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Teaching assistant Jobs in Birmingham

Teaching assistant Jobs in Birmingham

Job Overview

Teaching assistants support children with their learning activities in the classroom. They work closely with teachers to make sure pupils enjoy learning in a safe and caring setting.

The Skills Required

As a teaching assistant you will need:

  • experience of working with children
  • the ability to build good relationships with children, teachers, parents and carers
  • a basic understanding of how children develop and learn
  • flexibility and creativity
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • good reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • patience and a sense of humour
  • the ability to manage groups of children and cope with challenging behaviour

 

Qualifications

Individual schools set their own entry requirements and decide which qualifications and experience they want.

Previous qualifications in nursery work, childcare, playwork or youth work can be useful for finding work. If you have enough experience of working with children or can show employers that you have the right personality and potential, they may take you on and train you on the job. Volunteering to help in a local school for a few hours a week is a good way to start.

The following qualifications are also available for those not yet employed in the role, and for those just new to the job, whether paid or volunteering:

  • Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Most paid jobs will require you to have qualifications in literacy and numeracy at GCSE or equivalent.

Before you can begin working with the children, the school will carry out enhanced background checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

​The staple city of the English Midlands, Birmingham has some of the most iconic attractions outside of London. These include the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Cadbury’s World, British Motor Museum, and Electric Cinema. These unique and must-see attractions are unique to Birmingham, and barely even scratch the surface on how many places there are to visit around the City.

The thriving city is a great place to go to work and go through education, as the city has an impressive four universities, a thriving economy, and a large amount of successful businesses. Birmingham also has one of the youngest average populations in the whole of Europe, showing young people are attracted to work in the city, as it yields so much potential, with businesses, tourism, education, nightlife, and is an overall complete city.

To top all this off, Birmingham is located in the Midlands, in a very central location in England, and is therefore a hub for travel between the North and South. The M1 goes past Birmingham to the east, whilst the M6 goes right through Birmingham, allowing travel from north to south and vice versa. It also unsurprisingly has good railway networks, with three train stations, and also its own airport.

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