Is anyone else doing the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)?

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Hope this helps

Question 2 - Both internal and external factors affecting relationship with children and young people.

External - Economic factors, Stress, Health, Parental interactions, learning environment, social background

Internal - Down's syndrome, ADHD/ADD, hearing impairment, physical impairment

Barriers affect adults not dissimilar to children.
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Thank you. I understand what I need to include just stuck on how I would start to write it up if that makes sense. I'm finding it very hard to put what I want to say in writing.

Maria

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You could start off by saying how relationships are essential in aiding a child's learning. State that there are both external and internal factors that can affect a child's ability to form relationships. Then list and explain the factors.
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Thank you Sarah for your help. much appreciated.
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Hope it helps. Good Luck. 


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Hi Sarah when you say list and explain the factors could you elaborate on this a little for me sorry to be such a pain.

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Say what the external factors can include i.e. economic factors and say why this can or how it affect relationships. See page 9 in course booklet.


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thank you


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Hey there, I am really confused at the moment. I think I have done all the course so far but now, I just found that there is Stage A and Stage B. Stage B happens to be the same questions that Stage A so I don't know if any of you can help me. I would really appreciate your help as I'm starting to pull my hair off. Don't know what to do. Thanks a lot!!
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I'm currently doing Unit 4 and I'm struggling about what to include for question 1. I've completed the other questions but question 1 is just not coming together. Can anyone help as to what is needed to answer the question?

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Yes, I am doing it too.  I am on chapter 4 right now.
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How are you finding the course? I am looking forward to getting my course materials is there anything online that I should or could do before my materials arrive?
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It is ok for the first few chapters, but then it gets pretty in depth.    I did all mine online so I always used the portal to view my work and the questions I had to answer.  One thing I would say is don't answer all the questions that are posed to you in the book-just do the ones at the end of chapter that are graded.  I did both for the first chapter, and then I asked if we had to submit them and they said no, only the ones at the end.

Good luck with it all!
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I am sick of assignment one. All I seem to be doing is repeating everything for the effective relationship again for the effective communication


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Hi I received my course materials today, well a folder and the book to go in it, what is the assignments is it the questions that they ask you to complete at the end of the sections or is it something else all together? I logged on to my student portal but that doesn't have anything on there about the course at all. Am I being a little dumb here?!!!
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Hi I've started this course and agree with the comments. Question one seems to repeat it self over and over. I seem to be writing loads and just repeating it in the next section. Its really annoying that they don't provide a lot of information in the materials.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
New comers to Level 4.


Hi just started Level 4 Teaching assistant course  and was wondering if there is anybody else doing this course or has done this course      Joanne
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Hi I have just passed unit 8. Enjoying it so much.
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Joanna

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Well done Helen 
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Just passed Unit 5. 
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Stuck on unit 2
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Sarah Draper

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What are you stuck with?
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I just can't get started
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Michelle K

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Thank you so much x
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If you are still struggling contact your tutor. If they are anything like mine then you will get good info.
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Just sent off my first assignment so fingers crossed
 
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How do you get the HLTA  Status once gaining your Qualification
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Joanna

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passed my first assignment got my paper back today x
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Well done x
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Hi is anyone doing assignment 3 Question 1 on the HLTA Course i am stuck on Statutory and Non-statutory Framework x
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Sorry We can't give help out on the forum. If you email your tutor they will give you advice.
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Hi. Can anyone recommend a good textbook to go with the hlta course? i had the heinemann book when i did level 3, which came with the course, but have been looking for a textbook for level 4. i found Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools: A Handbook for Higher Level Teaching Assistants? does anyone know if its any good??
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Hi Maria

I have been using a book called 'The essential guide for HLTA's learning and teaching by Anne Watkinson 
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thanks. i will have a look. how are you getting on? did you do the level 3 first? i am just about to start. 
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i did my level 2 at a college and i did my level 3 through Stonebridge and now I am doing my HLTA through Stonebridge i have just sent my third assignment off  
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Sent off my Final Exam after I finished units -10 can anyone tell me how long I would normally wait for a result. Is it posted on line,
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Hopefully it shouldn't be too long i would give it a couple of weeks maybe Congratulations 
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Joanna Simpson

