Learning support/teaching assistants (classroom assistants in Scotland) support teachers in schools. They help the teacher by:
• getting things ready for lessons
In secondary schools, teaching assistants are more likely to work with individual or small groups of children who have special educational needs.
Teaching assistants are employed to work school hours, term-time only, although they may sometimes have to attend at other times for training. Many work part time. They work on the school premises, in classrooms, dining areas and playgrounds. They sometimes accompany children on school trips.
New teaching assistants start on £10,000 a year, and can earn
up to £14,000.
• enjoy working with children
Teaching assistants work throughout the UK in early years and primary
education, in mainstream secondary schools and in special schools. They
can also work in independent schools. The number of teaching assistants
is growing very quickly and there are currently around 150,000 in the
There are a number of training opportunities and qualifications available