Teaching Assistant jobs

Are you thinking of becoming a Teaching Assistant but not quite sure what the role entails or whether you have the right skills and qualifications?
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The following information will provide you with an outline what you need to take up one of our many teaching assistant jobs with TimePlan. You will also be able to register with TimePlan and find out what teaching assistant jobs TimePlan has following the links on this page.

If you enjoy working with children and would like to play a part in their education and wellbeing, a job as a teaching assistant could be ideal for you. Teaching assistants are a crucial part of every school but the role can differ greatly from school to school and class to class. The responsibilities can range from performing routine tasks to working with individual children with special needs. An increasing number of TAs are also given the task of assessing pupils’ literacy and numeracy performance.

TimePlan receives a high volume of applications for teaching assistant roles and will only consider applications from individuals who have a clear interest in education and hold relevant qualifications/experience. Applicants should also demonstrate that they have a sound knowledge of the National Curriculum and/or the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Role and Responsibilities

As a teaching assistant your role would be to support teachers and help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom. It could more specifically involve directly supporting children with particular needs, working with them individually or in small groups. Bilingual TAs will often be asked to support pupils with English as a second language. The exact role will depend on the school, department and the age of the children, but in general duties include:

  • preparing the classroom ready for lessons
  • supporting pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities
  • working one to one or with small groups
  • listening to children read, reading to them or telling them stories
  • helping pupils in practical lessons
  • creating displays of pupils’ work
  • helping teachers to plan learning activities and complete records
  • supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
  • supervising group activities and contributing to observations
  • undertaking playground duty/lunch duty
  • looking after children who are upset or have had accidents
  • clearing away materials and equipment after lessons
  • helping with outings, sports events and extra-curricular clubs and activities
  • taking part in training and supporting new teachers
  • carrying out administrative tasks such as photocopying, ordering and filing.

Qualifications Required

TimePlan will consider applications from individuals who hold one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Post Graduate Degree/Certificate in Education
  • Level 3 Award/Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Skills, Interests and Qualities

As a teaching assistant you will need:

  • experience of working with children
  • the ability to build good relationships with children, teachers, parents and carers
  • a basic understanding of how children develop and learn
  • flexibility and creativity
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • good reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • patience and a sense of humour
  • the ability to manage groups of children and cope with challenging behaviour
  • good IT skills

Teaching Assistant Jobs

TimePlan receives numerous teaching assistant jobs everyday. Click on our ‘Job Search’ button to find your perfect TA job today. Or simply register your interest and one of our School Support Team will contact you directly.