I am seriously thinking about a change in direction for my career, and one possibility is becoming a TA instead of a teacher. I love teaching but the parts I love are working with children and actually helping them progress, and I am increasingly finding that my abiltiy to do this is being taken away by the paperwork and interference from higher up. The ever increasing workload is having a massive detrimental effect on my personal life too. I used to be a TA before I trained so I know full well the pros and cons of the job in general, but that was several years ago and I would like to hear some accounts of what current TAs experience. One of my main questions is about pay. Clearly this is not a job we do because of the huge financial reward(!!) and I am prepared to take a significant pay cut if I make this change, but the fact remains that I need to support myself and need to know what I would earn and whether this idea is actually feasible. If anyone is willing to tell me what they earn after tax etc I would find that very useful. Also, as a TA with a teaching qualification, would I be well received in schools or would you think it was odd? Would my qualifications allow me to go straight in as a HLTA? I would be happy to do some teaching like PPA cover and would be happy to run clubs etc. Thank you in advance for any help or advice! I really am in a dilemma currently about what to do so any information I would be grateful for.