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New Teaching Assistant - how much experience?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by snowyqueen, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. snowyqueen

    snowyqueen New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    I know this is frequently asked but I wondered if anyone had any advice on TA experience? I started studying Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools in January this year (via the local college) and have been on placement 1 day per week since October 2016, in addition to working 3 days per week at a school in an admin capacity, and being mum to 2 young children. How much experience do you think is ideal to have before applying for a primary school based TA role? I have worked in education in an admin role for the past 7 years so I fully understand how schools work, but I only have a small amount of classroom experience. Also, do you think I could realistically apply for a Level 3 role or would I be more suited to a Level 2 or 1 role pre qualification? Or should I wait until post qualification? My 'dream' role would be to become a HLTA in time and work with SEN children. Thank for reading!
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    Hi snowyqueen
    You're certainly a busy person! Your admin role in school will have given you a good background in how schools work. If I were you, I would wait until I'd completed the Level 3 diploma; the placement day will build up your classroom experience while you gain theoretical knowledge through your studies. Is the course for 1 year? It will go quickly and you would definitely be able to apply for a level 3 role post qualification. Good luck with the course - enjoy it.

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