The Teaching Agency worked with school leaders to develop the national occupational standards for supporting teaching and learning (NOS for STL). The standards describe what support staff need to do, know and understand in their roles. They support and enhance the day-to-day activities of school leaders and support staff, and align with national expectations and qualifications. Theres is a document in the associated resources section of this page showing how the NOS for STL units link with the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) units.

The national occupational standards for supporting teaching and learning in schools (NOS for STL) were developed in June 2007. Consultation was carried out across the UK to ensure the standards reflect the occupational roles of all learning support staff. Employers and practitioners were closely involved in the development process to ensure the standards are practical and relate to how schools operate. Although the NOS for STL apply across the UK, guidance on these web pages only applies to England. The NOS brochure 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, or individually from the following pages, which splits the units according to the corresponding National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level.