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Its not posted Online its posted too you with your certificates and a letter from Stonebridge with your Grade 
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Help I'm stuck on unit 2, Q3. Any help gratefully appreciated x
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I wrote about my job role in school  Who i communicate with Teachers, Senco,Headteachers etc 
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I have started assignment 1. I am finding it covers quite alot of level 3 unit on communication and professional relationships but i have written 2000 words just to cover the first question. Am i writing too much and waffling? how much did you write? did you include the every child matters campaign and legislation? i dont want to over do it but dont want to miss anything out either! any guidance would be appreciated. thanks
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I wrote about 2000 words for the first question on this...I think more will be better if your stuck speak to your tutor they will help you    Good Luck 
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There's no real right or wrong I don't think on this course with word count. I found on some units I did a lot and on others not as much. I've just completed the course and passed with distinction :)
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thanks for your help. i feel a bit like i am drowning but think thats probably just getting back into studying...well done for your distinction by the way! that gives me something to aim for.
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Sometimes you can make it harder than it actually is. I found it hard going from having a word count in Level 3 to none at all so sometimes it felt like I wasn't doing enough. Made up with it with the exam, that was about 8 pages long!
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Nearly finished Assignment 5  so half way through 
 
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Finished Assignment 7 only a couple more to go x
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I have just completed assignment 5!! half way!! x
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I'm currently on Unit 9. Is it me or does Question 2 seem to relate to Unit 10?
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I am on unit 8 and alot of it relates to unit 7! When i did my level 3 i found a lot of cross referencing as i progressed with the course too. Nearly done though!!
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Hi Im on assignment 10 Not sure on Question 1 
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Same here.
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Sorry, cant help as I am still on unit 9!! can u give me some idea of what to put for unit 9 question 2 about rules for observing in the classroom???? i asked the college and they said it was for observing children. I am putting about being unobtrusive and being aware of confidentiality.....am i getting it right????
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I have done unit 9 now and am on unit 10!
I think q1 is asking you to use observation and being observed as a reflective part of your practice. i.e how can we improve by a - observing others and b- being observed and receiving feedback. Do you think this could be it???
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Sounds good
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have you finished unit 10? I have done questions 1 and 2 but am not sure if i have written enough...i have done about 500 words for each question. how much did you write?
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Hi, I have just started this course and am thrown into a panic. Someone said they are reading the first book. I only have the online course material. Am I missing something?
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Hi Sharon, 

For students studying the HLTA course via the online method, all course material will be available to view and read in their online account, and a text book will not be required for this course.

Best regards, 
Stonebridge Colleges

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Thank you for putting my mind at rest
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I'm just finishing unit 10   to be sent for marking x
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Good luck with your unit 10. I am just starting the course and was looking for someone to share ideas and chat to
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I'm on unit 3 happy to share ideas
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Just passed unit 10. One more to go.
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Hi Sharon how are you getting on with the final exam paper 
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Just started the final assignment. Am I right in thinking that I just summarise each of the units in my own words.
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Thats what i am doing. i am reading my essays and bullet pointing the main points. i think thats what its asking us to do.
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Hi I just cant get my head around assignment 10 questions, any ideas?

Michelle x


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I looked at why we observe.
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Had this for nearly 5 months now.... Just cannot seem to get fully into it!! Doesn't help working full time with 4 kids also. Anyone else found it hard going??

