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Teaching assistant Jobs in Milton Keynes

Teaching assistant Jobs in Milton Keynes

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).

​A rapidly growing town in England’s south, notorious for its unorthodox urban planning, Milton Keynes is a staple town in Buckinghamshire. With lots to offer for residents and tourists alike, you are never short of entertainment options in the area. With the large indoor skiing and snowboarding slope Snozone, or the famed Gulliver’s Travels Theme Park, or more natural and scenic activities such as Willen Lake and Bletchley Park, there are countless attractions and possible day’s out in the area.

Travel in and around the town is made easy as well due to the location of Milton Keynes; it works as somewhat of a halfway point between London and Birmingham. For this reason, the M1 runs right alongside the town, as do many major roads such as the A5 and A421. There are also various train stations around the town, including Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central and Wolverton all being in or on the outskirts of the town. There is also Luton Airport in the neighbouring town of Luton, meaning more elaborate travel around the area is also easily feasible.

The combination of its rapid growth, plentiful travel options, and plethora of entertainment options means Milton Keynes is both a great place to live and work.

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