Teaching Assistant success on Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges

Teaching Assistants, Izabela Piankowska, Lorraine Scott and Sharon Southam, are celebrating success as the first in the South East to achieve the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges. The learners at training provider PACA have been working hard over the past year to achieve the newly accredited qualification.

The CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges (603/2474/0) aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners working in schools and colleges, with learners acquiring and using skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection throughout the qualification during work-based learning.

Izabela Piankowska, Teaching Assistant within the Support Department at Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton, undertook an exciting project during the Level 4 Certificate which was to create a sensory learning space for students within the department.  

Izabela commented: “It was an exceptionally helpful and informative qualification. I enjoyed every class and I gained a lot of knowledge. The supporting materials were well organised and helpful.”

Experienced Teaching Assistant Lorraine Scott predominately works in the Reception class at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Portslade but also covers PPA time across various year groups. For her project, Lorraine updated the existing school garden and pond, creating an outside learning area to help with children’s wellbeing, while giving them experience of growing fresh vegetables and exploring nature.

Lorraine said: “I was apprehensive about doing the course as I have little confidence, however the journey and experience has shown me that I can do it! It was great learning alongside people from different settings, as we were able to bounce ideas off each other and get a broader picture. I have learnt a lot from the theory behind the practice; it has given me a greater understanding of the way teaching and learning is planned and delivered at my own school.”

Seaside Primary in Lancing is passionate about providing CPD opportunities for staff and recognised Teaching Assistant, Sharon Southam, for her professional and dedicated nature and recommended she take the Level 4 qualification. Sharon created a Teaching Assistant Induction Booklet for her project and in undertaking the research, sought suggestions from her colleagues to gain an insight into the key elements that they believed should be included.

Sharon spoke about the Level 4 qualification: “The whole experience was great. Meeting, studying and working alongside the other Teaching Assistants was extremely valuable and has provided me with a much broader understanding.”

To find out more information about the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges, please visit our qualhub website.