Help with Teaching Assistant Level 3.

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If you have a question on your level 3 course please comment with your questions I would love to help you the best I can.

The Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning within Schools is at A level. This course not only looks at how the TA works in the classroom but also the knowledge behind teaching and school structures.

It asks for the candidate to demonstrate their ability to lead a lesson which has been planned by a teacher and deliver it at a good standard and manage the student’s behaviour to keep them safe in a safe environment.

This course has an element of cover supervisor units as well embedded within the course which opens up doors to become a cover supervisor as well as to begin the journey as an HLTA.

Read more about HLTA in my blog now.

How to reduce assessment time ?

Many teachers spend hours writing evaluating, recording and tracking assessment and evidence there is often to to help learners progress individually or for you to give them back worth while feedback.

Here are some top tips that help me out.

1. Get in the habit of as soon as you get an assessment to do … do it then and there don’t store it for later do it straight away. This will help you as it’s in you will remember it and the assessment is fresh in your mind.

When you leave things you can easily forget what you were doing heading to the assessment turning into a memory recall game increasing the risk of forgetting information and key parts where students need to learn.

2. Plan yourself time

One of the biggest challenges is to set time to do work and time to relex. However, remember that you need some time to think and plan your assessments PPA time should be using for this. Aways try and think to yourself what can you do to at home and what can you do at school. If you can do it all at school do it straight away.

You got some more email me I’ll add them up.

LAMDA support tools

Here are some links to my flash cards resources to support students learning there knowledge questions for their exam.

Knowledge questions can make a big difference weither student pass or get a distinction, especially at higher levels of bronze, silver and gold. Therefore it is critical that students are able to obtain knowledge when talking to the examiner as well as be able to describe and use appropriate language to fully paint the picture of their characters journey.

For students to be able to do this I’ve put together some knowledge question flashcards for students to look over and answers the questions depending on their grade level and think about possible answers and how they approach them.

All the questions on the flash cards are ones that will be asked as a formality in the exams however, there are some prompts and ideas that the students can think about on another card to support their learning and you give some indication of what the examiner is looking for.

Go to the link below and get your flash cards now for just £2.50 (for one set level) or get all of the questions for all levels for £10.

Art Awards Courses

What is the Art awards?

The Art awards are regulated qualifications that can be obtained in recognition of the hard work of students getting involved and creating art, dance, drama, taking photos making movies, supporting with stage lighting or anything that involves creativity.

I am a trained art awards advisers and if you would like to take part and gain a qualification then please do get in touch I can guild you through the process and everything that is needed to do this.

There are four different stages

Explore – A non-accredited qualification what allows students to start to develop their skills.

Discover – A starting course set at an enrty level below GCSE level to again give students a start at requireing these skills.

Bronze – A Level 1 course that starts to develop on students skills to get them able to maxiusie their skills

Silver – A Level 2 course set at GCSE level this course gets students thinking and trying new and excted art forms that that is not in there main interest, to give them a chance to try out new things.

Gold – At Level 3 this course gets students in the roles to fully get involed and lead projects along with trying out new art forms.

If you are interested in taking these courses at a low cost then please get in touch by filling in the applacation below.

Family Partnership Team/Officer.

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What is a family partnership officer?

A family partnership officer is a person or sometimes a team for the larger schools, which support communications in-between families and schools. They would be the families information centre for everything they would need to know about the school.

Family partnerships officers can support families in some ways from home issues that could affect the student’s education.  They would take time to talk to families about these problems and provide help and support when needed.  Such as funding, plan meetings, address issues with school matters and put in place relevant interventions.

Family partnership officers also play a significant role in students transitions, supporting families and students when moving on from the school to a new place of work, study or other forms of training. E.g. apprenticeships or internships.

Teaching Assistant Level 2

What is a Teaching Assistant?

Usually, a teaching assistant (TA) is a trained person who is the qualified person with responsibilities of ensuring students and safe and support them with their learning.

At level 2 you will be a classroom teaching assistant with no additional responsibilities you will oversee the whole class and work with everyone. You may prepared resources for work, make display boards, support in trips and keep the classroom safe and clean.

You will have to respond to the needs of the children with or without SEN, (Speical Educational Needs) Teaching Assistants at Level 2 will work under the guidance of a classroom teacher in ensuring that the lesson runs safely and smoothly. They are an extra pair of hands and eye. They would have a line manager who would be an HLTA. Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

Some teaching assistants even contribute to the development of the teacher’s lesson plans. To give the students support in areas that the TA has I identify. At level 2 this might be providing feedback to the class teacher. At a higher level such as HLTA this might be to make and make a lesson. Read more about HLTA.

After, level 2 TA you might want to become a Level 3 TA or become an HLTA.



Whats the difference from Level 3 Teaching Assistant and HLTA?

I have been asked this question several times now and I find it hard really pinpoint myself. However, I think there is a few things to bear in mind. When talking about Specialist Teaching Assistant and an HLTA.


To start off with its important to understand that the employer have an overall say in what happens within your organisation in regards to Teaching Assistants job role, however, there has to be considerations in regards to workload and subject knowledge and how confident you feel. Advice can be found on the following website about this.

A HLTA is a teaching assistant with supervisor responsibilities over other teaching assistants and may plan and cover lessons as and when required.

They work with teachers and SENCOs to improve and raise standards of learning and wellbeing.

A level 3 TA has not got management tasks or supervisor responsibility for the other TAs they would normally have a subject they are confident in and would support and oversee projects to do with that subject e.g. English TA would attend all core skills meeting and work with the teacher closely. They may deliver planing from the teacher but they would not make lesson plans. However, they are allowed to contribute to lesson plans they may also ask have meetings and information.