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TA level 3 job - what pay grade?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by rebeccacarman, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. I have just been offered a temporary part time Level 3 TA job, the advert stated Grade 6, Level 1-4 depending on experience. I am a trained teacher and have been volunteering in the school for over a year. I have not worked as a TA before so am not sure how the levels work and what might be reasonable to expect. Please can someone give me a bit of advise so that when I go in on monday I don't just say yes to whatever they suggest! Also its pro-rota, I will be working 17.5 hours, is 35 a standard week?
    Thank you!
     
  2. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    According to ATL, there is no statutory pay spine for support staff, but this link may help further:
    http://www.atl.org.uk/pay/pay-scales/payscales-support-staff.asp
     
  3. Ophelia 9

    Ophelia 9 New commenter

    Unfortunately the new body which was formed to create a national agreement for terms and conditions for school support staff was abolished when the current government came into power and so we are still in a situation where pay is extremely varied across local authorities! In my own the nearest I can find to your hours is a Level 3 TA on 18.75 hours quoting an actual salary in the range £8287 - £10647. (This is an authority paying well - others will be less.) I don't know whether your teaching experience will place you higher up the scale or not.
    A standard week is now 36.5 hours (although it would be rare to find a Level 3 TA working those hours salaries are usually quoted for full-time, particularly where Single Status has been implemented.) Not only will you only get paid pro-rata to full time hours it will also be term-time only which usually works out at around 45 - 46 weeks pay per year but divided equally across each month - this is normally done by paying you for fewer hours each month than you actually work to cover the weeks in which you don't actually earn any money.
     

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