We have a huge demand for quality school support staff including nursery nurses and teaching assistants.
These can be broken down into:
- EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)/nursery assistant/nurse roles
- General support assistants
- SEND teaching assistant roles based in mainstream schools
- Higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs)
Our school support staff and teaching assistant roles are often a combination of full and part-time roles, and in many cases can start part-time and then progress to full-time.
These positions usually require someone with a minimum Level 2 qualification or equivalent in education or childcare. Examples can include, but are not restricted to, an NNEB, NVQ, Cache or degree.
The working hours for teaching assistant roles vary from school to school, but you would expect to work between 8.30am and 4.30pm in most schools.
What to expect as a teaching assistant
This will vary from post to post and depends on the type of school, but as a basic guide you will be expected to:
- Prepare resources and the classroom for the children, ensuring it is conducive to a good learning environment
- Work on a one-to-one basis with children who require additional needs, whether that be global delay, ASC (an autism spectrum condition), or behavioural difficulties
- Deliver interventions to produce the best possible educational outcomes
- Work closely with the class on phonics, literacy, numeracy and reading
- Ensure the classroom is well managed, behaviour is controlled, and that children are safe
- Run pre-set activities with small groups of children, carry out basic marking and assessment, and feed back to the teacher
- Lead the class when the teacher isn’t in the classroom
- Be the key worker, especially in the EYFS, for a small group of children, responsible for their progress and updating key stakeholders about their attainment and performance in school.
In addition, many teaching assistants who work on a one-to-one basis will be expected to work closely with the class teacher, SENDCO and outside agencies to provide the best possible provision for that child.
General teaching assistants may have to work in one specific class, and support small groups of children.
An HLTA may be expected to deliver interventions in literacy and numeracy and cover PPA (planning, preparation and assessment).
However, ultimately, we will always match you to a role that you feel fits your skill set.
What progression is there?
We invest in a range of free CPD for our support staff and teaching assistants, ensuring that they have access to quality courses to help further their knowledge and careers.
Many support staff we have placed in schools have gone on to study to become an HLTA or teacher, through their placement schools or other training providers.