National occupational standards for supporting teaching learning

This publication was withdrawn on 17 November 2015

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Booklet and units for school leaders to help support staff with a wide range of staff development activities.


The national occupational standards for supporting teaching and learning (NOS for STL) describe what support staff need to do, know and understand in their roles.

They support the day-to-day activities of school leaders and support staff, and are aligned with national expectations and qualifications. Information on how the NOS for STL units link with the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) units is available in the introduction download for ‘Support staff essential training materials’.

Although the NOS for STL apply across the UK, guidance in these documents only applies to England.

The NOS booklet provides further information on how the NOS were developed and how they can be used. The full suite of units can be downloaded from this page and are split into units according to the corresponding National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level.