‘Get back to class!’ – Hartlepool school encouraging mature students with two new courses

St Hild's Church of England School on King Oswy Drive in Hartlepool.
St Hild's Church of England School on King Oswy Drive in Hartlepool.

A TOWN secondary school is encouraging mature students to go back to the classroom after putting on two courses aimed at helping people to carve out a career in teaching.

St Hild’s Church of England School, in King Oswy Drive, is holding an Introduction to Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

The course runs for five weeks, with the first session getting underway tomorrow.

During the course, students will learn about child and young person development, portfolio building and study skills.

Support will be given in arranging a school placement and the relevant clearances required.

The fee is £53 to enrol on. or free to those who are in receipt of any income-based benefits.

That course will be followed up by the more advanced Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, which is a NCFE Level 2 qualification designed to help people gain employment within the school environment.

It runs from February 27 until July 7, and enables learners to develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required when working or looking to work or volunteer in an entry level role within the school’s workforce.

Successful candidates will directly support the teaching and learning of pupils in primary, secondary or special schools and will develop the skills and knowledge needed to provide effective support for teachers and pupils.

A school spokeswoman said: “There is a requirement for assessment in real work environment and learners must have a placement either as a volunteer or a member of staff in a learning environment.”

The cost of this course is £300, or free for those on benefits .

For further information about either of the courses or to book a place, please contact Julie Fletcher at St Hild’s Church of England School on (01429) 234145 or (01429) 273041.