PDA Education Support Assistant
Full-time, one year
The Education Support Assistant (ESA) role is particularly relevant in educational settings. It provides support for a range of children and young people with Additional Support Needs in primary or secondary school settings. Working in an ESA role requires patience, sensitivity and responsive approaches. Although often hard work, it can also be very rewarding. At this level, there’s a significant amount of research and writing required, as you explore the theory and practices relevant to the Education Support Assistant role.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
This Professional Development Award gives you specific knowledge of issues associated with children and young people in educational settings, including Additional Support Needs (ASN) across a broad spectrum of specific needs and disabilities.
You’ll spend 2 days in college and 1 day in placement in a primary school, although the course is also available as a ‘Blended Learning Twilight Course’ for those already working as Classroom Assistants.
Here’s more on what you’ll be doing:
You’ll also have the chance to hear from guest speakers who are specialist practitioners, especially for ASN eg presentations on Music for Children with Autism.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of: