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Teaching assistant Jobs in Wakefield

Teaching assistant Jobs in Wakefield

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 city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, is one of many of Yorkshire’s cities that boasts some of the most stunning and classical architectural history England has to offer. Buildings such as The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield Cathedral and Sandal Castle are all stand alone attractions, not to mention the unmissable scenery in the area, notably Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Nostell Priory and Parkland. Wakefield truly is a place with endless activities and beautiful locations.

Despite sounding like an undiscovered paradise, Wakefield actually lies in the heart of England, not far from Leeds. For this reason, Wakefield has the M1 running alongside the western side of the city, and to the east, various A-roads such as the A61 and A650. As an additional means of transport, Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate train stations offer the option of train transport around the area and further afield. Leeds Airport is also only around 20 miles away from Wakefield, allowing an accessible option for flights from within the area.

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