Teaching Assistants & Learning Support
Academic Solutions understand the vital role that Teaching Assistants play in supporting children with their learning activities in the classroom. They work closely with teachers to make sure pupils enjoy learning in a safe and caring setting. To undertake teaching assistant jobs you will usually need some experience of working with children. We look for candidates with NVQ Level 3 or above qualifications in a childcare related subject.
As a teaching assistant, you will support teachers and help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom. Your exact job will depend on the school and the age of the children.
Your Job Can Include:
- Getting the classroom ready for lessons
- Listening to children read, reading to them or telling them stories
- Helping children who need extra support to complete tasks
- Helping teachers to plan learning activities and complete records
- Supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
- Supervising group activities
- Looking after children who are upset or have had accidents
- Clearing away materials and equipment after lessons
- Helping with outings and sports events
- Taking part in training
- Carrying out administrative tasks
You will also support children with particular needs, working with them individually or in small groups.
In some schools, you could have a specialism, such as literacy, numeracy or special educational needs (SEN). If you are bilingual, you might do more work with children whose first language is not English.
At secondary level, you are likely to concentrate on working with individuals and small groups and, depending on the subject, you may help with ‘practical’s’, for example in science.
Teaching assistants are also called classroom assistants or learning support assistants.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) you will have more responsibility.
This can include:
- Working alongside teachers to support learning activities
- Helping to plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
- Acting as a specialist assistant for particular subjects
- Leading classes under the direction of the teacher
- Supervising other support staff
You will also assess, record and report on the progress of children you work with.