Teaching Assistants upskilling through CACHE qualification

Current and aspiring Teaching Assistants, Emma O’Gara, Charlotte Chant and Victoria McBride are currently studying the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning at Bolton College.

CACHE Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications provide learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment, including development, safeguarding, communication and professional relationships.


Career progression

Emma and Victoria are both currently working in Teaching Assistant roles in local schools and have used the CACHE qualification to upskill and progress their career. Emma said: “I’ve really enjoyed studying the CACHE qualification and it’s been very clear throughout as it’s broken down into sections for skills and knowledge. The varying assessment methods are great as they are flexible to learners’ strengths. I especially like that witness statements can be included to show the skills and knowledge I have gained and put into practice in my setting.”

Victoria added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed studying the CACHE qualification, which has fully met my expectations, covering all the topics I would expect to see on a course designed to upskill Teaching Assistants. The units in promoting positive behaviour, communication and professional relationships were particularly enjoyable for me.

“Assignments and witness statements were all well-structured and the teaching was delivered effectively, in order to ensure that students were fully equipped to successfully meet all the criteria.”


Moving on to higher education

Charlotte is now beginning an access to Higher Education qualification at Bolton University, with plans to complete a Foundation Degree in Education in September. She has found the CACHE qualification extremely beneficial in her career journey.

Charlotte commented: “The Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning allows learners to gain knowledge that you may not necessarily gain in a placement environment and it gives a good insight into what a future role as in education will entail.

“I would recommend the qualification to anyone looking at a career in supporting teaching and learning and I feel a great sense of achievement knowing I will soon have my qualification.”


Enjoyable and stress-free delivery

Robert Anacreonte, Curriculum Leader of Teacher Education at Bolton College, commented on delivering the CACHE qualifications: “Delivery staff find these qualifications straightforward to teach, making them enjoyable and stress-free. The clear content of the qualification specifications allows curriculum planning to be carried out with ease.

“Suggestions on resources and tips to assist delivery, along with support materials are all readily available. The assessment criteria challenges learners to evidence their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways and the assessment methods available allow tutors to tailor to the learning needs of each individual, making assessment inclusive of all needs.

“CACHE provides exceptional customer support to our centre, from the exams office, to teaching delivery and to internal assessors. We would recommend CACHE to other centres and learners.”

Find out more about CACHE Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications at qualhub.co.uk.