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Working in Schools Developing Skills

  • Overview of the course

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    This course aims to give you the knowledge necessary to begin supporting learners within a school setting. It can apply to the different roles that full and part time support staff may fulfill including: administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteers, as well as those roles that work directly with children and young people in the school environment.
  • What you'll learn

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    The aims of the Developing Skills course is to give the learner an understanding of school settings and supporting children within these settings:
    Develop a background knowledge necessary to begin a career working in schools.
    Gain knowledge of the nature of today’s schools, the structure and content of the curriculum.
    Identify ways in which children learn, and what support staff and do to promote their learning.
    Begin a journey of personal and professional development which will enable the learner to progress onto employment and/or more advanced qualifications.
  • Entry requirements

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    There are no specific entry requirements for this course but we do expect full attendance.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will agree an Individual Learning plan (ILP) with your tutor identifying what you want and need to gain from the course. You will build up a folder of work which shows the range of skills and knowledge you have developed. You will receive supportive feedback throughout the course and track your progress through your individual Learning Plan.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    To progress onto Level 2 you will need to gain a Level 2 or GCSE English Language and have secured a voluntary placement of 5 hours per week in a school.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Rob Anacreonte: 01204 485957 or email:; or
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    No interview required.

    You can visit any of our Centres to enrol. Click here for our current enrolment times.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £86.00
  • Future opportunities

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    Successful completion of Working in Schools Developing Skills may enable you to progress onto Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. You may also be able to gain paid employment in Primary or Secondary Schools. Learners should be at least 19 years old.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    18:00 - 20:00
    2.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    12 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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