How to become a Teaching Assistant

Do you enjoy being with children and young people? Do you like to see them progress and learn new things? Want to work in a school but don't want to teach? A job as a teaching or classroom assistant could be just what you're looking for.

You could work in a primary or secondary school. The job is really varied and you need to be adaptable. You could be working with special needs pupils to give them the extra support they need or generally helping out with classroom activities: setting up the room, helping with task set by the teacher.

If you think you've got what it takes for this challenging and rewarding job then you'll need to make sure that you've got the right qualification. Our NVQ/SVQ for Teaching and classroom assistants covers all the essential skills and knowledge that you need. 

Teaching Assistant Courses

If you like to help in classrooms and provide effective support for learning activities then our teaching assistant qualifications could be for you:

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Teaching Assistant Apprenticeships

You can also learn while you earn with a Teaching apprenticeship.

 

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page, or on the right hand column of individual qualifications pages).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Classroom based, supporting learners and teachers.

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Who you could work for:
Schools, colleges, training providers.

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Likely hours:
Typically 8-4 and generally during term time only.

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Earning power*:
Usually Classroom Assistants work part time, where the pay is usually £9,000 – £10,000. However, a more senior position could pay around £20,000 to £25,000 with the relevant experience and qualifications. 

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Perfect for you if you are:
Patient, committed to helping others learn, interested in becoming a teacher, have excellent reading, writing, numeracy and listening skills.

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You could even go on to:
Teaching or college or school management

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

Apprenticeships at City and Guilds

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