Heather x

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It's taken me nearly 18months
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Maria, out of interest how many pages have you written for the first question on assignment 11.
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hiya. I have not done it all to be honest. I have started though and i have written between 10 and 20 bullet points for each summary. what about you? i think its important to pick out the main points through the waffle...?????
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p.s i am hopin to get it finished during our 2 day half term next week! i am in spain so we only get 2 days!
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I've done about 20 pages for the first question. Seems a lot but I can't seem to cut it down any more. 
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Maybe i need to rethink then. For q2 i was planning on writing a practical experience showing use of learning from each unit. What do u think?
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I was going to go through each unit and see how i use it in practice in my school. I might have written too much for the first question.
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Sarah, i think your 20 pages is right! I am going through each essay and picking out the most important parts and putting them in and its alot more than i thought!
have u finished q2 yet?
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I've done question 2. I've tried to give examples of how I've tied the different areas in to work. Just waiting for a friend to proof read then I'm sending it off.
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Good luck! Let me know how u get on! How much did u write?
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I wrote about 5 pages
For question 2.
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Thanks. Let me know!!! I hope to hand mine in next week too.
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Maria. I've sent it off!!
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Sarah, I sent mine in this morning!!! Did you get yours back yet?????
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It can take 10 working days to come back. Still waiting
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Has anyone heard back about there final exam yet? I'm fast approaching the ten day mark and am worried as I haven't heard anything yet! X
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Has anyone heard back about there final exam yet? I'm fast approaching the ten day mark and am worried as I haven't heard anything yet! X
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I've only gone three days so I've got a while to go yet. It is working days so it is effectively two weeks.
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I'm on 8 working days so far hoping to hear before the weekend x
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Hopefully you will hear by Friday. Let us know how you get on. Who is your tutor? Might give us all an idea of how long our final results will be.
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Vanessa I think x
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Mine is Susan.
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Mines Susan too sorry I looked at the internal moderator! I think a lot of people have her?
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Looks like I've got a while to wait then.
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Have you heard anything yet Lucy?
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Hi sorry meant to update yesterday, yeah got a distinction, which I'm happy with although no feed back? Also have only just heard about the ABC awards change and wanted NCFE
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Congratulations.
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Sarah, did you get your results yet? I haven ́t but its only been 7 days.....
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Not yet. Only been 7 working days for me.
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Sarah Draper

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Got my result back. I passed.
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Yay! Well done! Fingers crossed for me now.
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Have you heard anything yet Maria?
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Maria Lea

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Yay!!! Passed! Well done to all of us! I start my pgce in september now!
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Well done. Good luck for September.
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I am on my final assignment for this course I have to Q2 ' with reference to  your learning summarise how you will be able to utilise these theories'   I know what to put its just getting onto paper!!
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All I did was put down examples under each of the 10 headings of what I did in my role as a TA
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Sarah, I noticed a while back you got stuck on Unit 4 question 1.  I too am stuck on this as I'm not actually a TA so have no idea about planning a lesson.  How did you structure your answer if you don't mind me asking?  Thank you :o)
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Hi Sharon I have just started this course, just wondering what book everyone is referring too thanks
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Carmelle you don't need a book for this course. All the course material is provided for you either online, if you've chosen that option, or by post.
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Is that the units 1-10 materials, I have downloaded all of those just haven't looked at them yet. Waiting till we break up for the holidays
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It will be. I did it via post so only got each unit as I finished the previous.
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Aww thanks so much
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Well I have just submitted my unit 1 , fingers crossed
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Yes, passed Unit 1
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Well done!! Just got my pass for unit 6 too. If you need advice for unit 2 just shout
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Aww, thank you will be having a bash at that later x
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Well done for unit 6
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carmelle

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Yeah passes unit 2 and have submitted unit 3 fingers crossed
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Well done on unit 2 any news in your unit 3? I'm site all will be fine.
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Yes I have passed unit 3 too, just in the process of doing unit 4
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maria panayides

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Well done
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carmelle

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Thank you
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carmelle

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Yeah passed units 4,5,6 submitted unit 7 now starting unit 8 and I've got writers block help ☺☺
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Hi,

Can someone help me, please? I've just started the course and I'm wondering how you go about answers the questions. I'm assuming you do not go into great detail like you would with a college essay, whereby you add quote's etc. You just basically 'answer' the question in a simple format using bullet points or list where necessary???

Any help would be appreciated :)

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Yes just answer each question in the units, there is normally about 4. Good luck
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Thank you Carmelle.

How are you finding the course?


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Ok, struggled to get started on unit1 at first but once you started i just kept going on unit 8 now, so fingers crossed. Have you started yet?

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yeah, started to answer the questions but feel like I'm repeating myself.
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There is a lot of repetition between the units especially unit 1 and unit 7 and 8.
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Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has finished yet and what happens once we have finished. 

