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
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).
Our Trafford Park branch is part of one of the most widely-recognised industrial estates in Manchester, as Trafford Park is known for being a historical, industrial powerhouse in the North West. Which comes as no surprise considering the Manchester Ship Canal and Bridgewater Canal run right through it, of which the Salford Quays is found on the other side.
Bustling with industry and growing businesses such as Kellogg’s, Screwfix, and many more, forming nearly one and half thousand businesses in the area, and employing many more. It is a great place to find growing businesses, constant projects and construction jobs, and ongoing renovations and refurbishments.
On top of this, Trafford Park is within five minutes’ drive of The Trafford Centre and Trafford Retail Park and is across the Manchester Ship Canal from Salford Quays. Transport links are therefore abundant, with various buses to and from The Trafford Centre, The Quays, the City Centre, and within Trafford Park itself. Additionally, the M60 Ring Road goes around Trafford, with junctions at Altrincham, Sale, Stretford and Urmston alike, so there is no shortage of fast travel options across Trafford either.