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Are you looking to become a Teaching Assistant ?

Are you looking to become a Teaching Assistant ?

Are you looking to become a Teaching Assistant?

Are you thinking of becoming a Teaching Assistant but not quite sure how to go about it? As a training provider we get asked all the time, what does the role involves, or the skillset required and how to achieve the qualifications that will help people succeed in the role?

A typical job ad for a Teaching Assistant Role:

Teaching Assistant Jobs Advertised Estimated Starting Salary Estimated Salary
1,644 £15,000 £22,000

Source: www.reed.co.uk

 

Here we have put together information you need to help you decided whether this is the right role for you or not:

 

What is a teaching assistant?

Teaching assistants (also known as TA or Classroom Assistant) provide support and assistance to a teacher, making sure pupils are given all the help they need to get the most out of their education. They usually work alongside Class Teachers. The role often includes but not limited to the following:

 

  • Assist Pupils one to one or with small groups of pupils
  • Supporting and giving attention pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Preparing and arranging the classroom for lessons
  • Keep the classroom in good order
  • Handle or help with admin tasks, help on school outings or at school events
  • Reading to the class
  • Supporting and supervising arts and crafts activities

 

Why might I want to become a teaching assistant?

There are a lot of reasons why someone might want to become a Teaching assistant:

Flexibility of the role as you could work full or part time

You would be making a real difference in the life of young Kids up and down the country.

 

Keys Skills and Attributes

 

To be successful a Teaching Assistant, having any of the following skills and attributes would be of great help:

 

  • A passion for working with children
  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Excellent reading, writing, numeracy and listening skills
  • Flexibility and versatility
  • Ability to build relationships
  • A passion for teaching
  • Patience

 

What qualifications do I need?

 

There are no nationally specified requirements for becoming a teaching assistant – though each local authority or school will outline their specific requirements. Once you are working as a teaching assistant, you will usually complete an induction course and many local authorities will offer you the opportunity for training and development once you are in the job.

 

Is there a possibility of career progression?

You could progress through the four grades of teaching assistant:

  • Level one teaching assistants (TA1)
  • Level two teaching assistants (TA2)
  • Level three teaching assistants (TA3)
  • Higher level teaching assistants (TA4)

Or;

  • Become a Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Becoming a teacher
  • How to Qualify as Teaching Assistant?

 

There are a couple of qualifications available to help you develop your skills as a Teaching Assistant. The following qualifications are currently available:

 

  • Level 2 Award in support work in schools
  • Level 2 Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • Level 2 Certificate in supporting the wider curriculum in schools
  • Level 3 Award in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in cover supervision of pupils in schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools

 

Where am I most likely to get a teaching assistant job?

 

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Special schools

 

For more information please visit: http://flexlearn.co.uk/courses/ncfe-level-3-certificate-in-supporting-teaching-and-learning-qcf/

  • Becoming a teacher

How to Qualify as Teaching Assistant?

There are a couple of qualifications available to help you develop your skills as a Teaching Assistant. The following qualifications are currently available:

  • Level 2 Award in support work in schools
  • Level 2 Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • Level 2 Certificate in supporting the wider curriculum in schools
  • Level 3 Award in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in cover supervision of pupils in schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools

 

Where am I most likely to get a teaching assistant job?

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Special schools

 

For more information please visit: http://flexlearn.co.uk/courses/ncfe-level-3-certificate-in-supporting-teaching-and-learning-qcf/