Is it OK for me to post a query on this website? I am an not yet a teaching assistant, but a volunteer, in my 3rd year of volunteering in a primary school in Scotland. My husband and I are trying to move to Bristol, but so far have been unable to sell our house. I feel I can't apply for a teaching assistant training course in Scotland, in case our house sells. Also the qualifications required in England are different to Scotland. One possibility is to enrol for an NCFE Diploma, offered by UK Distance Learning College. Does anyone know whether a distance learned qualification would be acceptable to employers, or is it better to wait, continue with experience as a volunteer, and apply for teaining in England later? Also, I understood that NVQs were the standard qualification required in England. Is the NCFE one recognized? And are Foundation Degreesnow beginningto supplant NVQs?