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Are there any Student Support Officers/Learning Mentors here..?

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Tillyscoutsmum Thu 24-Oct-13 21:27:07

I'll be returning to work after being a SAHM for the last 7 years. I don't want to return to my former profession for numerous reasons and I would really like to be a Learning Mentor/Student Support Office in a secondary school.

Just wondered if anyone was one and could offer me any advice/insights?

LJBanana Thu 24-Oct-13 21:45:52

I work in study support at a 6th form. Working with students with learning difficulties. Can I help?

Tillyscoutsmum Thu 24-Oct-13 22:02:05

Thank you smile

I just wondered how best to get into it really. I've done some research and am considering doing an online teaching assistant course. Just not sure whether the supporting teaching and learning one or the support working in schools one might be more relevant. Or something else entirely!

LJBanana Thu 24-Oct-13 22:19:37

I would say either are good options, but perhaps look at the spec for the kind of job you would want to apply for and see what the qualifications are that they're asking for.
I have a degree and a PGCE so I am qualified to teach, which I do as well as support work. But they weren't essential criteria just desirable ones. Might be best to ring your local adult college and get advice on the courses they have on offer and the progression.
I hope that helps a little.

jobwoes Fri 01-Nov-13 17:39:15

Don't do an online course! They are worthless. Any worthwhile teaching assistant course will require completion of a placement in a school.

Tillyscoutsmum Fri 01-Nov-13 22:01:32

Thanks for the advice. I had read that some of the online courses weren't recognised hmm I volunteer at dd's school, but don't really want to work full time until ds starts school next year. I was hoping to do something online that might help before then.

There is a "Mentoring in Education" course which I thought might be worthwhile (in conjunction with doing an nvq 3 "on the job" next September - all being well obviously!)

jobwoes Wed 06-Nov-13 20:14:24

You could always look at doing one or two education modules with the OU.

jobwoes Wed 06-Nov-13 20:17:54

Between now and next September, that is. Guessing you have Level 2 qualifications in English/Literacy and Maths/Numeracy - if not you will find those very useful (not all schools ask for them but you'll struggle to do the job without them).

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 06-Nov-13 20:39:58

Thank you. At the risk of sounding daft, what constitutes level 2 qualifications?

jobwoes Thu 07-Nov-13 09:47:44

O levels, GCSEs and Level 2 Functional Skills (English/Literacy, Maths/Numeracy and ICT) qualifications.

Tillyscoutsmum Thu 07-Nov-13 21:56:02

Ah. I see. Thanks. Will have a look at OU.

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