April 30th, 2013
The Teaching Assistant College will be heading off to London in a couple of weeks to attend the 32nd COBIS Annual Conference. The COBIS Conference is a key event for the team as it is a fantastic opportunity to speak to delegates attending from schools all over the world. Eva Cartwright and Claire Preece will [...]BSME Conference
February 28th, 2013
Eva Cartwright has recently returned from the British Schools of the Middle East Annual Conference. The conference was held in Jordan from the 5th – 8th January and was a huge success, with our new launches for 2013 being very well received. Eva would like to thank all the delegates who took the time to discuss [...]
Published on May 4th, 2012
Have you just completed a qualification as a Teaching Assistant?
Or at least you thought you had until you went for a job or maybe taken your certificate into school!
The Teaching Assistant College is increasingly hearing from students who have completed a qualification with a provider only to find it is not subsequently accepted by schools and thus not worth the paper it is written on.
It is most disappointing for us to hear of people being offered qualifications that are so called, ‘equivalent to this’, and ‘equivalent to that’, only to find they achieve nothing at the end of their studies.
We know how important it is to gain a recognised qualification and as an approved centre with CACHE and City and Guilds you can be assured that the only certificates we hand out, will have been issued by those proper Awarding Bodies and that schools and Education Authorities will recognise it and you will have a qualification to proudly display on your CV.
It is imperative when making your choice that you ensure the course is a QCF qualification that you are applying for.
QCF stands for the Qualification Credit Framework.
Without a qualification being on the QCF you can almost guarantee that it is NOT going to be a valuable one as it absolutely essential that any new qualification is from this framework.
The Teaching Assistant College has heard such statements as ‘I have just completed a qualification, it’s through a certain training provider and I have just found out, to my horror, that the Certificate is not worth the paper it is written on’.
Another advised they were so angry that they felt the wool had been pulled over their eyes by the training provider in offering a qualification that just simply isn’t meaningful.
Please remember if you do a qualification that isn’t on the QCF, then at some point in your career you will need to do a different qualification to the one you have taken.
With regard to Awarding Bodies that accredit the courses to QCF standard these include: CACHE, City and Guilds, OCR, EdExel and NCFE.
We are tending to find that the preferred Awarding Body is CACHE. (Council for Awards in Children’s Health and Education). They are an outstanding Awarding Body that Schools in the UK and worldwide recognise as being a great provider of qualifications.
It is therefore ideal if you can complete a qualification in line with the QCF and with CACHE, you can then be absolutely sure that your qualification is exactly what it needs to be.
Here at the Teaching Assistant College we feel extremely strongly about these issues and we want to help counteract all the wrongs that are going on in terms of people being sold qualifications that are misleading and are not meaningful.
We want you to receive the very best information and guidance when choosing a qualification so we are offering you an ‘obligation free service’ regardless of whether you decide to study with us or not.
We invite you to give us a call to establish if a course you have found is actually accredited and worthy of the paper it is written on.
Please call the Teaching Assistant College at anytime, We are usually open between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm, sometimes a little later.
If you do so we will be more than happy to help you find the qualification that is meaningful, and right for YOU.