Educational Support Workers: Professional Development Opportunities

Educational Support Workers perform a vital role in education, and opportunities to acknowledge and develop ESW skills are vital in an inclusive environment.

BRITE now offers an accredited in-depth course, specifically tailored to the professional development needs of those working in a support role. This course, Educational Support Worker: Professionalism in Practice, is offered both online and face-to-face. Full details can be found on our website.

For those of you seeking a brief introduction to the key skills involved in educational support work, we are offering two half day seminars on this topic. If after attending one of these seminars you decide to progress onto the formal ESW: Professionalism in Practice course (commencing autumn 2012) you’ll receive a 10% discount on the fee. Full details of these seminars follow…

Educational Support Worker: Key Skills

Thursday 2 February, 1pm – 4pm, Dumfries and Galloway College, or Wednesday 15 February, 10am – 1pm, Stevenson College Edinburgh

This seminar aims to equip educational support workers with a general understanding of student needs.  Topics covered include the conventions of proofreading, note taking, scribing and creating accessible materials whilst adhering to guidelines for assessment. 

This opportunity to consider your responsibilities, skills, values and boundaries will provide you with enhanced clarity about your role and reassurance that your students receive a quality service.

During this seminar you will:

  • understand the importance of being aware of student need and learning styles
  • develop an understanding of key skills required to support students i.e. note taking, proofreading and scribing
  • consider the role of the ESW and discuss boundaries and values
  • understand the importance of creating accessible materials for students based on need

Attendees who choose to progress to the full ESW qualification will receive a 10% discount. Normally a place costs £475 per person. The next ESW course intake is in autumn 2012.

Reserving your place

To apply for a place, call us on 01383 749605, or email

Places are limited therefore booking is essential. Each Scottish further education institution is entitled to one free place on a seminar up to the point the seminar is full. Additional members of staff may request to be added to a waiting list. If space remains 2 weeks prior to the seminar, places will be allocated to names on the waiting list on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to attend, but do not currently work in the Scottish FE sector, the fee to attend is £70.

Photograph Copyright BRITE Initiative 2012

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