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Secondary teacher - wanting to move to Primary TA role

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by niky257, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Hi

    Thanks for your reply, it was an interesting read and I take on board all that you have said. Some of what you have said rings alarm bells - I guess any consideration of a change in direction is unsettling, and it has worried me that people may question my motive. I am digesting your reply very carefully......... Thanks for your help.

  2. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    I'm sure others can provide anecdotal evidence of teachers who have become TAs and don't regret it. If you're sure that you don't want to teach again and don't mind the drop in (or absence of) salary, you have nothing to lose. I don't think people will question your motives - teaching is not easy and a high percentage of teachers leave the profession in their first five years.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Only anecdotal, but I know of a Headteacher, who decided they'd had enough of all the paperwork etc & became a TA. When asked how she felt about the move her reply was "Wonderful! I've finally got my life back!". (Mind you it was a permanent post not maternity, which would affect one's attitude.)
  4. <u>Advantages</u>
    • Less paperwork
    • Less responsibility
    • More time for family and self.
    • You already have the skills and knowledge needed by a TA.
    <u>Disadvantages </u>
    • No real career structure
    • Poor pay
    • You might get frustrated by your role. What would you do if a teacher gives you some work you felt unsuitable for a group of children? Point it out and risk undermining your relationship with teacher who feels threatened by your qualifications?
    • What if you had to work with a poor teacher, will it drive you mad because you know that you could do better?
    • Risk of exploitation, being asked to do things above your paid role of a TA.
    Good luck with whatever you decide to do. If you are unhappy in your role and can afford to take a wage hit then do what your heart tells you to do.
    I am intrigued as to why you have decided to move from secondary to primary.[​IMG]

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