If you're considering a career in the classroom, becoming a teaching assistant is often viewed as one of the first steps.
So if you're unsure of what the role entails, or if whether it is the right job for you, here are a few of the frequently asked questions around teaching assistants.
What does a teaching assistant do?
Teaching assistants have a key role to play in supporting both teachers and pupils in the classroom environment so everyone can fulfil their potential.
The role will require an individual to provide hands-on learning assistance to pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and supporting teachers with lesson delivery.This should ensure that classroom activities and lessons are more engaging and that any pupils who require additional assistance can receive it.
A teaching assistant will be expected to motivate and encourage pupils and may provide support to cover absences, assist with planning and carry out playground duties.
Other responsibilities can include behavioural management, assisting with out-of-school activities and after school clubs, and providing administrative support.
What teaching assistant qualifications do I need?
While there are no fixed requirements for teaching assistant jobs, a rising number of schools are looking to recruit staff with experience.
Most schools will expect staff to be educated to at least A-level standard, although it is likely university graduates will also apply for these types of roles.
You will also be expected to showcase professional skills and knowledge during an interview, with schools looking for enthusiasm, creativity, energy, patience and a willingness to take responsibility.
Tradewind Recruitment are an education recruitment specialist and with 12 offices across the UK, we have tons of fantastic temporary / supply, long-term and permanent jobs in primary, secondary and SEN schools.
By registering with Tradewind, we can offer you:
Full interview preparation and assistance - so you're fully prepped and confident, increasing your chances of success
Free social and networking events to get to know your peers and consultants
Help with lesson planning - our support doesn't stop once we've secured you a placement
A great referral scheme - recommend a friend and earn a generous bonus
Online Portal for your timesheets and log your availability
Tradewind Recruitment is a Sunday Times Top 100 employer - stopping at nothing to ensure our candidates, clients and employees come first. At Tradewind you will have access to 30 fully certified CPD courses, that's 23 more than our next nearest competitor, all focused on making you the best you can be. We have the very best people available to take your call and look after you every step of the way. We pride ourselves on exceptional service and take the time to really get to know you. Put simply; we listen, we learn, we deliver. Why? Because our people matter most.
We specialise in matching Teachers and Support Staff to their dream job, and help Primary, Secondary and SEN schools recruit for a wide range of roles across our 11 offices in the UK, including: London, the West Midlands, the North West, East Anglia, the North East, the South West, Yorkshire, the Midlands, Herts and Bucks.
Awarded REC Audited Education gold standard - Tradewind Recruitment are committed to Safeguarding and are also a proud Equal Opportunities Employer.
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