Teaching assistant courses are specially designed for those who enjoy being with children and young people. If you’re enthusiastic about sharing your knowledge, being a teaching assistant could be the career for you.
You need to be a good communicator; ready to work hard in an environment that can be quite tough; resilient, flexible and well organised. It also helps to have a sense of humour.
– Schools and colleges as organisations
– Support health and safety
– Develop professional relationships with children and adults
– Understand how young children develop
– Support positive behaviour
– Support children during activities
– Support English and maths
– Support the use of IT
– Support assessment for learning
– Engage in PPD
Work placement opportunities:
Local schools – or even here at Telford College
Progressing to: Teaching and learning assistant role at school, or choice of apprenticeships and higher level studies
Aspirational careers: Senior roles in primary, secondary or special needs schools and colleges
English and maths at GCSE or Functional Skills literacy and numeracy at Level 1. Computer literate. No history of cautions, convictions or warnings that may stop you from working within children or vulnerable adults. Experience of working with children or within a school setting is not required.