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Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by mordensurrey, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Hello,

    I m Nursery Nurse with NVQ3 Level. I am volunteering at my child's school. I have small reading group, spelling (40 children) one 2 one and speech and language therapy (6 children). Can I study HLTA course? Do you think I can apply for TA position in primary school? Am I kidding Myself?

    Thank you...
  2. You could certainly apply for a TA job, the HLTA whilst you are volunteering might be trickier to achieve.
    As I recall when I did my HLTA it required you to have been employed as a TA for at least two years. You have to be regularly teaching whole classes and supporting teachers in the planning and resourcing of lessons. Additionally funding has been withdrawn for HLTA courses so it would be a case of funding it yourself or asking the Headteacher to fund it.
    I don't quite understand this bit, what are you doing with the 40 children?
    Competition for TA jobs is high but it is always worth applying for any jobs that come up-Good Luck!

  3. I have 40 children in my group. I work with them one 2 one every week. I teach them phonics and writing.

    Thank you.
  4. You must be volunteering full time!!
  5. I am volunteering 4 full days. I want to gain more experience especially SEN.. Am I silly?
  6. No your not silly , experience is always good ...
    is there ant local courses you could do as well , our local WEA runs a specialist SEN course.
    I would get applying for jobs if i were you , good luck

  7. snugglepot

    snugglepot Occasional commenter

    In order to get on the HLTA course the Headteacher has to put you forward for it. In our area you have to have been working for a lot more than two years before applying for status. There are only a few areas where there is funding available and it is quite expensive.There are not many jobs available and not many schools pay staff at the HLTA rate for all their hours.
    I think you would be better looking for another qualification and I agree an SEN one would be good on top of your Nursery Nursing.

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