Teaching Assistant - Education and Training - Surrey

Surrey, UK
20 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The number of teaching assistants (TAs) working in schools in England has trebled over the past ten years or so, and they play a vital part in primary-school children's learning.

But, what does the job involve and how can you help children succeed at school?

TAs have two main roles:
  • Supporting children's learning, and
  • Supporting the class teacher

And, in primary schools duties may include:
  • Setting up equipment and helping prepare the classroom for lessons, tidying up and helping with displays
  • Providing support to children who need help with their work
  • Helping pupils develop independent learning skills
  • Providing one-to-one and small group support to children who need it
  • Listening to children read
  • Helping the teacher with marking and record-keeping
  • Helping with school trips, events and outings

Some TAs may have a specific area of responsibility: for example, to help children with literacy or numeracy, to teach a foreign language, or to work with pupils who have special educational needs.

A couple of things you need to know:

A TA would have good organisational skills, decent standards of literacy and numeracy, and a caring nature. They will also usually have had experience working with children, although not necessarily in a school environment. And, the work would involve:
  • Working 5 days a week with mainstream and/or Special Education Needs (SEN) pupils
  • Teamwork - hugely important
  • Graduates and non Graduates are welcome -it is about experience and competency levels of reading and writing that will be of value
  • A caring and compassionate character is essential

You will need to:
  • Be eligible to work in the UK
  • Have your National Insurance number
  • Provide recent and relevant references
  • Have a valid DBS/police check (if you do not possess a current DBS you will need to apply)

Interested in Applying?

Apply now or contact Judith Oakley at Academics Ltd on or email

Candidates registering with Academics Ltd will need to have or apply for an Enhanced DBS and/or overseas police check where appropriate.

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