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Developing Learning Support Colleagues

North Hampshire TA to teacher event

4pm to 7pm, 21st  November 2016,

Court Moor School


The foundation degree in Learning Support at Farnborough College of Technology is for all those involved in a teaching and learning support role and who have achieved a full NVQ Level 3 for teaching assistants or an equivalent qualification.


This is a full time award, delivered on a part time basis (one evening per week) over two years and is designed and delivered at the University Centre of Farnborough and is validated by the University of Surrey.


The programme leads to a foundation degree in Learning Support. A further year of study (one evening per week) allows an opportunity to study a BA (Hons) in Education (Learning Support). Students, once studying the BA (Hons), can apply for initial teacher training (Schools Direct, SCITT or PGCE) for primary, special and independent schools. Learning support practitioners in secondary schools may find that the BA (Hons) could contribute to an application for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course as a pathway into initial teacher training. 


Better Together Teaching School Alliance are recruiting trainee teachers for September 2017, this is through the Schools Direct programme. We are looking to recruit candidates who are interested in teaching in special needs. In collaboration with Reading University and Better together Teaching Alliance, successful candidates will have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


This event will enable staff to explore their options to begin their journey towards QTS without having to give up their jobs to study full time for a degree. The main focus for gaining degrees will be foundation degrees offered by local providers.


There will also be information about options from the Open University.


To register your interest and book a place for this event please email

Developing Learning Support Colleagues (ELKLAN)


Better Together Alliance intent to run run an ELKLAN course for existing Learning Support Assistants to further develop and utilise their expertise.

The link below explains the content and rationale for the programme which is spread over a period of 10 weeks and will be facilitated by two Speech and Language Therapists.


If you are interested in this Continuing Professional Development opportunity or other similar programmes do please get in touch through

ELKLAN courses are quality assured by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.