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I am currently studying a Teaching Assistant level 3 course and am over half way through after working at my own pace for a few months. I am a young woman, who completed A-levels and attended university. I found being a uni student difficult as I struggle with exams and the high pressured learning environment…
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This is one of our most popular teaching assistant courses and both individuals and schools alike use it as an essential foundation course. It has been carefully written with nine comprehensive modules to cover all the support roles that you as a classroom assistant will be engaged in as you enjoy every day in this rewarding career.
Why is the job of teaching assistant so popular?
The ratio of teaching assistants to teachers in schools has grown over the past three years as the schools have found their overall support of the pupils and teachers invaluable. The job itself is extremely attractive for a variety of reasons.
- Parents of school age children just love the fact that both the holidays and working hours fit exactly with their children's school hours. This is a major benefit!
- The role itself is ideal for anyone who wants to work with children but not have the responsibility or the training requirement of a fully qualified teacher.
- Both part-time and full-time jobs are usually available and this means that other commitments can fit snugly around a great job.
- There is an opportunity to progress within the teaching assistant role to either, specialise on special educational needs (SEN) or to take a supervisory teacher assistant job as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA).
You do not need a placement for this widely accepted course
One of the challenges is “getting on the ladder”, that is, getting your first teaching assistant job. Well this course does not need a placement but still gives all the knowledge and understanding you will need as a teaching assistant. Whilst the competition for jobs is fierce the qualification when you successfully complete your course will help you get an interview and may well contribute to you landing the job. Even just being on the course will help but if you can get part-time voluntary work as a classroom assistant this will give you experience as you learn. It could also count in your favour as you apply for jobs.
The course structure
You will find that distance learning is an ideal way to study. You can fit your training around your other commitments and learn at your own pace in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The time needed to complete the course is approximately 160 hours which means that if you studied for just 2 hours 3 times a week you would finish in just over 6 months.
The method of delivering the lessons (modules) is either by post or you can take advantage of our teaching assistant courses online but whichever you choose rest assured that there will be an experienced, friendly tutor personally allocated to you to help every step of the way.
So read through the overview, check the syllabus, decide what method of delivery you want take advantage of the easy payment plan and enrol.
If you are already a teaching assistant this thorough training will help you in your job and if not, it will certainly be the first step in joining that happy band of teaching assistants.
When you finish watching this video you'll realise the value of enrolling on this Level 3 Teaching Assistant Course and the opportunities that will open up to you.
Teaching Assistant Courses Overview
Imagine your first day as a Teaching Assistant. You have worked hard on successfully completing your course, been interviewed and selected. Now you stand in the playground of the school, smartly dressed, proud but nervous, very nervous! Your own children attend this very school and they are nervous too, but for a different reason - classroom credibility. Their Mum is now a “Teacher”.
Will your course have prepared you? There were many teaching assistant courses to choose from but you're confident that the one you chose has prepared you to be the best teaching assistant you can be. It was informative, practical, you learned a lot and enjoyed it. But what is real life like in your new role?
Life in the classroom will be varied, challenging but very rewarding. Your course has made you ready to face the everyday challenges you will now face.
Schools vary in their needs and requirements of their teaching assistants. Your role as may vary quite a lot from another teaching assistant in a nearby school, or even within the same school. You may be required to support an individual child or even a group of “students”. The teacher may even need some support.
Let's take away some of those nerves and list a few things that your course has prepared you for.
Overview 1 – Supporting the teacher
- Preparing the classroom for different activities
- Observing pupils performance and communicating such to the teacher
- Setting up ICT equipment
- Helping with school outings and other events such as sports and parents evenings
Overview 2 – Supporting the pupil
- Looking after distressed pupils
- Playing educational games
- Reading to the children or listening to them read
- Telling them stories
- Looking after craft activities and art displays
- Supporting pupils who are slow to learn or behind in their activities
Overview 3 – Supporting the school to carry out routine activities
- Performing administration tasks
- Understanding and ensuring all the schools policies are followed
- Making sure all health and safety and legal issues are in order
Overview 4 – Supporting the Curriculum
- Understanding the National Curriculum for your age group
- Planning, evaluating and assisting pupils during all learning activities
Overview 5 – Supporting pupils with special needs
- Ensuring that pupils with special needs are and feel included
- Always supporting learners
Overview 6 – Supporting pupils with Literacy development
- Supporting the development of reading skills
- Supporting the development of writing skills
- Supporting the development of speaking and listening skills
Overview 7 – Supporting pupils with Numeracy development
- Supporting the development of number skills
- Supporting the development of problem solving and data handling skills
- Supporting the understanding of measures, shape and space
Overview 8 – Working with others
- Other professionals and parents
Wow, that's some task BUT don't worry as a new teaching assistant you will be introduced slowly into all this and most schools actually have an induction programme that blends beautifully with your teaching assistant course to help you enjoy your work from day one.
Please note that (as stated in your course) you are not required to lead lessons but may supervise a class if the teacher is absent temporarily. Higher Level Teaching Assistants work alongside the teacher acting as a specialist assistant. But hey that's getting ahead of ourselves and your course has not prepared you for that.
Skills You Need in order to become a Good Teaching Assistant and Enrol on a course
If you've got through the interview then you must have the skills required, the main skill you possess is that you enjoy working with children. Good organisational skills are important too as well as the ability to develop good relationships with both pupils and adults.
Do our Teaching Assistant Courses Meet that Criteria?
Relax. We even supply our teaching assistant courses direct to schools often ordered by the Head Teacher for his teaching assistants who have no qualifications. Vocational Training Organisations also enrol many students on our teaching assistant courses and The Prince's Trust no less, fund younger students for teaching assistant courses with us.
So What about You?
There you stand outside the door of your chosen school, outside the door of your new and exciting career as a teaching assistant. Your teaching assistants course has prepared you well.
Walk through that door and enjoy your life as a teaching assistant knowing that you can and will make a difference in the lives of many pupils.
Thanks and Enjoy the Journey.
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