Do you think you have what it takes to work in an educational setting? Do you enjoy working with children both individually and in small groups? Do you thrive in a work environment that is different every day?
If so, becoming a teaching assistant may be the right career path for you.
Teaching assistants work alongside teachers to support children in their development. Whether it’s just small amounts of help with a topic a child is struggling with, or whether a child has learning difficulties that require large amounts of one-to-one tuition, the responsibilities a teaching assistant has are varied and important to the development of children. There are many different names for a teaching assistant, they are often referred to as classroom assistants or sometimes learning support assistants.
The type of work you will be doing in a school setting differs depending on the age group of the children you are working with. In a primary setting, your duties are likely to include helping children with basic reading and numeracy skills, working in small groups. You may also be expected to help with arts and crafts, wall displays and also help to set up the classroom before lessons.
If you are working in a secondary school, you are more likely to be assigned to a single student, often one who has barriers to learning. They may require constant support in each of their classes, or they may require physical support with regards to getting between classes or carrying their equipment.
NCC Home Learning offers a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Diploma to benefit those who are working as, or looking to find work as a teaching assistant in either a primary or secondary education environment. Optional modules will allow you to develop your skills regarding working with children with special educational needs or disabilities, which can be advantageous when looking for a job.
We are offering you the opportunity to try this course completely free of charge, by providing you with a sample of module 7: “Support a Child with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs”. This sample demonstrates the way information is presented on the course, alongside the types of questions you will be asked to complete that assess your knowledge and understanding of the material studied.
You don’t need any existing qualifications or knowledge to study our Level 3 course, as long as you have an interest in working in the education sector and helping children with their development. It is necessary, however, that you do hold some skills. You should be patient, confident and able to form working relationships with students, staff and parents alike. You should be able to deal with difficult situations and behaviour, and be able to conduct yourself with professionalism at all times. With regards to qualifications, you should have good literacy and numeracy skills. Having a good knowledge of ICT or even of a second language will be beneficial, as many schools offer these as supplementary subjects on their curriculum. All of the above will be attractive to employers and give you the greatest chance of being employed.
NCC are offering you the opportunity to try our Teaching Assistant courses online for free, by providing a sample module that you can access for a month, completely free of charge. To get access to this free Teaching Assistant Diploma module, please click the button below.