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Temping as a TA

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by charleyw, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm looking to start my PGCE next September but in the meantime I need some classroom experience. Does anyone on here have any experience temping as a TA? Is there much work available currently? I don't need to be working every single day, but a day or two each week would be a good minimum.
  2. Gsr25

    Gsr25 Occasional commenter

    Hi there,

    In a voluntary capacity it should be relatively simple to get experience in the classroom however in a paid capacity the field is pretty competitive so you would be very lucky to get a paid job with no current experience. That said, schools welcome volunteers with open arms especially if they have a special skill they can share such musical ability or sports experience etc so I would suggest you contact local schools in the first instance, first with a letter then maybe a follow up phone call the next week (although bear in mind this is a pretty crazy time of year as classes are transitioning in primary and exams in secondary so you may not get a reply for a while!)

    Good luck!
  3. Thanks for your help :)

    I already have a school I can volunteer at. My issue is that I currently work full time and my employer won't let me cut down my hours. If I'm to ever get onto a PGCE placement, I need more recent school experience (mine is pre 2009). I can afford to take quite a drastic pay cut, but not to be entirely without employment.
  4. snugglepot

    snugglepot Occasional commenter

    I did it years ago to supplement a short contract. There was quite a bit of work in the winter but not so much in the summer. I worked for the LA team but I suggest you send your details to schools offering supply. I did quite a lot of private nursery work too.

    Most weeks I had one to two days sometimes a whole week, some maternity cover too. So yes it is worth trying. Good luck.
  5. Thanks all - I have been ridiculously lucky and skipped having to do supply TA'ing. I start a year long role as a part time TA in September - absolutely perfect for what I was looking for. They were particularly impressed because I didn't have experience, that I managed to shine in both interview and classroom. Just wanted others to know - it can be done!!

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