What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Teaching Assistant (TA) in Oxford:
"Run Breakfast Club, Cover teachers when planning."
Make sure you have a teaching assistant qualification before applying for jobs in school. Most schools require this.
Teaching Assistant (TA) in Romford:
"The Work Was Extremely Rewarding."
The work is a can be extremely satisfying. As long as your colleagues and senior management have the children's welfare put first. Constant support emotionally and academically is essential. Patience and care makes a world of difference to the children.
Organizing and preparing daily resources. Personal pupil information and records updated daily. Ability to interact with parent/carers. Ability to cover class. Staying calm in stressful situations.
Teaching Assistant (TA) in Birmingham:
Work well with other teacher assistant's as often. You will find teachers do not appreciate you as they say they do. In senior school you are often there for the behavior. Make sure the teachers give you a scheme of work where you can prepare for the upcoming lessons rather than last minute.
Teaching Assistant (TA) in Leicester:
"Stressful. You must be aware of being used."
Be strong don't get used by the school without recognizing your skill and being paid a decent salary