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What should I do?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by BethanieRose1997, May 31, 2019.

  1. BethanieRose1997

    BethanieRose1997 New commenter

    Hey there. I recently started a job in March being a 1:1 Personal Development TA. I was quite thankful of getting the job however I'm now stuck at a little bit of a dead end.

    I dont actually hold any TA qualifications,I just had a lot of experience working with behavioural issues. My job previously was toxic and I needed to get out as it was making me very sick both mentally and physically. I took this role knowing it was for a year on a temporary contract if not to just gain myself some experience.

    The boy I work with has major behaviour issues which stems from a bad background. Running off,fighting,strangling children,destroying classrooms,unwilling to do work,low attention span,very very short tempered and the list could go on. I'm his 1:1 to try and enable him to better himself going into year 6 but its proving to be impossible. How can I work with someone that's physically not interested in working,do
  2. hubcap

    hubcap New commenter

    You say the hat you do not hold any ta qualifications. How did you get the job?
    That is a concern as you need to be trained to work with these children.
    Do you have a servo? Go and chat with them. They should be able to give you lots of strategies to work with this child.
    More importantly ask if you can do a ta course whilst you are employed there.
  3. BethanieRose1997

    BethanieRose1997 New commenter

    I think it was purely off experience and who would suit the child better however I do know the people I was against in the interview also did not hold TA qualifications. I'd have thought this was mandatory.

    I will ask if we have anything I can go on when I go back next week! Thanks
  4. annie2020

    annie2020 New commenter

    For what it's worth, your previous experience is probably more helpful than any TA course in this situation. I agree that you need to speak to your SENCO/classroom teacher and whoever else has worked with this child. He sounds extremely challenging. You need to find out what has (not) worked previously and if there's specialised training specific to his behaviour that would help you. I assume you've tried following the school's behaviour policy consistently, used rewards/consequences etc?

    All the best.
  5. hubcap

    hubcap New commenter


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