I have just submitted Unit 6 and I'm on Unit 7 - any tips on how to complete unit 7 and then 8?

Thank you 

:) 
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I have just completed this course with a Distinction. I'm not at home at the moment but I can have a little look see what I wrote about and get back to you if your still needing advice
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Hey Maria,

That would be great thank you!

Now that you've finished the course what happens?
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Well done Maria, I have received my certificate now Verona just waiting to show my headteacher and see what happens then.
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Verona Angol

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Thanks Carmelle how long did it take you to complete altogether?
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Well for me Verona I will now appy for HLTA status with the backing from my school, however my school are happy to change my contract as I'm already doing the work as a HLTA. Some school's will employ you without you having the status but having the certificate and experience and some want you to have full status before employing you. It really depends on the school.

Wow that was fast carmelle!! Well done again!
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Thanks Mara! 

I want to finish this course before I start my new role as a TA, after having been a SEN Teaching Assistant. My aim is to finish this month.

Thanks for the responses. 

:-)
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Verona I started the 2nd week of the school holidays and finished it last week, I just kept doing a unit everyday.
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That's quick. Unit 7 has me stoked right now :(
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If I can help let me know
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Verona Angol

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Are you good at fixing PC's because mine just died
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carmelle clyne

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Oh no I'm completely anti tech sorry
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Verona Angol

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That's OK. I've found a way. Thank You Jesus!
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Verona Angol

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There was more to the other comment I sent about my PC seems to be missing
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How long did it take for your certificate to come through Carmelle?
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carmelle clyne

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A week or so I was quite shocked it came so quickly
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Verona are you still needing advice on unit 7?
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For Unit 7 Q1 I wote about behaviour and the various models of teaching including various teaching strategies set in line with school policies. Q2 I wrote about inclusive practice equality, inclusion discrimination and anti- discrimination what the relevant legislation and school polices in place that covers all of this.
Hope this helps.
Shout if you need any more advice
keep going your nearly there!!
Regards
Maria
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Yes this helps. Managed to make a start on it last night. Need to finish it now . In the next few hours.

Thanks Maria
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An example of various teaching strategies would be group work 1:1 pupil led activities right? And in adopting these methods and stlyes of learning, chuldre are able to be involved and feel a sense of ownership ... something like that?
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Yep that's is Verona keep going your nearly there x
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I have just started the final exam but no idea how much I am expected to write have already done 2000 and that is only 20%of the first question please help
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I haven't done it myself yet, but 2000 words seems more than enough. Otherwise we can end up repeating ourselves, the way I've been doing mine is making sure I'm reading over what I've written and checking on what they need.
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Well done for getting to the end! Cannot wait to finish mine. That said I better get back to it.
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If it helps I wrote 22 pages for question 1 on the final assignment
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22 pages! Just for Q1. Oh Liana please ignore me! Clearly I haven't read the final properly.
Have you got your certificate now Sarah?
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I got a distinction couple of months ago.
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Thanks for your replies I am working back through the books and my assignments I am probably over doing it a little but I guess I can edit when I am done. Well done on your distinction I Sarah I will just be happy to pass
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For my final in total wrote 20 pages and that was for both questions. If that helps.
Keep going your nearly there it is a great feeling when you finally finish!!
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For my final in total wrote 20 pages and that was for both questions. If that helps.
Keep going your nearly there it is a great feeling when you finally finish!!
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oh dear I didn't even write that much in total for both Questions 
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I didn't write that much either I wrote about a page a half for both questions and passed with a distinction.
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Liana Smith Was Stapleton

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Oh God just sent mine and it is huge oh well what will be wil be now
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Verona Angol

