Teaching assistants provide support to those children who need it most, as well as taking some of the burden from classroom teachers. The work they do can positively effect learning within the classroom, their roles have developed over the years as the shortage of teachers has increased, so too as the pressure to maintain standards in overcrowded classrooms. Here’s a summary of expectations for a TA at level 3.
Purpose of the Role
To work with teachers to support teaching and learning, providing specialist support to the teacher in an aspect of the curriculum, age range or additional needs.
- Provide learning activities for individuals and groups of pupils under the professional direction and supervision of a qualified teacher, differentiating and adapting learning programmes to suit the needs of allocated pupils.
- Assess, record and report on development, progress and attainment as agreed with the teacher.
- Monitor and record pupil responses and learning achievements, drawing any problems which cannot be resolved to the attention of the teacher.
- Plan and evaluate specialist learning activities with the teacher, writing reports and records as required.
- Select and adapt appropriate resources/methods to facilitate agreed learning activities.
- Support pupils in social and emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate.
Teaching Assistants in this role may also undertake some or all of the following:
- Establish and maintain relationships with families, carers and other adults, e.g. speech therapists.
- Provide short term cover supervision of classes.
- Supervise the work of other support staff/trainees.
- Be responsible for the preparation, maintenance and control of stocks of materials and resources.
- Invigilate exams and tests.
- Escort and supervise pupils on educational and out of school activities.
- Guide and support pupils in their personal, emotional and social development
- Prepare and present displays.
- Supervise individuals and groups of pupils throughout the day, including supervision in the classroom, playground and dining areas.
- Assist pupils with eating, dressing and hygiene, as required, whilst encouraging independence.
- Be involved in planning, organising and implementing individual development plans for pupils (such as individual educational plans), including attendance at, and contribution to, reviews.
- Work with pupils not working to the normal timetable.