Becoming a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School

Becoming a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School

Making a difference is something that a teaching assistant does better than any other professional entity.

The Role of a Teaching Assistant:

A majority of their work is confined to the classroom, but in some cases, they may have to cater to the needs of a child who is hesitant in front of the class, so the TA is supposed to solve his/her problem individually, in an isolated classroom.

Particular activities such as sports, reading sessions, water games, block-building and other playground activities cannot be performed within the classroom vicinity and require the teaching assistant to take the children in a teaching space outside class.

Teaching assistants also prepare a lot of artwork including soft board material and class exhibition material such as flashcards; and they are also responsible for keeping a record of students’ artwork, their writings, their improvements and achievements so that at the end of every class or the end of the session, she can display all their work.

TAs also prove to be a blessing when the school organises a class excursion. On such trips, the teacher can take care of the entire class, but if there’s any student who needs specific attention due to a mood swing, then the TA can look after that.

In some cases, if a TA is well-versed in an additional language, it turns out to be helpful in communicating with students who are not native English speakers.

All in all, the teaching assistant is supposed to lessen the class teacher’s burden and help her to maximise her focus on the subjects to be taught so that students can effectively gain insight from primary school and build a strong foundation for themselves.

Required Teaching Assistant Skills:

As mentioned earlier, preserving a friendly behaviour while providing genuine knowledge to students is a crucial skill that a teaching assistant must possess.

If a TA is not passionate about her interaction with children, their concerns, their queries and their joy, then there are high probabilities that she will not be able to do justice to the role.

It is not the easiest task to deal with primary school students, and here are a few reasons why. A teaching assistant:

  • Must possess an ingenious approach towards her students so that she can help a student lacking confidence, to feel comfortable in the class.
  • Should be proficient in her conversational language and her literary skills, practice writing that is easily comprehended by students, possess problem-solving tactics that can equip students with mathematical concepts and lastly, she should be a patient listener.
  • Has to adapt to the learning environment within any primary school
  • Must maintain equality among students irrespective of their family backgrounds.
  • Should uphold decorum and cordiality together, with students as well as fellow staff members.

Qualifications:

  • Honours in School Support Work
  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Experience or Certification in Literacy & Numeracy at GCSE (or alike)
  • GCSEs Grades between A* to C in English and Mathematics
  • Internship or Training Program
  • Former Volunteering Experience in Primary Schools
  • Clearance of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • Clear Criminal Bureau Records (CRB)

Salary Scale for Teaching Assistant Jobs:

Beginner: £11,000 to £15,000

Qualified: £17,000 to £20,000