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Woo hoo!!! The holidays are over next week!!! I have to finish 3 assignments by then
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So I've just submitted assignment 7. Didn't like that one much! Assignment 8 is exactly the same thing!
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I'm sure you did fine for unit 7!!
You can get it done by the end of next week. I'm out at the moment can get back to you on what I did for 8 of that helps?
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Yes please. Thank you. :)
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Unit 8 Q1 I wrote about the needs of SEN childen linked to legislation,. Inclusion and various strategies in place in the classroom. Q2 I wrote about equality diversity and inclusion with regards to school policies and legislation and discrimination and how to challenge it and what strategies are in place to deal with it.
Hope this helps. Shout if you need anymore advice.
Maria
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Assignments 7&8 marked woo hoo! :) 7 was the most challenging for me. But it helped so much as I j just put my practice in to words with the SEN legislation and it helped having SEN experience.
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Well done on 7 & 8 you are so close now and can get this done by next week.
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How are you getting on with 9 & 10?
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I've finished and submitted 9 I'm on the last question for assignment 10. Can't believe I'll be start my final
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That's great nearly there!!
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Just submitted 10!
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Verona Angol

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Right final is here! Where do I even begin
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The only bad thing is that sometimes the marking of my assignments are on 'time' sometimes they're not. Waiting to see if I need to do any changes before starting and completing the final this week is taking its toll
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I would start the final, I was the same sent 10 off and was going to wait but decided not to and both were sent off the same day in the end. if you need to resubmit unit 10 you can go back to where you were on the final. keep going the end is near!!
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All assignments marked and passed! Thank You Jeesus
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Well done Verona!! Have you started the final?
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I have indeed. I started yesterday . Have this week to finish.
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You can get it done by the end of this week.
Good luck shout if you need any advice.
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Thanks Maria. I think this is the most 'easiest' of them all, as we've already done all the assignments. Just typing it (on my phone) will indeed shout if I need help. Thank you so much for your help.
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does it mean by Theories? How did you go slot answering this?

With reference to your own learning, summarise how you will be able to utilise these theories when working in an everyday situation.
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I just wrote about how I would put those theories into my working practice every day. For example.. I will build positive relantionship and maintain them by listening attentively and showing interest in their interest. etc etc
does that make sense?
Shout if you need anymore advice.
I am happy to help
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Maria! Oh my gosh, seriously if I could get you a gift, I would! The way that you've helped me and right throughout this thread actually is amazing!
Ready to help with practically the last 4 assignments and the final thank you! Feels like you're my tutor! Whilst not telling me what to do giving me help on how to construct it and what you spoke about as a guide really helped. Woo hoo almost finished question 1!! Thank You. It's no where near 22 pages though, but don't think the page numbers are important ☺
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Your more then welcome Verona!! So happy I was of some help. It would be lovely to keep in touch if you have FB add me Maria Arscott.
At times I found it hard going, I knew what I wanted to say but wasn't sure how to word it!! A lovely lady called Sharon who did this course too gave me some advice, just how I have with you and I was able to get it completed before going back to school next week with a distinction too and I am now a happy owner of my certificates. Keep going Verona your nearly at the end!! Well done for getting this far!!
Remember the final takes a little longer to hear back from. I sent it on s Friday eve and I heard on the Tuesday so 2 days really as it was the weekend.
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No page numbers are not important as long as you have covered the question that is the learning objective met!!
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I think I've done question one and two together. Whoops.
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WAAAHOOOOOO!!!! FINISHED. thank you Jesus. Thank You Maria. Thank You Carmelle. Thank You Stonebridge, Thank You Alison (for marking my assignments)
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Congratulations x
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Well done Verona!!
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So I passed not sure of my grade! They said as I have money outstanding they can't send my certificate. Which I don't think is fair. All week I've been slogging away at the assignments! They could've emailed me and said something sooner! Not happy at all! Yes I understand I owe them money, a direct debit is in place for that , so I'm not running away am I. Urgh! I was thinking of doing another course with them too, will have to reconsider. They were made aware of my situation change and they were just like give us our money or go to debt collection! Not a good look at all. I'm not going to post indirects or talk badly about Stonebridge, but this, really?! Anyyway thank you again Maria for supporting me. Would love to keep in touch but I don't use Facebook (personal choice)
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So sorry to hear this Verona!! Well done in passing you usually get your grade with the email they send you to say you passed. I payed for my course in full so didn't have this problem.
I'm sure once all payments are made they will send you your certificates I assume that is how it works as I said I payed it in full so really don't know what to say to advice you.
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Thanks Maria. They're a business at the end of the day and a business wants their money I just think their loans hark attitude isn't needed, but hey. At least I've passed.