How to Become a Teaching Assistant
A teaching assistant’s job is all about making a difference to your learners on a daily basis. A teaching assistant is also known as a TA, Classroom Assistant or teacher’s aide and the role is to provide support and assistance to a fully qualified teacher, making sure students are given all the help they need to get the most out of their education.
Becoming a qualified teaching assistant is a great achievement and it creates room for more opportunities for career progression. To be successful in this position, you need to have a passion for working with children and have a genuine interest in education. Exceptional communication skills are a must with an approachable nature, flexibility, reading, writing and listening skills with a passion for teaching young minds.
What qualification do I need to become a Teaching Assistant?
Nowadays, online qualifications are the new norm in the education industry. Online learning teaching assistant courses are acceptable everywhere. Click here to read about our tutor’s views on online training and learning.
Online teaching assistant training courses can provide you with a range of knowledge and skills. It also helps demonstrate to potential employers that you possess the competence and dedication to succeed in your career as a classroom teaching assistant. It in turn boosts your confidence.
The most useful qualifications to a potential Teaching Assistant will generally include some form of work placement, allowing you to practice as you learn. Here are a few qualifications that can help you towards becoming a teaching assistant:
- Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 4 Certificate in Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Career Pathway into Teaching Without a Degree
There are three paths/ levels of experience within the TA role. The salary expectations vary between schools. As a Level 1 teaching assistant you will most likely be responsible for helping the teacher prepare for the lesson, encourage children and motivate them to work and also work with them on certain learning needs, as and when required. Level 2 will add to your responsibilities as you progress on working more frequently with learners, work closely with special education needs and also those learners who do not have English as their first language.
Moreover, at Level 3 you may also work as a cover supervisor to cover certain lessons.
Expected salaries of teaching assistants at all 3 levels (permanent) are:
- Level 1 Teaching Assistant: £16,536 - £17,204 a year
- Level 2 Teaching Assistant: £19,312 - £20,092 a year
- Level 3 Teaching Assistant: £20,493 - £25,481 a year
You can also work as a private tutor, an examinations officer or somewhere in educational research if you have the Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications. Furthermore, if you wish to teach older children / young adults then you might need a qualification such as the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which can lead to QTLS membership with the Society for Education and Training. This will allow you to teach anyone over the age of 16, in various schools, colleges, universities and private training providers across the UK and abroad.
With the right skills and knowledge, you can continue to progress within your sector and complete learning at your pace. You can always schedule a call with one of our Tutors to decide which route is the best for you. To book a slot, email us at [email protected]