Working as a Teaching Assistant can lead to a new career

Working as a Teaching Assistant can lead to a new career

Emily Richardson (pictured above) started off as a Teaching Assistant and is now a Instructor of Mathematics at Giles Academy. She said “I have always wanted to work with young people, so when the opportunity of becoming a Teaching Assistant became available, I grasped it and it’s the best decision I have ever made. Becoming a Teaching Assistant has allowed me to be immersed in many different learning environments, where I have been able work with a variety of students of all abilities, supporting them academically and at times emotionally through all of the highs and the lows of their journey throughout secondary school. As I became more experienced, I gained additional responsibilities, which gave me a taste of what delivering a lesson could be like. Working closely with teachers, I have been able to observe their practices and various teaching styles, which has been invaluable in developing my own teaching style and confidence. The skills that I have developed as a Teaching Assistant along with the support of the Trust have given me the encouragement to take the next step and pursue a rewarding career in teaching.”

We have Teaching Assistants at the school with staff who have joined after Sixth Form, currently studying or want to fit in a job around the personal commitments. There is no typical Teaching Assistant, but they all share one thing in common and that is they all find it rewarding to help students.

Working in the SEN team, you will provide additional support in the classroom for students and have the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activities at the school. It could become a springboard to a career working in the school such as it did for Emily. Many Teaching Assistants also progress into pastoral roles and we will help support staff in the career progression.

We know that it is important that staff work in a supportive and pleasant learning environment. Our students are polite and well-behaved plus the teachers in the classroom are supported with exceptional pastoral care.

The latest Ofsted reports for schools in our Trust highlighted that the school is calm and orderly, learning is rarely disrupted, students feel safe, staff are proud to work at the school, students with SEND receive the right level of support and the provision for SEND is of a high quality. These are some of the many reasons why Teaching Assistants choose to come and work at the schools in our Trust.

The actual pay for a full-time Teaching Assistant is £19,505 to £20,081 per annum (actual). In addition to this, there is a SLAT Teaching Assistant Responsibility allowance (TAR) of between £500 and £2,000, which may be offered to suitable candidates.

Working 32.5 hours week your normal working hours will be 8.30am to 3.30pm and the job is term time only for 39 weeks a year. We would also consider part-time candidates working 3-4 days a week.

We are currently looking for new Teaching Assistants to join the schools in our Trust from September 2024.

No formal qualifications are required and for the appropriate candidates full training will be given. We do however, prefer a minimum grade C in GCSE English, Maths and Science.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Teaching Assistant, please contact:

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