants and other support staff in schools along with the skills and knowledge you need should you decide that you would like to follow this as a career path.

What could I do next?

Should you decide that you want to continue to work towards a qualification we will arrange for you to have a discussion with one of our learning advisors, who will be able to support you to progress to the qualification course.

You may decide, however, that this is not what you are looking for now and wish to try a different subject. We offer a range of opportunities in computer skills, English, maths, employability, creative skills, retail skills, photography and much more.

Can we help you to learn?

You can find more information on the Financial help and additional support page or you can contact us to talk about this and any other support we can provide.