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Becoming a teaching assistant

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by geek84, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. geek84

    geek84 New commenter

    Hi Folks
    I'm thinking of training up to be a teaching assistant. Would you know what qualifications are required to do such training? i.e. do you need to hold a degree or be specialised in your chosen subject?
    I have heard that these types of jobs do not pay well. Is that true? Or, does it depend on what schools you are place in i.e. primary or secondary, together with the chosen subject i.e. maths TA's may get paid more that ict TAs.
    Finally, are you aware of any websites which would give me further info?
    Thanks in advance for your response.

  2. Hi,
    I am from a training provider that offers courses like the level 2 supporting teaching and learning in schools qualifications for FREE which is the qualification that can support your chances of getting a job as a teaching assistant. you can complete this as a volunteer in school or you can do it as a paid teaching assistant. Its a great way to start if you have not worked in a school before.

    In terms of pay if you contact the TDA (training and Development agency they will be able to give you the latest pay scale

    hope this helps

  3. NQT1986

    NQT1986 Occasional commenter

    None of the TAs in my Primary school have degrees or their own 'subject-they are classroom based and support teaching and learning in all subjects. Perhaps you may be based with a subject department in a secondary school, but I can't see that someone with more experience in one subject could get more pay than in another?

    Most of the TAs have O levels/GCCEs and a few have A levels. The school sends them on courses where relevant (First aid etc), but they have no specific TA qualifications.

    I don't know about the pay, to be honest (I'm a teacher) but I know that some of the TAs where I am commented that the salary advertised looks good, but that may be a full time pro rata salary and when you are only being during the term time (not 52 weeks) for 32 hours a week; it works out a lot less.

    Can you offer to volunteer in some local schools?

  4. Hi
    You dont need any qualifications to get a job of a TA, although they would give you a better chance of getting a position.

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