How to Become a Teaching Assistant
Thinking of becoming a Teaching Assistant? Perhaps you are a school leaver that wants to move into teaching, or perhaps you’re looking to retrain as a teacher and move careers into teaching and education.
This is a speedy 2 minute read to help you create a plan on becoming a Teaching Assistant.
Some training providers (especially colleges) do ask for you to have GCSE qualifications grade C or above in both English and Maths, however there are providers that will say they do not require any previous qualifications.
Level 3 Teaching Assistants
There are many Level 3 Teaching Assistants courses that training providers offer. Some jobs may differentiate in settings for example Early Years, Primary, SEN and Secondary. Listed below are options of distance learning, on-the-job training and Full Time College learning.
- Level 3 CACHE (College)
- Level 3 Support Teaching & Learning (College)
- Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (Apprenticeship)
- Level 3 Teaching Assistant (Online)
Level 4 – Higher Level Teaching Assistants
With not many Level 3 TA’s going on to complete a Level 4 course HLTA’s (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) are sought after. Schools will often use HTLA’s to cover lessons internally short term. Teaching Assistants will usually complete this course alongside their current position, below are options of college and online training.
How Do I Find a Job as a TA Once I Have Gained These Qualifications?
Once you have gained your Level 3 TA qualification you can start applying Teaching Assistant jobs. There are a couple of routes you can go with this depending on your personal circumstances.
Permanent Teaching Assistant Jobs
If you a looking for a full time role employed directly by a school then it would be best to look on local council website. Schools often post their permanent jobs on TES. You can also use Aspire People to find a permanent Teaching Assistant job.
We know that teaching assistants who do supply work find that this offers flexibility. Whilst being flexible supply TA jobs will also allow you to work in a whole host of schools to build up your experience. Dependent on what you are looking for supply can provide long-term or day to day positions often with options to join the school on a permanent basis at the end. If you feel supply best suits you at the moment take a look at our latest Teaching Assistant jobs.