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Applying for a teaching assistant post

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by fabulous1, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo and others,
    I am currently waiting on the completion of a CA after a tough few years at my current school.
    I've decided that I can not return to teaching but would still love to stay in education(it hasn't sapped my
    morale completely!!) I think I would be a fab asset as a TA but I'm unsure how to get this message across in my
    application forms. Also, how do I explain to employers that I am serious about this move, when I am currently an
    UPS 3 teacher? I want to sound positive and don't want to come across as a former c**p teacher (it's what they
    have made me feel like, I'm afraid) Anyway, any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Tip for next time - put Dear Theo as part of your title, as I don't always have time to open everything on the off-chance that it's inside.
    Actually I think that they are likely to jump at you - getting an experienced teacher for a TA salary . . .
    You need to show that you have thought clearly and carefully about the difference between being a teacher (the star of the show) and a TA (the supporting role). And say how you would support the pupils and teacher to achieve the aims decided by the latter.
    I should also say quite honestly why you want to move to TA - I guess that it's to do with helping children to succeed while at the same time actually having a family life again.
    Very understandable!
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.

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