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Teaching Assistant

As a Teaching Assistant your role would be to support the teachers and help children with their educational and social development, both in and out of the classroom.

It could more specifically involve directly supporting children with particular needs, working with them individually or in small group.

Special Needs Assistants: Special needs teaching assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties. To be a special needs teaching assistant you will need to be patient, and firm when necessary. You must also be willing to help with children's personal needs.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Preparing the classroom ready for lessons
  • Supporting pupils with any work, learning difficulties or disabilities they may have
  • Listening to children read and reading to them
  • Helping teachers to plan learning activities and lessons
  • Help complete any records or reviews
  • Supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
  • Supervising group activities and contributing to observations
  • Clearing away materials and equipment after lessons. Ensuring the class is ready for the following lesson
  • Carrying out administrative tasks such as photocopying, ordering and filing
  • Helping with out of school activities, sports events and extra-curricular club
  • Consoling any children who are upset or have had accidents
  • Helping pupils in practical lessons and aid interaction

At least two of the following Qualifications are required:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Post Graduate Degree/Certificate in Education
  • Level 3 Award/Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in School

As a TA you will need:

  • Experience with working with Children
  • A basic understanding of how children progress and learn
  • Good reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • The ability to manage groups of children and cope with challenging behaviour
  • To be flexible and creative
  • Have patience and a good sense of humour
  • The ability to work as part of a team


I just wanted to write this letter to say thank you for giving me the confidence and opportunity to go back into teaching. Having not activley taught for four years after taking maternity leave I wasn't sure if I would be confident enough to go back especially with the introdution of the new primary frameworks and interactive whiteboards. However,the schools you placed me with were really supportive and the encouragement you gave soon got my confidence back and after the first few assignments I felt like I had never been away. I have enjoyed all of my assignments.I really appreciated the time you took to listen about the age range I wanted to work with,that I only wanted to start by doing two days a week and that I did not want to travel too far from home. I would most definitely recommend working for Link Education not only because as employers I thought you were very professional and friendly,but also for schools looking to employ agency staff I think you would do the utmost to ensure you had the most suitable person available.

Link Education Teacher, Essex
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