How To Work As A Teaching Assistant

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hi I'm Suzy 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 our 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'll

see a lot of teaching assistants and

they do exist in secondary schools but

more specifically to support one to fajn

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 think of 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're

going for a competitive position and

otherwise you do definitely need some

experience and certainly a career

teachers if we were looking to employ a

teaching assistant we ask for a minimum

of six weeks experience within a school

if you contact your local school they

may well be able to offer you and some

opportunities to work on a voluntary

basis and this will provide you with

enough experience if you're thinking of

becoming a teaching assistant as a

of different things to to bear in mind

schools do deploy teaching centers 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 essence and you

may take all more specific duties like

taking some groups and working with them

on maybe things like phonics or reading

and for more experienced at so teaching

assistants you may find yourself working

perhaps one-to-one with children with

specific needs potentially Sen or

dyslexic children and so these might be

something that over time you could spend

you know getting more qualification and

experiencing so that you will be able to

take those one-to-one positions lots of

work for teaching assistants and it's

definitely a really good option

hopefully that's helped you how to

become a teaching assistant