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Teaching Assistant EYFS supporting statement

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by cmugan, May 23, 2016.

  1. cmugan

    cmugan New commenter

    Hello
    I am applying for a Teaching Assistant in EYFS. I really love the school but am struggling with my supporting statement. I have been to look at the school and had a walk around with the head and deputy, and the head said please make sure you put an application in. I have applied for 2 TA roles in EYFS and not got an interview. I am a qualified teacher, Early years specialist, have 4 years experience in EYFS within the last 5 years but am in year 6 at the moment. Could anyone share any info or even their supporting statement to help please?
    Thank you in advance
     
  2. lilycorrigan

    lilycorrigan New commenter

    Hi cmugan with the supporting statement, you need to re-read the JD & PS and think to yourself do I fit these requirements? If I were you, I would write down (on a separate sheet of paper) all the requirements and write down underneath how you fit each requirement. Then write a short blurb about yourself (personality, team player etc.) Lastly write why you are the right candidate for the job.

    Put them on your application in this order:

    1. Write why you are the right candidate for the job.
    2. Highlight the JD & PS (not everything in both) and explain why you fit these requirements (don't use the word fit though, find a better term than I'm using in this post).
    3. Then tell them about yourself, hobbies, interests etc.
    4. If you have time, then ask someone to proof-read it for you, I'm sure there are plenty of members who can help you.


    Good luck

    Lily Corrigan
     
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  3. laouer

    laouer New commenter

    Could you please help me with my teaching assistant statement. I need your feedback. Thanks

    I have always enjoyed being around young students and have supplemented my interests in Secondary teaching by gaining much work experience as possible. As Teacher Assistant in the Languages Department of Swanlea College, Whitechapel, in 2009, I worked with students from different backgrounds, including those with learning disabilities, such as autism, dyslexia and hearing impairment. I am currently working as cover Teacher and TA for Secondary schools through Education Agencies.


    I supported teachers by preparing the classroom for lessons, creating teaching materials, displays, and managing pupils’ behaviour for students from years 8 to 10. I was in charge of small groups and one-to-one sessions which aimed to develop students’ spoken and written French. I had the opportunity to share and discuss any individual matters with the teacher and produce accurate record of progress on the grades achieved by each student. By observing a very inspiring teacher, I learnt how to keep good relationships with staff, pupils and parents and also to have a good understanding of educational theory. Bilingual in English and French, French is my mother tongue. I helped pupils from a variety of linguistic backgrounds in small groups or one-to-one.


    I consider myself very patient with good listening skills; I strongly believe that positive behaviour management strategies work by encouraging children with praise, particularly to those lacking confidence or self-esteem. As French tutor, I tutored a number of students in the preparation of GCSE and A level exams and regularly discussed with parents their children’s progress and suggested ways in which improvements could be made.


    The biggest strengths that I would bring to the post are good organisational skills to plan activities in accordance with the lesson plans and good communication skills, including listening to the needs of the students. I am familiar with lesson plans, as well including various resources and tasks to meet students’ learning styles. I am curious and open-minded and have a passion to pass on my enthusiasm for learning to the students.



    I also worked in a Primary school one day a week for a year as French Teacher Assistant that showed me that I can relate very well to children and young kids. I have helped children to improve their reading and comprehension skills. I have observed a Teacher dealing with 7 years old boy with ASD. This experience has helped me to take in account each student's needs, goals and interests.


    I am skilled in areas of computing (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and can help teachers in preparing classes. For my lessons, I have to create lessons plans, handouts and tasks. I had assignments that required giving a presentation to the class or writing an essay using PowerPoint or Word. My ICT skills will enable me to support the teacher by creating documents that contribute to their lessons.


    I have been always very impressed by APS’s reputation through feedbacks and reviews and it would be a great opportunity for me to become part of the team.


    Thanks for your consideration.
     
  4. lilycorrigan

    lilycorrigan New commenter

    Hi sorry it's taken me ages to get back to you. I've been very busy with personal circumstances. I've had a look at your supporting statement and made a few notes to help you further. My notes are in Bold


    As a Teaching Assistant with experience within Secondary schools and SEN departments there has been an immense enjoyment on my part through the experience of working with young people. This has spurred me on to gain more experience with Secondary education. At Swanlea College in Whitechapel , I worked with students from different backgrounds, including those with learning disabilities, such as autism, dyslexia and hearing impairment within the Languages department. I am currently working as Cover Teacher and TA for Secondary schools through a number of Education Agencies.


    At (name of the school) my responsibility was to provide support to teachers by preparing the classroom for lessons, creating teaching materials, displays, and managing pupils’ behaviour for students from years 8 to 10. I was also in charge of teaching small groups and teaching on a one-to-one basis which is aimed at individuals who needed additional support to develop their spoken and written French. There was also several opportunities to share and discuss any individual matters with the teacher and produce accurate records of progress on the grades achieved by each student. This enabled me to have more of a supporting teaching role and boosted my skills for my teacher training in the future. By observing a very inspiring teacher, I learnt how to keep good relationships with staff, pupils and parents and also to have a good understanding of educational theory (need to explain in a bit more detail, to show the employer that you know what you are talking about in case they ask you about such in the interview.). As a native of France, I am Bilingual in both English and French.


    Being a very patient person with good listening skills; I strongly believe that positive behaviour management strategies work by encouraging children with praise, particularly to those with low confidence or low self-esteem. As a French tutor, I tutored a number of students in the preparation of GCSE and A level exams and regularly discussed with parents their children’s progress and suggested ways in which improvements could be made.


    The biggest strengths that I would bring to the post are good organisational skills to plan activities in accordance with the lesson plans and good communication skills, including listening to the needs of the students. I am very familiar with lesson plans, as well including various resources and tasks to meet students’ learning styles. I am open-minded and have a passion to pass on my enthusiasm for learning to the students.



    My other experience that I have had that relates to this post is in (name of primary school) as an French Teaching Assistant. My responsibilities were to help children to improve their reading and comprehensive skills. (Were you working in a French school?? If yes tell them here). I also had the opportunity to see hands on how you would enhance a student (with special needs) learning in a mainstream primary school. Having this experience has enhanced my knowledge of teaching all students with the same goal in mind for their learning, and has spurred my passion for teaching further.

    With extensive knowledge of computers including various programs, I have been trusted to plan lessons for the teachers, for students on a one to one basis and for groups. For the lessons that I teach, I have to create lessons plans, handouts and tasks for the students. I have also been assigned to give presentations to students and also help them with essay preparation. With this experience it will enable me to support the teacher by creating documents that contribute to their lessons and help the students to develop more in this particular subject.


    I have been always very impressed by APS’s (Full name of school you are applying to) reputation through feedbacks and reviews and it would be a great opportunity for me to become apart of the team.

    Hope this helps

    Lily
     

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