Teaching Assistant

Teaching Personnel
Leeds, UK
15 Aug 2019
28 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The challenging and varied role of a Teaching Assistant is ideal for anyone hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of children and step in to the education sector.

As a Teaching Assistant, your role may vary from day to day, and can include 1:1 support for pupils with Special Education Needs, delivering Maths and English booster sessions for small groups or general classroom duties, assisting the teacher in setting up activities and general admin tasks.

Job titles vary and you may also be known as a:

Learning Support Assistant
1:1 SEN Support worker
SEN Specialist
Behaviour Mentor
GTA / General Teaching Assistant
Classroom Assistant
HLTA / Higher Level Teaching AssistantWhat will a working day look like?

Your duties will depend on your experience, training and TA status. Generally, your duties may include (but not be limited to)

Delivering tailored teaching activities to pupils on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups
Ensuring that the pupils you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity
Supporting the social and emotional development of pupils, reporting any issues when required
Supporting the teacher in managing challenging pupil behaviour and promoting positive behaviour
Listening to pupils read and read to pupils as a class, group or one-to-one
Helping with the planning of some lessons
Carrying out administrative duties, such as preparing classroom resources
Creating art displays of pupils' artwork
With experience, you might be able to take on a specialism such as literacy, numeracy or SENSalary

Working as a Teaching Assistant through Teaching Personnel, you will receive a daily rate, which will be paid weekly
The daily rate will vary between £57 and £70, depending on your level of experience and the demands or the role


Although entry routes into Teaching Assistant roles are varied, you'll usually need a combination of relevant experience and qualifications.

Typically, employers seek one of the following:

BA Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion
BA Early Childhood Studies
BA Education Studies
CACHE Level 2 / 3 Teaching Assistant
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Level 2 / 3 ChildcareTo work with children, young people and vulnerable groups, you will need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


You'll need to show:

good communication and listening skills
the ability to build and maintain rapport with adults and children
calmness under pressure and when dealing with challenging or confrontational behaviour
flexibility and adaptability
You may also need relevant language skills depending on the service users and communities you supportWork experience

You'll need relevant work experience with children in an Educational setting. This can be either in a paid or voluntary capacity. You may also be able to find experience in:

children's homes
family community centres
nurseries and schoolsFor more information, or to discuss Teaching Assistant roles in your area, please call the Leeds and Wakefield Primary Branch and send your up to date CV.

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay.

Teaching Personnel is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Full assistance provided.

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