Support staff essential training materials

This publication was withdrawn on 17 November 2015

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Materials for school support staff who have been recently appointed or those that may benefit from refresher training,


These essential training materials are modular in design and intended for school support staff who have been recently or newly appointed, have been in post for some time but may benefit from further or refresher training, or who are changing role. The materials are not intended to replace school-based introductory/induction training but to complement it. They have been designed so that they can also be used to support the achievement of Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) qualifications if desired.

By successfully completing the essential training, support staff will gain some necessary background knowledge to help them play a full part in supporting teachers, pupils and the school.

A register of regulated qualifications is available on the Ofqual website.