Addington School

QCF Training for Staff


Studying for your QCF Level 2 or 3 at Addington School


The programme at Henley College is closing soon.  We are currently looking for new providers to deliver these qualifications through. When we have further information we will update this page 



What are the Qualifications?


Addington School is now working with Henley College to deliver NCFE – CACHE (Council for Awards in Care Health and Education) qualifications at Level 2 and 3. These used to be called National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) but since 2011 are known as Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF)

QCF is about assessing competence in a real work environment to a national standard. The qualifications are built from units of assessment and every unit and qualification in the framework has a credit value and a level.

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The QCF Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Suite has been designed by the Qualification and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) together with the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) who are national agencies and recognised bodies responsible for the training and development of the schools workforce.


The QCF qualification suite is designed to provide a qualification applicable to Learning Support Staff who are working in our school and whose working role calls for competence across a varied range of responsibilities. It is also designed to provide progression routes to level 4 qualifications e.g. foundation degree or follow a career path into teaching.


The level 2 Certificate in ‘Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools’ is designed for learners working in roles that support pupil’s learning under the direction of the class teacher and/or who have limited experience of working in the classroom environment.


The ‘Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools’ is designed for those with more experience and usually have been working within Addington School for more than a year. It is very appropriate to the role of Teacher Assistant focusing on special educational needs. The Diploma should be the option for Learners wishing to become a qualified Teaching Assistant, however access to this will depend on experience.


We aim to fund these courses via the Apprenticeship Levy, however there are self-funding routes available.


We also support all staff to take part in additional professional qualifications that link to the whole school priorities and are dependent on the availability of funding.


Please see David Maycock for further information.