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On your marks, get set – teach!

Posted 27 September 2016

Tags: | Careers | Education | Teaching Assistant

If you want a career that fits around your family, qualifying as a teaching assistant could be exactly what you're looking for!

You'll need good numeracy and English skills, enthusiasm, creativity and a strong desire to help children grow but there are few careers more rewarding!


What does a teaching assistant do?

The role involves working closely with teachers to plan lessons, work with the children in your class in small groups and on a one-to-one basis to support them with exercises such as reading and writing. 

You can make a huge difference helping individual students overcome difficulties with their learning and if you speak an additional language you could be in a position to support children with multilingual needs.

Working hours are generally term-time, so if you want a career that’s flexible and fits around your family, this is ideal. Depending on the employer, there may also be options to work part-time or full-time.


Already working as a teaching assistant?

If you are already working as a Teaching Assistant, you can progress and specialise in a subject area, gain supervisory experience and consider roles in student advice, teaching or educational welfare. You could even progress to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and earn between £16,000 and £22,000 a year. 

Alternatively, if your ambitions are to train as a teacher, working as a teaching assistant is an excellent place to start your career!


Get the qualifications you need to work as a teaching assistant

If you’re passionate about education and helping children achieve their potential, our Teaching Assistant Diploma is a great stepping stone to get you into a career as a teaching assistant or to boost your qualifications and experience if you’re already in the job.