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For a teaching assistant to work within one of our partner schools they must hold at least a Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification. Although many schools request a Level 3 and above.
To help you make the right decision for you, we’ve put together a guide below which explains the key differences between each of the levels and what this means for you and your career moving forward.
A Level 2 qualification is great for those wanting to dip their top in the teaching assistant career pool. This level wil teach you the basics. Some of the things you’ll learn about during the course will include child welfare, child development and the way to communicate with both children and adults.
Once you’ve completed the course some of the tasks you may be responsible for are:
Providing feedback to teachers on students’ progress and areas of concern
Assisting with lesson planning
As mentioned above, while some settings will acept those with a Level 2 qualification many prefer those with a Level 3 as they are able to provide greater support to the class teacher.
A Level 3 teaching assistant qualification is the most popular qualification and is more in-depth than the Level 2. The good news is that you don’t need to complete a Level 2 in order to do a Level 3 so if you are sure that this is what you’d like to do, then we’d recommend starting here.
On completion of the qualification, you will be responsible for:
Getting the classroom ready before the lesson
Helping teachers plan activities
Listening to the children read or reading stories to them
As a Level 3 teaching assistant you may find yourself working alongside the teacher to support the class as a whole or you may work with school groups of children or even one:one. The type of support needed will be explained to you by your consultant or in the job description the TA role.
To become a HTLA you must be working full-time as a Level 3 TA. As a HTLA you’d be doing all the usual things a teaching assistant would do. However in addition to this these you may also be entrusted with the following tasks:
Teach classes for teachers who are off
Plan and teach your own lessons
To complete the HTLA training you typically need support of the school and the headteacher.
If you are a qualified teaching assistant looking for work in a school near you or you are close to completing your training, then we would love to hear from you. We work with primary, secondary and SEN schools across the West Midlands and are confident that we can find you a role within a school which meets your needs.
Take a look at some of our latest teaching assistant roles here and don’t forget to hit the apply button if you see something that takes your fancy!