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Cert Ed qualification - Teaching Assistant

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by PennineAcute, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. PennineAcute

    PennineAcute New commenter

    Hi all

    I have just qualified as a teacher, Cert Ed (14+). I have been studying with the OU to get my degree and along the way, picked up level 4 and 5 qualifications. My subject specialism is maths.

    However, all the jobs that have caught my eye stipulate that a degree is required.

    I am wondering if it would look odd if I apply for TA positions, whilst I continue my degree with the OU?
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Wouldn't look odd at all - and I think you'd find that many school would be very happy to have you. Be honest from the start about your ambitions and where you want to be; I don't think that will affect your job prospects at all. We have often employed people who, for one reason or another, want to work for a year - often post-degree, before they decide if a PGCE is for them. Good luck!
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  3. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    You’ll join thousands of other TAs working for their degrees. All perfectly normal. Good luck. An OU degree, for me, is quite an impressive feat of self regulation.
  4. PennineAcute

    PennineAcute New commenter

    Thanks for responding.

    Two more years then and I can apply for me teaching posts.
  5. rolls

    rolls Occasional commenter

    Have you looked for a job in FE colleges. This is where you are qualified to teach. If you cannot see any teaching posts locally then look for support roles in those institutions, a degree us not always necessary in FE and Maths teachers are in high demand. I would also sign up with some agencies over the summer, they may help you find a post.
  6. PennineAcute

    PennineAcute New commenter

    Thanks for your response.

    I did apply for a TA Level 3 with a nearby High School. I did not get the job, but the feedback was excellent. I did not get the job due to my lack of KS3 experience. Other applicants had KS3 and KS4 experience. They did say that was the only thing that stopped me getting the job. There does not seem to be any support roles going ( I am assuming that you mean similar to TA but in the FE sector)

    Every FE maths position and even FS positions in the Manchester area have a degree as essential criteria. I am now on the books with an agency. Will not name them in case they are lingering on here. Their daily rate is not good £65 a day, £58 + £8 holiday pay. I have also applied with another agency, much better hourly rate, but they are being a pain with my DBS. They say there is an issue with my DBS certificate, my contact is waiting to see what the issue is. Cannot work out what the issue may be, as the other agency have accepted my DBS (obtained during my uni studies) and want me to reapply for another DBS at my expense. Not sure if there is anything dodgy going on, so am loathed to follow their request.
  7. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    I believe you need a new DBS if you change employers unless you signed up for the Update service when you got your old one.
    So when I changed jobs after 10 years in one I had to get a new DBS as there wasn't an update service then.
  8. PennineAcute

    PennineAcute New commenter

    Yes, I am on the update service, so fail to understand why there could be an issue.
    Wotton likes this.

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