Every day I receive a few messages with questions: What does my job look like? and how can I become TA myself? I'm not going to talk about my own workplace but I found some useful information. Obviously if you are planing to be a TA in UK, you need to understand the text below...
Teaching assistants (TAs) usually work with a teacher in their classroom, making sure pupils get the most out of lessons (eg, by helping them find their way around a computer).The teaching assistant takes on tasks that allow the teacher to concentrate on teaching (eg, by preparing the classroom for lessons and clearing up afterwards). To support pupils with particular individual needs, some teaching assistants work one-to-one, while others work in small groups.
Many schools employ teaching assistants with particular specialisms, including literacy, numeracy, Special Educational Needs (SEN), music, creative arts and bilingual TAs (where the first language of significant numbers of children is not English).
Experienced and specially-trained teaching assistants can be expected to supervise a class for a teacher who is off sick or undertaking training. While every class must be allocated a qualified teacher, Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) would be expected occasionally to lead a lesson.
Teaching assistants must be trained to a level matching their responsibilities. It's up to local education authorities and individual schools to decide on exactly what qualifications and experience they expect from someone applying for a teaching assistant post. But for entry level, you will usually need to:
- show you have good reading, writing and numeracy skills
- have taken/be willing to take the local authority run Teaching Assistants' Induction Programme
- have some experience of working with children of the relevant age