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NQT to TA - Advice needed!

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by Amy_Cooper, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. I have just graduated this year so I am a fully qualified primary NQT - however, as I have not been successful in applying as a teacher I have decided to apply for TA posts to broaden my skills/experience/confidence without the added pressure of teaching and then in the future begin to apply for teaching posts again andbegin my NQT year.
    My question is... some of the vacancies say that I need at least two years experience in working with children, and as I have only just finished my degree, I obviously don't have two full years experience, just my teaching practices/any voluntary work I did in sixth form.. Is it then suitable for me to apply given I have a teaching degree (i.e higher qualification than needed) but not necessarily two full years experience?



     
  2. I have just graduated this year so I am a fully qualified primary NQT - however, as I have not been successful in applying as a teacher I have decided to apply for TA posts to broaden my skills/experience/confidence without the added pressure of teaching and then in the future begin to apply for teaching posts again andbegin my NQT year.
    My question is... some of the vacancies say that I need at least two years experience in working with children, and as I have only just finished my degree, I obviously don't have two full years experience, just my teaching practices/any voluntary work I did in sixth form.. Is it then suitable for me to apply given I have a teaching degree (i.e higher qualification than needed) but not necessarily two full years experience?



     
  3. picsgirl

    picsgirl New commenter

    It can depend on the school - some prefer experience to qualifications, others would snap up a NQT.

    Are you able to volunteer in a local school in September or contact the council to see if any of their summer schemes accept volunteers (you would have to be CRB checked).

    Perhaps you could contact an agencies and supply for a year as either a teacher or TA, this would get you loads of experience.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Have heard of people who have done this, I think with the teaching degree not having 2 years experience will be fine. Perhaps say that you see this as opportunity to gain more experience in schools with children before embarking on your NQT year and leading your own class,
     
  5. I have considered supply work, but due to a particular teaching practice my confidence is unfortunately still suffering and I think the best route for me personally is to gain experience as a TA where I can settle into a class and build up my confidence - I'll just go for it, if they say I haven't got enough experience then at least I'll know I tried, won't do me any harm to apply! (Although I hope they don't think I simply didn't read the vacancy details properly!) [​IMG]
    Thank you! Would love to hear from anyone who has been successful in going into TA work after qualifying as a teacher [​IMG]
     
  6. Hi Amy
    I was in a similar position to you and was on a teacher training course this year but withdrew at the end of May. I was successful in gaining a TA role for September despite not having QTS or the level 2 qualification. I think you will be in a prime position to work as a TA - you will have all of the theory for teaching and the practice to support this and the understanding of how you can support the teacher. When completing the application form, I would be honest and say you have reflected on your last year and want to gain more experience - I did this and got encouraging nods in my interview.
    Good luck.
     
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  7. Ohh brilliant, that makes me feel better in knowing I'm doing the right thing!
    Thank you for the advice [​IMG]
    Too many applications due in before Friday now though, should have thought about the TA route last week! Oops...
     
  8. I'm thinking of going down this route as well. I'm in the final year of my degree (Primary Education BA Hons) but due to illness my confidence is rather low. Might I ask how your finding being a TA, with regards to pay and general attitue of the school towards you?

    I don't know if it would be viewed as taking the easy option (scared of committing to a teaching role) or viewed as showing a keen interest, if you know what I mean?
     
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  9. lilac25

    lilac25 New commenter

    Amy I am in the same position as you, had a terrible final placement, that shattered my confidence. Decided to apply for a ta job to rebuild confidence. I start in January.
    Only my experience, but the head asked if I was still going to apply for teaching jobs, to which i was honest and said yes. He was totally fine with it, he understood how hard it is to gain a teaching job at the moment. Although I have applied for other ta jobs, and not even got an interview, I would say that a lot of heads would be happy to employ a teacher as a ta. they are getting a teacher for the price of a ta after all!! I know of quite a few teachers who work as a ta, for various reasons, and at the end of the day, you have bills to pay, so need a job.
    Wishing you the very best of luck, fingers crossed
     
  10. Hey, sorry not been on the TA part for a while... Just wanted to add that taking the TA route was the best decision I could have made, I finally got a job in a lovely school, I wasn't sure whether because I was a qualified teacher that I'd be given things to do that a ta wouldn't generally be expected to do - but nope, lots of photocopying and laminating for me to do! :) However, it was a great opportunity to watch other teachers (as I worked from early years up to Y6, I wasn't assigned to a particular class), I was mostly in year 3 and got to know the class really well, and in fact felt so much more confident in there I applied for the Y3 teacher's job since they were leaving! I got it and I've gone from ta to teacher in a term, nqt starts this week! So for any who are considering this route for whatever reason, do it, I definitely wouldn't have a teaching job by now if I didn't! I thought I would be TAing a lot longer considering how low my confidence was!

    And to the last person who posted, I see your view, I felt a bit bad taking a job away from someone who wants to be a TA, but the way I see it, I wasn't applying for ta jobs because I couldn't get a teaching job, I just felt I wasn't ready to teach, I had barely any confidence in my teaching and thought the best option was to be a ta, that way I was still in a school environment and I could learn lots without the added pressure/work load to keep up with :) Sorry if this one massive paragraph, I'm posting from my phone...
     
  11. Well done you, sounds like you have really made an impression. :)
     
  12. picsgirl

    picsgirl New commenter

    Well done! Happy it worked out for you.
     
  13. Can't tell you how much reading your post has done to lift my spirits. I have just sent off some applications for TA &HLTA posts for the same reasons that you give, ie to gain further experience. I am a mature NQT and after completing a PGCE felt unsure I ever wanted to set foot in a school again. However 6 months on and a temporary (non teaching) job just ended, I have now decided to give it a go. Thinking of all the sacrifices I made to complete the course I guess I owe it to myself and my partner who supported me through the course to give it a go.
    Anyway thanks for the positive update.
     
  14. Aww that's great - yeah, I was seriously considering just giving up, and thought no... I'm not wasting 3 years studying and stressing and crying over bad'ish' placements! Definitely can't see myself teaching for the rest of my life, but I'm giving it a go, enjoying it for the moment, and at the very least vowing to complete my NQT year!
    Good luck :)
     
  15. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    I don't get any time to do paperwork and the amount is increasing.
     
  16. laurenjn

    laurenjn New commenter

    I'm currently in the exact same position and this has made me feel so much better so thank you! My final placement really knocked my confidence and I was even told I'd trained in the wrong age phase specialism 3 days before I was due to leave and graduate! I've just started applying for TA jobs to boost my confidence and experience in KS1 so hopefully something will come my way =]
     
  17. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    laurenjn, you have posted on an old thread here ... but I'm hearing this all too often now, final placements are knocking confidence and making people wonder why they're going into teaching. It's such a shame - everyone was in this position once and we should be offering support. It's getting late in the year now, but there are still plenty of TA jobs around, so I wish you the very best of luck. Be kind to yourself, don't give up on your plans and hopefully you will get back on track in a TA post and feel ready to go for an NQT role before long.
     

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