How To Become A Teaching Assistant
Videojug and Suzie Butler help to provide insight in the teaching assistant position available at many schools. Qualification requirements, work experience, and even some of the different types of work involved are explained in this informative video!
Hi! I'm Suzie Butler and I work for Career Teachers Education Recruitment firm based in London in the UK. I've been a teacher for the last ten years and now I work with their training department to train all their teachers. How to be a Teaching Assistant.
Teaching assistants are a really key part of any school, and most commonly in primary schools, you see a lot of teaching assistants and they do exist in secondary schools but more specifically to support one-to-one pupils. In the UK at the moment, there's no specific qualification that you need in order to become a teaching assistant. So, it's a great option for people perhaps thinking of going on to become a teacher or maybe if you've got children and thinking about a part-time job or something that would be flexible and work around them.
Saying you don't need a qualification is one thing but you do need some experience and there are courses available in colleges around the country that do provide teaching assistant courses and they'll give you a really good key-in especially if you are going for a competitive position. Otherwise, you do definitely need some experience. And certainly, at Career Teachers, if we were looking to employ a teaching assistant, we ask for a minimum of 6 weeks experience within a school.
If you contact your local school, they may well be able to offer you some opportunities to work on a voluntary basis and this would provide you with enough experience. If you're thinking of becoming a teaching assistant, there are a couple of things to bear in mind. Schools do deploy teaching assistants in different ways.
So, you may well just be a general assistant around the class, helping the teacher with day-to-day duties including obviously things like putting up displays as well as supporting the children in the work that they're doing in their lessons and you may take on more specific duties like taking some groups and working with them or maybe things like phonics or reading. And, for more experienced teaching assistants, you may find yourself working, perhaps one-to-one with children with specific needs, potentially SEN or dyslexic children. So, these might be something that, over time, you could gain more qualification and experience in so that you would be able to take those one-to-one positions.
There's lots of work for teaching assistants and it's definitely a really good option. And, hopefully, that's helped you on how to become a teaching assistant. .