Teaching assistant

Teaching assistant

“A teaching assistant supports the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning”

A teaching assistant works in primary, special and secondary education across all age ranges, encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the teaching assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning, either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. In this role, you’ll promote self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem, as they play an integral part to pupils’ well-being. You’ll ensure that pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. You’ll be a good role model, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings, and contribute to planning and class activities. You’ll promote fundamental values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: English and maths

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs, including maths and English, or equivalent qualifications or experience. Disclosure and Barring Service check

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum