Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose. And many people start their teaching career as a teaching assistant. But you may be wondering how to start that process. What options are available to you?
Our expert team of education recruitment specialists share their top tips on what a TA does and how to become a teaching assistant as soon as next term.
Firstly, let’s look at what a Teaching Assistant does.
A TA plays a vital role in any school. They are the extra eyes and ears for teachers and help them to be able to deliver the best education experience to the entire class. Being responsible for a class of students, no matter what age, can have its challenges. But with a trustworthy TA in the classroom, it all becomes a little easier for the teacher.
Here are some things that you would be expected to do as a TA –
- Preparing the classroom for lessons
- Keeping the classroom clean and tidy
- Helping children with learning difficulties or special educational needs
- Reading stories
- Supervise activities – on a one to one or group basis
Whilst this list isn’t exhaustive, these are usually you main responsibilities as a TA.
Is becoming a TA the right choice for you?
It is possible to become a teaching assistant without a specialist degree. However, it is important to consider if this would be the right career path for you. Here’s some skills that you’ll need to be a success –
- Patience! And lots of it. And a sense of humour will go a long way too. There will be challenging moments during the day and you’ll need keep calm and have a positive outlook.
- Enjoy working with children – this one is fairly obvious but worth a mention
- Creativity. This is particularly important when helping children with crafts. It’s a great way for younger children to learn so if you’re a dab hand with a pritt stick and some paper, this will really help.
Training routes available
There are various options available to you to train to become a Teaching Assistant. From apprenticeships to college courses and even fast track training, there’s ways to fit training around on the job learning too.
We are currently running an intensive, 2 week training course to help you become a TA. After the completion of the training, we will endeavour to place you with a partner school so that you can gain experience in the classroom and increase your skillset.
If you’d like to find out more about this fantastic route into teaching, get in touch with our expert team today –