A question about Teaching Assistants

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LudvigVonBeatles Tue 05-Nov-13 08:21:21

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LIZS Tue 05-Nov-13 08:24:43

TAs don't need to be qualified but in practice many will have a NVQ/CACHE diploma Level 2 or higher or be teachers who have changed role They can teach pre planned sessions and cover ppa time but are primarily a support role in the classroom with the teacher. Not all teachers will have one especially beyond KS1 and even then they may be part time.

LudvigVonBeatles Tue 05-Nov-13 08:35:47

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LIZS Tue 05-Nov-13 08:45:22

They often might be but they don't have to be. There are sometimes parent volunteers in the classroom too, unpaid and unqualified. I'm not sure in practice it differs much in UK , certainly not in Independent sector.

MadeOfStarDust Tue 05-Nov-13 08:48:06

our school is gradually doing away with TAs - we are down to one in each reception class and one who supports the whole of KS1. For a school with 400 pupils and classes of 30.... the ones who are there were mums who did their training in situ.. and are now qualified..

LittleSiouxieSue Tue 05-Nov-13 14:11:56

Many schools employ TAs to help classes with special needs children which is why there may be variations from class to class and school to school. Budgets will determine how much TA time can be afforded and Headteachers will decide on the deployment of the TAs to meet the needs of the children. Many schools will expect TAs to be qualified but independent schools can employ unqualified teachers and TAs. This is less likely in a state school. Parents also offer assistance and are not necessarily qualified and their presence varies greatly from school to school. Classroom admin seems a waste of TA time though.

LaQueenOfTheDamned Fri 08-Nov-13 14:39:35

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