Hi, I've been employed as a GTA for the past year on a small 2 hours a week contract.I already have the CACHE Level 2 Teaching Assistant's qualification. My Headteacher checked with me last week what level I was qualified to as he has an Advanced TA role in mind for me in September, but he said an ATA has to be Level 3. I would gladly do a Level 3 course, but nowhere within 50 miles does it, and hasn't for 5 years as they can't get a tutor. I have seen the E111 Level 4 course on the OU site which is a year long and worth 60 points at Higher Level. Does anyone know if this qualification alone would be equivalent to the NVQ Level 3, or at least enough for the LEA to allow me to work as an ATA? I'd really appreciate any help.