I am a recent arts graduate who originally wanted to pursue a career in community arts regeneration, however graduating during the recession has proved quite difficult as jobs were scarce. I adore working with children and have had many years of volunteering and leading projects in the UK and abroad. In September I will be pursuing a PGCE in primary education. I have been working as a TA for two years. I started at a school last September with a 2.5 form entry school. I have and I am sure as most of you put 200% into my role as a TA as no job is worth a half-hearted effort..whole heartedly all the way. Whilst I throughly enjoy my job as a TA, but up until now I can't help but feel taken advantaged of. I have started to become slightly frustrated with my teacher this term as she expects me to carry out my role and most of hers too. From getting in, in the morning I usually set up the tables with activites I deem to reflect the 6 areas of learning as planning is usually nowhere to be seen on the board. (My teacher is sitting at her computer all the while - not really sure what she is doing) I tend to the children as they enter and then she takes the register, assembly, etc. At tidy up times, I usually chime the triangle and iniatiate tidy up time and clear away the activities with the children whilst my teacher is getting frustrated working with a group of children. I have a half an hour lunch, set up afternoon activities and then I support EAL children across Reception/Yr1 until lunchtime is over. She has never set up or cleared away activities once since I started with her. After the afternoon session I tidy up whilst she is doing group work, during storytime I take out small groups of children to support them with phonics/blends until the end of the school day. I usually stay an hour after school to work my way through jobs such as displays, lining books, prep for next day, etc. She has been observed twice and was told her teaching is satisfactory and is to be observed again this week. She never seems to have her own ideas for the planning and it is I who gives her mine and spends time at home on the internet thinking of activities/ ways to develop the children's learning further. What I found most interesting was last week she was absent all week so we had PPA teachers to cover the class. I was amazed at how well the children behaved - even the mischevious ones. The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed and calm and the children really enjoyed learning. I felt more at ease and didn't feel stressed as I was able to complete all my jobs. The class teacher returned this week, I explained to her what the children had been learning during the week. There was no appreciation, instead she asked 'Where are all the observations of the children?' The classroom has returned to a tense and stressful learning environment with a stressed/frustrated teacher. In our class I feel that 'teamwork' isn't as strong as it should be whereas I have observed the other reception classes and they work wonderfully as a team. I am leaving at the end of the year to pursue a PGCE in Primary Education but I feel as though someone in my school needs to hear about her ways of working as I feel it really impacts on the children's learning. I don't feel comfortable sitting down with her as she can be quite defensive. I am not sure whether it is better for me to talk with the Foundation Leader before I leave....What do you think? Any suggestions would be welcomed. Thank you.