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Teaching assistant Jobs in Exeter

Teaching assistant Jobs in Exeter

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).

​This beautiful southern city on the south-west peninsular of England borders the coast of the English Channel, and has a wealth of options which make it a great place to live and work. Located in the county of Devon, Exeter is one of the many tourist hotspots in the area. Exeter Cathedral, Powderham Castle and the Underground Passages are some of the many things to do in the city. Being a coastal city, and based on the River Exe, various water-sporting activities are also offered, as a more unique and fun experience.

The M5 continues to run down into the South-West of England, past Exeter, providing a solid means of transport in the seemingly more isolated area. In addition to the M5, a succession of A-roads sprawl out around Exeter, connecting the city with other areas, such as Plymouth, accessible using the A38, or Barnstaple using the A377. Exeter also has multiple train stations, with Exeter St James, Exeter Central and Polsloe Bridge to name but a few. Exeter Airport also lies just eastward of the city, providing additional travel options both for Exeter and the surrounding towns and cities.

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