Would you like to work in a school? Why not train to be a teaching assistant at Hartpury College?
While Hartpury is particularly renowned for its sport, equine, agriculture and animal courses and facilities, many people are not aware that the college also offers a wide range of business, vocational and short courses, including teaching assistant qualifications.
Students benefit from a mix of classroom-based teaching and work experience in classrooms throughout Gloucestershire as they work towards their Level Two and Three Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications. Each student has a dedicated assessor to support and guide them through every stage of the course.
Jane Poole, Head of Hartpury Business, said: “While some of our learners already work in schools before taking the course, for others, it can open up doors to a new career, often one that they can fit in around their family, or help them back into work after having children.
“Some of them simply want to achieve a formal qualification to recognise their competence in a role they have been fulfilling for many years.”
Chloe Neathway, 24, from Tewkesbury, has recently completed her Level Three Specialist Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. She said: “I loved my experience being on placement at school and I found the course, especially the workshops, really helpful. The tutors were very supportive.
“I knew the school I worked at already and some of the children, so it was really nice to be able to go into the classroom and support them. The teacher gave me a lovely personal statement when I left.”
You can find out more about the teaching assistant courses on offer here
Sixteen students recently achieved their certificates and six were able to attend a special presentation evening at Hartpury. While many have gone on to get jobs in schools, others already working in schools have secured more hours or been able to take on more specialist roles, while some have moved on to further training.
Deanna Awan, 53, from Gloucester, who completed her Level Two Certificate, said: “My assessor was really supportive as I was nervous in the beginning. Since I have finished, I have gained more hours working as a teaching assistant, which is what I was aiming for. I’m really pleased and very proud of myself.”