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Which training assistant course is best for someone retraining?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by mypage101, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. mypage101

    mypage101 New commenter

    I am looking to retrain (from a nurse!) to teaching assistant looking to possibly specialise in special needs in the future. However, I’m so confused by all the courses on offer-some are apprenticeships, some are diplomas, some are online and some you have to already be working in a school!
    Can anyone advise me which is the best course to do for someone who doesn’t have any current school experience and is not currently working in the environment but looking to retrain? I would be so grateful! Thank you in advance xx
  2. Nahmero

    Nahmero New commenter

    Apprenticeships are good for both gaining experience and learning about the role, most of the learning is done in the school setting with 20% off the job training. You get paid less than working teaching assistants though. There are different level courses (L2 and L3) which will reflect your responsibilities and pay after you qualify. Checking with the local authority and apprenticeships government website is a good way to find some in your area. With you wanting to specialise in SEND, some schools who are involved in this do offer apprenticeships to train as a TA with them, there's not many but if there are some in your area this could give you more specific experience for when you find future jobs.

    Personally with what you've listed I would say this is a pretty good option, it's how I qualified. I'm not certain about the details of the other options, but maybe someone else will.

    Good Luck :)
  3. celago22

    celago22 Established commenter

    Have you thought about applying for a TA position?
    Some don't ask for any experience and you will have lots of transferable skills which you could use.
  4. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Both of the above posters have made very good points. You will have many transferable skills and experience, so I would consider applying if you see any jobs advertised - although (having been involved in recruitment of TAs for many years) I know that the majority of schools do require qualifications now.
    I also think apprenticeships are a very good option - you will have a salary (albeit not great) and will be working in a school 4 days a week and at college for 1 day. We've had 4 apprentices at our school; 3 of them have been very successful. One decided quite early on that it wasn't for her; one moved away once qualified but the other two were both offered full time jobs once they had achieved their Level 2. One of them signed up for a further year apprenticeship and is now Level 3. There are mandatory modules on the course and various optional ones - you would be able to choose special needs modules. Contact your local authority to find out whether this is an option for you. Best of luck.
  5. mypage101

    mypage101 New commenter

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