In contrast to the celebrities currently struggling to control their pupils in the television show 'So you think you can teach?' a group of mature students from the College of North East London (CONEL) have proved their excellence in the classroom by gaining top marks in a new teaching assistant qualification.

Eleven of the seventeen participating students got an 'A' or a 'B' in their Level 3 Certificate for Teaching Assistants contributing to an impressive 100 per cent pass rate. To celebrate this success a presentation evening was arranged on Monday when graduates were congratulated by Sharon Shoesmith (Director of Education) and Cathy Walsh (CONEL's Vice Principal) who acknowledged the hard work, determination and organisation of the adult learners.

This new course is the result of a highly successful partnership between CONEL and Haringey Education Services. Courses are now available at Levels 2 and 3 as are basic skills sessions for people who would like to get back to work. Specific literacy and numeracy training is also offered to school support staff who would like to improve or refresh their skills.

Opportunities like this for teaching assistants to progress and develop through further education are increasing - good news for the nation's pupils. A further seven Haringey teaching assistants are now computer, interactive white board and digital camera experts after completing another new course accredited by Hull University. Both these and the above students are now making good use of their new skills in the borough's schools, to great effect. 'Teaching assistants are central to workforce reform as well as to raising pupil achievement' says pleased Haringey Primary Headteacher Florence Collins.

Notes to editors:

1) For more information on the above teaching assistant courses at CONEL please contact Ruth Cook on 020 8442 3418.
2) Photograph caption: Happy classroom assistants show off their certificates alongside their tutors.


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