Developmental Psychology and National Occupational Standards

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National occupational standards for supporting teaching and learning in schools

Level 2 Core/Mandatory Units STL1 Provide support for learning activities

Who is this unit for?
This unit is for those who support the teacher in providing learning activities.

What is this unit about?
This unit is about the support provided to the teacher and pupils to ensure effective teaching and learning. It involves agreeing with the teacher what you will do to support planned learning activities, providing the agreed support and giving feedback to the teacher about how well the activity went. The learning activities may be for individual pupils, groups of pupils or the whole class. However your contribution to supporting the
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National occupational standards for supporting teaching and learning in schools


Provide support for learning activities

Knowledge and understanding
You need to know and understand: K1 the relationship between your own role and the role of the teacher within the learning environment your role and responsibilities for supporting pupils’ learning and the implications of this for the sort of support you can provide the school policies for inclusion and equality of opportunity, and the implication of these for how you work with pupils your experience and expertise in relation to supporting learning activities and how this relates to the planned activities the objectives of the learning activities to be supported the importance of planning and evaluation of learning activities the basic principles underlying child development and learning; the factors that promote effective learning; and the barriers to effective learning K8 K9 strategies to use for supporting pupils’ learning as individuals and in groups school policy on the use of praise, assistance, rewards and sanctions




K5 K6 K7

K10 the sorts of problems that might occur when supporting learning activities and how to deal with these K1 1 the importance of working within the boundaries of your role and competence and when you should refer to others K12 how to give feedback in a constructive manner and in a way that ensures that working
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