Hello Everyone, I am currently applying for Teaching Assistant jobs, but so far haven't heard back from any of them. Please can someone give me feedback on my supporting statement? Thanks! I am applying to become a Teaching Assistant because I believe that all children deserve equal opportunities in education and this role will enable me to provide this whilst supporting children with a diverse range of learning needs. For me there is no greater joy than helping children to learn new skills and overcome challenges, which is something I discovered when volunteering at my local First School. I am a creative person who loves story writing, reading, art and music and I believe that my creative skills will help me support other areas of the primary curriculum such as, Science and Numeracy. For my degree I completed a teaching module that required me to create a lesson plan for a target audience. My target audience was a hypothetical group of six Key Stage 2 Primary school children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. My previous interest in how creative writing can be used as a therapeutic tool led me to designing a lesson plan to help children express their feelings and emotions in a positive way. For my research I took the initiative to contact a local Primary School and an Educational Psychologist, both of which gave me great insight into how to design my lesson plan. I was also able to test my lesson plan on my nine year old cousin. My research has taught me the importance of allowing for differentiation, making sure to support slow learners, whilst also challenging gifted and talented children. I learnt about different learning styles such as visual, audio and kinaesthetic and therefore tailored my lesson plan so that I included visual props, music, drawing, writing and role play. From this module I have gained invaluable problem solving skills and creative skills that will enable me to come up with strategies that can help children overcome challenges. Working as a Teaching Assistant will be a wonderful opportunity for me to put my theoretical studies of children’s behaviour into practice. As well as supporting teachers and children in the classroom, I would also be interested in supporting Ladygrove’s Forest Schools and environmental education. I believe in the positive affects that the natural environment has on children’s mental health and wellbeing. Good Numeracy and Literacy Skills I have a GCSE grade C in Mathematics which came to good use when I worked as a shop assistant for Thornton’s. The role often required being able to work out sums and percentages and mental arithmetic. In my role at Dorset Police I supported my team leader by working out annual leave for employees, which required working out sums based on their working hours, pay scales and length of service. I have GCSEs in English and English Literature both at grade B and Science at grade C. I have recently completed a degree in creative writing which required the ability to be able to write creatively as well as write essays. My assignments were marked for spelling, grammar and punctuation, both of which I was able to strengthen over the course of my degree. Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier At Dorset Police I regularly used the computer to input data, write letters and send and receive emails and use the internet. I can use applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. I also frequently used the photocopier, scanner and laminator. For my degree we had assignments that required giving a presentation to the class, for this I used Microsoft PowerPoint. I can also use Photoshop and whilst studying in sixth form I was asked to teach a Year 12 art group how to use this software to create a digital painting. This was a very enjoyable experience and my first experience of creating my own lesson plan and tutorial for the one hour session. My ICT skills will come in very useful when teaching children how to use a computer and will also enable me to support the teacher by creating presentations that contribute to their lessons. Ability to relate well to children and adults Volunteering at my local First School revealed to me that I can relate very well to children. For example, I encouraged one child who was struggling to come up with an idea for a story by helping him relate the task to his own interests. For the rest of the morning he sat by himself engrossed in his writing. From my experience I also discovered how easily children who are struggling can be left behind, and how gifted children can become bored, if not fully supported in the classroom. As you can see from my previous experience I have worked in many roles that required being able to communicate effectively with adults. Working for Dorset Police has helped me to develop my ability to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person with members of the public and the police. Whilst working autonomously I also had to answer detailed queries that came in via the telephone and email. I remained calm and polite when dealing with staff who were angry and confused, qualities which I have found to be useful when dealing with difficult behaviour in the classroom. Work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and my own position within these. I understand that as a Teaching Assistant my role is to not only support pupils, but to also support the teacher, the curriculum, and the school. Team work, planning and good communication skills were very important for my role with Dorset Police, which often involved teaching tasks to new employees. Working in a school will require that I can work with other teaching assistants, teachers and parents, for which my experience of team work will allow me to do. For example, I can support teachers by preparing the classroom for lessons, managing children’s behaviour, updating and creating new classroom displays, helping with marking and lesson planning and providing admin support. I am curious and open-minded and have a passion to pass on my enthusiasm for learning to children. I am sure that the experience I have gained with children and through my degree will make me a valued member of your team.