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    Anyone know anything about Teaching Assistants?

    I was hoping to become a teaching assistant once my little girl starts school in a couple of years. And was wondering if anyone knew how to get into it and what, if any, qualifications I would need. I spoke to my little boys teacher today and have offered to help out in class while my little girl's at nursery as I thought this might help.
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    Hi ,i am a TA,you don't need to have qualifications but it is a plus.Helping out in school id the best way in.

    Helping out at school is the best way first as you may not like being surounded by lots of kids!

    you will have to have a full CRB check, then just help out as much as you can. there are a few that do it in my sons school, some of whom have become TA's

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    bitseylango;3102673

    this is a good site with loadsa details … this is a good site with loadsa details http://careersadvice.direct.gov.uk/helpwithyourcareer/jobprofiles/profiles/profile180/



    Ooo, thanks hun. Will take a look x

    It depends where you live as well, some authorities do require that you hold a formal qualification. Have a look on your local authority website for jobs to see what sort of qualifications they ask for.

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    francescaseaman;3102698

    Hi ,i am a TA,you don't need to have qualifications but it is a … Hi ,i am a TA,you don't need to have qualifications but it is a plus.Helping out in school id the best way in.



    oh, good - may look in to what qualifications might help then:thumbsup:

    mikebike;3102705

    Helping out at school is the best way first as you may not like being … Helping out at school is the best way first as you may not like being surounded by lots of kids!




    Can't think of anything I'd like more:w00t: lmao
    foxymissroxy;3102710

    you will have to have a full CRB check, then just help out as much as you … you will have to have a full CRB check, then just help out as much as you can. there are a few that do it in my sons school, some of whom have become TA's



    That shouldn't be a problem - hope not anyway lmao. Fingers crossed, it will be enough then:thumbsup:

    Hi the school I work that have trainee LSA's at he moment, i don't know all the details but they just do 12 hours a week, get thier :thumbsup:travel and lunch paid for, maybe you could do this if you can work 12 hours, best to phone the school and speak with whoever deals with LSA's usually starts in september though, but then again some may drop outx

    I am a Higher level teaching assistant (H.L.T.A.) in a junior school and i enjoy my job very much. I started like a lot of people by helping out my child's teacher and it moved on from there. Some schools employ a T.A.. to work with just one child perhaps with special needs and some use them in all class rooms.There are lots of courses to go on , ranging from NVQ to a degree course. I would recommend getting some kind of qualification as now a days T.A.s have grades according to experience and qualification. As an H.L.T.A. I am allowed to take a class without a teacher there. The best thing to do is find out what your local education authority expects T.A.s to have. Look in the job papers as well.
    One thing I would also i say is that I am now 55 and have been a T. A for nealy 14 years and I wish that I had taken the plunge and got a teaching degree instead. The pay is so much better and it is too late for me now. I never felt confident enough. However teaching is hard and takes a lot of time especially in training. i feel that I get the best bits without quite so much work..Hope this helps.

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    bellabonkers;3102732

    just a quick google brought up this … just a quick google brought up this course.http://www.study-from-home.co.uk/home/study/course/Child~Care/Teaching~Assistant~Certificate?gclid=CJuvnKWliZYCFRqH1QodyzeCDg&gclid=CJuvnKWliZYCFRqH1QodyzeCDg


    Oh fab, thanks bella - will take a look hun x
    rose_cat_jr;3102734

    It depends where you live as well, some authorities do require that you … It depends where you live as well, some authorities do require that you hold a formal qualification. Have a look on your local authority website for jobs to see what sort of qualifications they ask for.



    will give them a ring tomorrow then and see what they say

    NattyD;3102779

    Hi the school I work that have trainee LSA's at he moment, i don't know … Hi the school I work that have trainee LSA's at he moment, i don't know all the details but they just do 12 hours a week, get thier :thumbsup:travel and lunch paid for, maybe you could do this if you can work 12 hours, best to phone the school and speak with whoever deals with LSA's usually starts in september though, but then again some may drop outx



    That could be good, 12 hours would be ideal to start with at least, thanks hun

    bookmad1953;3102826

    I am a Higher level teaching assistant (H.L.T.A.) in a junior school and … I am a Higher level teaching assistant (H.L.T.A.) in a junior school and i enjoy my job very much. I started like a lot of people by helping out my child's teacher and it moved on from there. Some schools employ a T.A.. to work with just one child perhaps with special needs and some use them in all class rooms.There are lots of courses to go on , ranging from NVQ to a degree course. I would recommend getting some kind of qualification as now a days T.A.s have grades according to experience and qualification. As an H.L.T.A. I am allowed to take a class without a teacher there. The best thing to do is find out what your local education authority expects T.A.s to have. Look in the job papers as well. One thing I would also i say is that I am now 55 and have been a T. A for nealy 14 years and I wish that I had taken the plunge and got a teaching degree instead. The pay is so much better and it is too late for me now. I never felt confident enough. However teaching is hard and takes a lot of time especially in training. i feel that I get the best bits without quite so much work..Hope this helps.



    Thanks soo much for this info, I'm really quite excited now. Good to hear you love the job, I love kids too, sounds like just my cup of tea:thumbsup:


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    From what I know from a professional source I think the best thing is as you stated; start by helping out at your child's school if possible, it can be hard demanding work for carp pay! If money is not an important factor and you enjoy working with children then fine, otherwise you may find yourself in the wrong job for a number of reasons!

    I wish you the best of luck and respect you for your initiative. :thumbsup:

    I line manage Teaching Assistants at a comprehensive school. We don't ask for formal qualifications at all but those without would start at a lower level than those who are qualified. There are Levels up to level IIII depending upon experience and qualifications.
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