Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.
- Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom
- Looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons
- Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories
- Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities
- Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children’s work
- Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.
Academic qualifications may be required by some employers, although entry is possible with relevant experience (possibly on a voluntary basis) alone. An NVQ Level 2 qualification is available. CRB clearance is mandatory.
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What could I earn?
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £18,000 per annum and can progress up to £23,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 51,972 employed Teaching Assistants in the region.