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).
Woburn Sands is a small town and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes, England, and part of the Milton Keynes urban area. It is south-east of Milton Keynes proper, near Wavendon. The boundary of the Borough with Bedfordshire is also that with the neighbouring parishes of Aspley Guise and Aspley Heath (in Central Bedfordshire); together the three settlements are a contiguous built-up area. Not all of Woburn Sands built-up area is in the civil parish which has its name: the meandering boundary between Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire means the Primary and Middle Schools named after the town are both across the border in Aspley Guise. At the 2011 Census, the population of the civil parish (only) was 2,916, that of the built-up area (including much of Aspley Guise) was 5,959. The town is served by Woburn Sands railway station which co-serves the near end of Wavendon which, unlike Wavendon Gate, is separated by fields from Milton Keynes. The station is on the Marston Vale line, three closely placed stops east of a main line junction station.