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Y6 L2 TA

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by AKhan007, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. AKhan007

    AKhan007 New commenter

    I’ve been informed that I’ll be supporting in Y6 as of September! I’ve always worked in Y3 & 4 capacity and I’m very comfortable with NC for these year groups!

    I’ve never worked in Y6 before so I’m worried about SATs and the demands of such year group. I’m not comfortable with the Y6 NC at all! The teacher I’ll be working with is great and very supportive but how can I support these children if I’m not all confident with the Y6 NC it’s more like Y9 work. I’ve been a reader for Y6 before and have seen thequestions on SATs papers! If I can’t answer some of those questions how am I expected to support these innocent children to get the best results ever?

    Would love to hear from all teachers and TAs, in particular those who work in Y6!
    agathamorse and pepper5 like this.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well, fortunately it's not up to you to know all the answers. The teacher is in charge of the learning and yours and their role is to help the children develop their abilities, to be able to do the work. Not do it for them.
  3. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Many years ago I was moved from reception to Y3. I felt exactly like you but I did it and enjoyed it. It makes you more employable if you can say you have experience of the different age groups. Plus in the future if you ever do supply teaching you have a wider experience to offer. With the other teacher being supportive and experienced I say absolutely go for it.
  4. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Just realised you are a TA not a teacher so why would it bother you that much? You are under the direction of the teacher. Why not ask if you can spend a bit of time this term observing so that you feel more comfortable for Sept?
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You're a TA. There's no such thing as a YR4 teacher or a YR4 TA. There's teachers and TAs.

    I assume you have Maths and English at GCSE? Perhaps time for a refresher course for you. Reskill and regain some confidence.

    I don't suppose the teacher will deploy you to work with the most able anyway. Not unless you're a specialist in a particular subject. You're more likely to be supporting the strugglers and you need to express yourself in terms they will understand.

    So find yourself a course or a tutor. Tell the HT you're lacking in confidence and will need to prepare. Perhaps the HT knows of someone and will pay for it out of school funds. I would. As long as you do have those GCSEs it shouldn't take much to get your core subjects back up to scratch.
  6. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Do not worry. As GDW says as long as you have GCSE English and Maths you will be fine - all you need is a boost.

    Most TAs and teachers have to refresh their subject knowledge regularly. It is all part of the job. No one knows everything. You will learn as you go. Once you do it one year, next year if you work in Year 6 again, it will be a lot easier.

    If the school didn't think you had the capability of working in Year 6, they would not have asked you to support Year 6.

    All the best for September and don't put so much pressure on yourself. It is a team effort.
  7. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Change is good. It enhances your skill set and broadens your knowledge and understanding. Any teacher faced with a move from one key stage or year group to another, with feel at least some trepidation, but that’s what preparation is for.

    The teacher is great, the teacher will be preparing the lessons and planning your work. Watch and learn as much as you can beforehand and go with a positive attitude. You’ll be enriching your experience.

    I taught every age from 5-16 at one time or another. Ended up liking the age range I always thought I wouldn’t.
  8. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    Surely all you need to do is find out what will be being taught, with what resources, and give yourself look through them prior to the lesson? It might be different to the Y6 work we did, but if 10 and 11 year olds cope with it I'm sure it's not out of your grasp.
  9. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    I have had some awful TAs who struggled with the subject content (GCSE). The density of short pieces of wood springs to mind.
    However, you are willing to admit that you will struggle. You will be o.k. All you need to do is swot up on the curriculum. You have a supportive teacher to guide you. See if you can attend some CPD sessions. We made all of our learning support assistants attend English and Maths CPD. Needless to say, the useless ones never attended. Although we had one who attended most of the sessions, said how wonderful they were, they had given her lots of inspiration, and then went off and did her own thing.
    Your target for next year is to be able to pass your SATs with confidence. Come on, you are as clever as an 11 year old.
    Let us know how you get on.
  10. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    It is not your job to know the answers. It is advantageous to know the curriculum, but certainly not essential. You are not there to teach but to enable learning by removing barriers.

    I tell my TAs to request direction and not allow teachers to use then as an extra teacher. If this happens we reach the scenario of students becoming TA dependent and they have less contact time from the teacher. This is a double whammy of poor practice.

    To stamp it out at my last place of work we made it part of both TA and teacher observations that they give clear instruction to the TA, or that the TA seek instruction. Going to implement it at my next job too!
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