Nvq/Svq Level 3 Teaching Assistant's Handbook

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This sample unit is taken from Heinemann's NVQ/SVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant's Handbook: Secondary Schools, 2nd edition - 9780435449391. Find out more or order online at www.heinemann.co.uk/teachingassistants.

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Prepare and Maintain the Learning Environment

This unit looks at some of the different areas in which you will work within the school environment. It considers how you will need to familiarise yourself with different locations within the school and be able to work safely in them. You need to know where to find equipment and learning materials for a variety of subjects as well as items in everyday use. You should also have an awareness of those members of staff responsible for maintaining stocks of materials and resources for different subjects. Some learning environments may also be less accessible for pupils with special educational (Additional Support for Learning (ASL)) needs. You need to work with others to ensure that these pupils have equal access to equipment and materials as well as movement around the school.

This sample unit is taken from Heinemann's NVQ/SVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant's Handbook: Secondary Schools, 2nd edition - 9780435449391. Find out more or order online at www.heinemann.co.uk/teachingassistants.

What you need to know and understand

For this unit, you will need to know and understand:
Your role and responsibility for preparing the learning environment The roles and responsibilities of others within the school in respect of establishing and maintaining learning environments The principles and practices of inclusive education and the implications of these for setting out learning environments The school’s health and safety policy Who within the school is responsible for health and safety and the procedures for reporting concerns or problems Basic knowledge of pupils’ physical development and any additional support needs and the importance of taking account of these when considering safety arrangements and positioning furniture, equipment and materials The need of all pupils to explore their environment in safety and security The school requirements and any other guidance for health, hygiene, safety and supervision in the setting, including access to premises, store rooms and storage areas Any health and safety requirements for the materials used in the learning environment or to prepare learning materials, e.g. COSHH requirements How to dispose of waste materials safely and with due regard to recycling opportunities and sustainable development How environmental factors (temperature, light, etc.) may affect the learning process and how they should be adjusted for different activities How the environment would need to be adapted for pupils with sensory and/or physical impairments How to encourage pupils to accept responsibility for the safe use and care of equipment and materials in the learning environment Who to report deficiencies, damage or shortfalls in equipment and materials to and the procedures for doing this

Your role and responsibility for preparing the learning environment You need to work in a number of different learning environments and understand why they are needed. Learning environments include any area within the school, for example specialist areas such as ICT  S/NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant’s Handbook: Secondary Schools, 2nd Edition

Key term
Learning environment – any area inside or outside the school setting that is used for teaching and learning

This sample unit is taken from Heinemann's NVQ/SVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant's Handbook: Secondary Schools, 2nd edition - 9780435449391. Find out more or order online at www.heinemann.co.uk/teachingassistants.

suites or food technology rooms. They also include outside areas or those beyond the school where learning takes place: these may be places visited on school trips or during extended school provision. You or the class teacher will need to be familiar with all these areas before...
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