There are thousands of teachers across the country who will tell you how much harder their role would be if it wasn’t for the professional support and skills of the classroom teaching assistant.
The role of the TA has changed beyond recognition in recent years, with the modern role of the teaching assistant seen as a skilled specialist in the classroom.
Qualified TAs are highly sought after in schools and colleges so what do you need to become to a teaching assistant today?
Gone are the days when it about tidying away the glue and the glitter. The modern TA can have a whole host of responsibilities and specialist skills.
They can work with students who are challenged by difficulties with speech and emotional development.
They too can be the people with the skills to manage challenging behaviour in a way that allows everyone to access learning in the classroom.
Among the many daily responsibilities in the classroom, they may also provide valuable social support outside of the classroom such as during lunch breaks or on trips.
The realities of being a TA
There are many realities to being a TA that some may not mention – the student who feels singled out by having a TA work with them or managing behaviour that is both challenging and complex.
There are different levels applied to both TA work and TA qualifications. A Higher Level TA sometimes referred to as an HLTA, may coordinate cover for lessons when teaching colleagues are absent and deliver cover lessons too.
HLTAs will normally hold a higher level qualification. Other levels of qualifications will still see TAs acquire specialist and much-needed classroom skills, an array of which are covered as part of online teaching assistant courses from NCC Home Learning.
Why not become a specialist and skilled TA, offering an enriched learning experience for students?