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Has anyone on here left teaching and became a TA / LSA?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by freckles88, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. I am considering leaving my teaching course to become a LSA. Basically, my main reasons for wanting to give up teaching are that I love being with the children and helping them to learn new things and progress, but the workload that goes with it is just too much for me. When I was on placement I was working 90+ hours a week, stressed to the max and suffered from high blood pressure and migraines throughout and I realised this is not the life I want for myself. I want to be able to come home on a night, cook tea and have a glass of wine with my partner and chill out, not have to throw a ready meal in the microwave and start marking a load of books or planning lessons.
    I am wondering if anyone else has taken the plunge and left teaching to become a TA? Did it work for you and are you happier now? How did you cope with the pay cut (I have never actually got a paid teaching job so I will know no different as I have only ever had a saturday job whilst at uni, but how do you cope with on a low wage?)
    Also, when you applied for jobs as a TA how did you justify leaving teaching? I am worried that if I tell people I left a teaching degree people will think of me as a 'dropout' or jump to the conclusion that I can't cope with stress or hard work, which is not true at all, I just want a job where I have a life outside of work! Plus as I never got a teaching job as a full time teacher I worry people will think I gave up without trying to be a 'real' teacher. How did you overcome this? I will however leave with a Primary Education Studies degree so I will still have a degree to prove that I can write assignments and work to a dedline etc etc.
    Thanks in advance =)
  2. You might find useful responses on the TA forum too.

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