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Living independantly on a TA salary?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by craftyangel, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Title says it all really. I was a primary NQT(started in sept 2011) until May, I left due to depression. I've been slowly building up more commitment with volunteer work and now I would love to be able to get a TA post. It is so suited to my skill sets and character, much more than teaching ever was!
    However, I know that the salary of a TA is very low (very very low depending on what I got as a teacher) so has anyone got any advice for me? I really want to move out of my parent's house and be more independant but is that a complete dream to be able to do that on a TA salary?
    I've found a post I would love; Year 4, classroom and maths intervention groups, 22 hours, grade C, What does that mean in actual salary?
    Thanks all.
     
  2. Title says it all really. I was a primary NQT(started in sept 2011) until May, I left due to depression. I've been slowly building up more commitment with volunteer work and now I would love to be able to get a TA post. It is so suited to my skill sets and character, much more than teaching ever was!
    However, I know that the salary of a TA is very low (very very low depending on what I got as a teacher) so has anyone got any advice for me? I really want to move out of my parent's house and be more independant but is that a complete dream to be able to do that on a TA salary?
    I've found a post I would love; Year 4, classroom and maths intervention groups, 22 hours, grade C, What does that mean in actual salary?
    Thanks all.
     
  3. Grolta

    Grolta New commenter

    Glad to hear you are getting back into school.
    TA salaries/grades vary between LA's so it's difficult to say. Contact your LA to find the pay scales etc.
    To give you an idea, I'm paid as a level 3 TA and I work 25 hours per week in Primary, which is 'full time'. Annual salary just over £11,000!!
    Good luck with whatever you decide.[​IMG]
     
  4. R13

    R13 New commenter

    Sorry craftyangel I'm afraid that any job that is part time is likely to pay a wage that it is difficult to live on.
    In my school, a special school, many of our younger staff take a second and related job - such as working in a respite centre or activity centre for children with SEN. This is so that they end up working more like 40 hours a week and as such are more likely to find they can end up with a more decent wage



     
  5. glenn_xp

    glenn_xp New commenter

    You will need to contact the school to ask what the actual salary will be. For 22 hours I'm guessing it will come in around£9,000 so if you want to be renting your own place you would need to take a second job, or see if you can get summer work. If maths is a specialist subject for you then you could also consider private tutoring for 11+.
     
  6. picsgirl

    picsgirl New commenter

    As has been said, you would have to contact your LEA. In this area 22hrs per week would be around £7500 PA.
     
  7. Oh pants.
     
  8. I live on my own but have to have a second job so i can eat.
     
  9. F1sydney

    F1sydney New commenter

    Snap - I'm more or less in the same situation as you. You could consider HLTA. I am looking myself for support roles (have QTS) but with more money than a TA. I would contact the LA and ask what there grading means in terms of number of weeks worked. They often sound good in the advert until you work out the pro rata bit. Good luck.
     
  10. Belle60_3

    Belle60_3 New commenter

    it means that you will draw about £650 a month...sorry!
     
  11. I've been thinking about it a LOT and decided that moving out and being able to live on my own is something I really want so being a TA may be perfect, but it's not my top priority at the moment.
    Besides, I'm only 22, and chances are one day I'll be in a position where I can work as a TA and the low, low salary won't be an issue.
    Thank you everybody for oyur advice and help, I really appreciate it.I love being part of the TES family! :)
     
  12. Ophelia 9

    Ophelia 9 New commenter

    You are the first person I have ever encountered in any job, however senior, who got paid for lunch breaks - believe me this is incredibly unusual and no-one should expect this to happen (if, of course, you work as a part-time TA who also takes on the role of LTS then you will be paid because, clearly, you do not have a lunch break if this is your job - I have known TAs who worked less than 6 hours per day including a lunchtime role and this would mean they would be paid for all their hours and have no actual entitlement to a break.)
    At our school it is currently a huge issue that SMT are asking all staff to justify every moment for which they are paid but still expect teachers to work during their unpaid lunch hour.
     
  13. The same question keeps popping into my head when I see threads like this (I am a 22 year old TA still living with parents!)...
    Can I afford to love my job?!
     
  14. Thanks for sharing that Ophelia,
    i didn't realise it was the exception rather than the rule. At least I now know not to expect it in other schools. I worked in the Special Needs Department at the time, so i don't know whether that made any difference? It was also a school which would probably be described as challenging/ inner-city too.


    Daaisy
     
  15. Hi, sorry I'm replying to one post but I'm not sure how to reply to an entire thread (first post!).
    Having looked through this thread I've gotten myself a bit jittery - I graduated last Summer and discovered that, despite having a Psychology degree, I can't get a job without a TA qual. I am currently studying CACHE 3 in the hope of securing work next Summer. However, posts on here have unnerved me a little! Will I be able to afford to live???! I am a single mum to a 5 year old, so second jobs are out of the question! I have just googled some job descriptions on the local Council's site, and found that there's a Primary School Level 3 TA job there paying Grade 6 salary - would this always be the same??? Does the Council HAVE to pay the same grade wage for every Level 3 job in the city? I think we could live off just under £13,000 p/a, but £9,000 may be more of a struggle!!
    Thanks!
     

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