What Is a Teaching Assistant?
What Is a Teaching Assistant?
A Teaching Assistant (or TA for short) assists a teacher by providing teaching and learning support to help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom.
Some Teaching Assistants work exclusively with pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities (SEND).
Teaching Assistants are also known as Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, Pupil Support Assistants or Teacher’s Aides.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Teaching Assistant?
Working as a Teaching Assistant encompasses a wide range of responsibilities to support both students and teachers in the classroom.
Teaching Assistants play a key role in preparing the classroom for lessons and creating displays of children's work to foster a stimulating learning environment. During lessons, Teaching Assistants will work closely with pupils to ensure their understanding of a subject and maintain their focus, providing motivation to promote positive behaviour and learning.
Teaching Assistant support includes helping children who require additional assistance, as well as supporting the teacher in managing challenging behaviour to maintain a positive classroom atmosphere. Teaching Assistants will actively engage in improving literacy skills by listening to pupils read.
Beyond the classroom, Teaching Assistant roles involve attending training sessions to develop and nurture skills. They also contribute to the school community by assisting with extra-curricular activities such as clubs and outings. Their dedication to maintaining a safe and healthy environment ensures the well-being of all students in your care.
While working as a Teaching Assistant, you will be required to:
- Prepare the classroom for lessons and help to tidy up after activities.
- Create displays of children's work.
- Work with pupils to make sure they understand the work.
- Work with pupils to make sure they stay focussed.
- Motivate and encourage pupils.
- Help children who require extra support.
- Support the teacher in managing challenging behaviour.
- Promote positive behaviour.
- Listen to pupils read.
- Read to pupils and tell them stories.
- Supervise group activities.
- Attend training lessons.
- Keep a record of pupils' progress and provide detailed feedback to teachers.
- Report any issues if they arise.
- Take care of pupils who are upset, unwell or have had an accident. Teaching Assistants can administer first aid if necessary.
- Assist with extra-curricular activities such as breakfast, after-school and homework clubs.
- Attend and assist on classroom outings or sporting events.
- Assist in providing a safe and healthy environment which follows safeguarding procedures.
Teaching Assistant Jobs.
If you're searching for your next career opportunity, why not take a look at all the latest Teaching Assistant jobs available in your area now?
At Spencer Clarke Group, we work with a variety of schools covering a wide geographical area. We offer Teaching Assistant placements at:
- Primary Schools
- Secondary Schools
- Special Education Needs Schools
Why not get in contact with one of our specialists who can advise on current and upcoming opportunities?