One of the most appealing aspects of becoming a teaching assistant is the day-to-day variation. Teaching assistants have a long list of responsibilities and must adapt to the often frantic and dynamic environment that is a school.
So what exactly does a teaching assistant do? In this article, we take a closer look at the various responsibilities of a teaching assistant, including what they are, why they’re important and what skills are required to perform them successfully.
Getting the classroom ready for lessons
The work begins before the pupils arrive. Teaching assistants must make sure that the classroom is tidy, workspaces are clear and all the resources needed for the coming lesson are available.
Getting the classroom ready requires you to use your initiative and be organised. Teaching assistants should get to the classroom early and be ready to start this task as soon as they arrive.
Supporting children with their tasks
One of the key roles of a teaching assistant is to help pupils with their work when the teacher is occupied. You must keep an eye out for pupils seeking help and listen to their needs. It is also important to communicate with them in a clear and encouraging manner.
Helping teachers to plan lessons and complete records
It’s not just the pupils that need support. Teaching assistants will need to help the teacher plan the activities for each lesson and help with other administrative tasks. This will require you to be a team player and maintain a good working relationship with the teacher. You’ll also need to be able to think outside the box so that you can bring a fresh perspective when lesson planning.
Supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
Misbehaviour occurs in every school, and sometimes the teacher will need some support to maintain order in the classroom. You must be able to be firm but fair when dealing with misbehaving children. You’ll need to understand how to reprimand students to correct their behaviour.
Helping with outings and sports events
Extra supervision is required for events outside of the classroom. You’ll be responsible for keeping an eye on pupils, keeping a headcount and ensuring people are safe. You’ll need to have a keen sense of focus and organisation to ensure all events run smoothly and everyone returns safely.
How do I become a teaching assistant?
Do you think you have what it takes to become a teaching assistant? Then get qualified with CTC Training. We offer six training courses for learners wishing to get into or move up in a teaching assistant role.
If you’re looking to start your journey to becoming a teaching assistant, you’ll want to start with the Level 2 qualification. At CTC Training, you can earn the following:
This qualification is designed for learners working or seeking employment in a school environment.
This qualification helps to develop professional skills in preparation for a job as a teaching assistant.
The above qualifications and more can be completed at your own pace with CTC Training. Simply enrol on a course and you’ll gain access to our 24/7 student portal, where you can view course content and upload assessments at your leisure. You’ll also be assigned a named tutor who will help you when you need it.
Enrol on a teaching assistant course today or contact our team for more information.
Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools (RQF)
Designed for learners working or seeking employment in a school environment.
Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STALIS / STLS)
Helping to develop professional skills in preparation for a job as a teaching assistant.