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Teaching assistants support teachers, pupils and schools in general by providing an extensive range of important services. Considered the backbone of the modern educational institution by many, teaching assistants are no less than the glue that holds the classroom together.
Typical duties and responsibilities vary from one school and position to the next, but will usually include most of the following:
Preparing classrooms and workshops for lessons
Reading to children and listening to them read
Providing support with basic literacy and numeracy skills
Offering additional support for children who struggle
Working with teachers to plan lessons and activities
Supervising group activities indoors and outdoors
Overseeing the health and safety of every pupil
Monitoring the progress and development of pupils
Organizing and taking part in parents’ evenings
Helping teachers manage appropriate classroom behaviour
Covering a broad range of administrative tasks
In essence, a teaching assistant may be called upon to handle anything that doesn’t require the direct input or supervision of a teacher, or any senior figure within the school. More experienced teaching assistants may also be required to lead or supervise classes independently from time to time.
Some teaching assistants focus on one specific support area, such as assisting children with special needs or helping with sporting/athletic events. By contrast, others offer a more dynamic range of support services covering all everyday requirements.
By building the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to become a successful teaching assistant, you’ll gain access to a diverse range of job opportunities at home and abroad. The vast majority of schools rely on teaching assistants to support the services they provide - one school will often hire several, even dozens of teaching assistants.
For some, it’s all about the satisfaction that comes with contributing to the education and development of pupils of all ages. For others, it’s an important steppingstone on the way to becoming a teacher.
Whatever your current position and objectives, you’ll be one big step closer to reaching them with an endorsed Teaching Assistant Award on your CV. Check out our complete range of teaching assistant courses online, or contact the admissions team at Brentwood Open Learning College if you have any questions.
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