Working in…Teaching Assistant roles
Teaching Assistants (TAs) form a vital part of the teaching team with the main responsibility of providing quality teaching support and guidance to students.
All Teaching Assistants will share common core responsibilities such as administrative duties to support the smooth running of a lesson as well as having more personal responsibilities like supporting individual pupils who need more guidance. Other duties tailored to your particular role will be defined in more detail on the job specifications.
Salary and conditions
TA salaries can start from between £11,000 – £15,000 and can reach £21,000 – £25,000 for Higher-Level Teaching Assistants. A typical working pattern is Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 am to 3:30 pm which will be split over 39 weeks of the year. Whilst the remaining 13 weeks are taken as holiday, staff will use some of this time to prepare for the upcoming terms. Some TAs may also be asked to work before and after school to support extra-curricular activities.
A degree or any Teaching Assistant qualifications aren’t essential for an entry-level position but they can certainly help your application. You will however need to have at least a grade C/4 at GCSE or equivalent, in Maths and English.
With continued training and support, TAs can develop their skills to become a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant. This position involves increased responsibilities such as running extra-curricular activities or even having the opportunity to teach lessons unsupervised. Being a TA is also a great chance to gain experience in a teaching environment and could gain you the experience you need if you plan on becoming a teacher in the future.
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