Hi - first post for me. No children but possibly adoption in future after several unsuccessful IVF's. I am interested in either training to become a teacher or a teaching assistant. I have a degree so would need to do a 1 year PGCE or a teaching assistant course in sep 2019.
I only want to work part time in the future (0.5) in either case. I have some schools experience as I deliver art workshops in a self employed capacity to schools and community groups ( I want to keep this up.) I am really interested in working with children that struggle in school, have additional needs or who find education difficult. I am passionate about helping children have opportunities to learn. I am slightly worried that at 47 I will struggle energy wise with becoming a teacher. Almost everyone I speak to thinks I will find it very stressful working as a primary school teacher and that I am mad to consider it!! I am wondering if any teachers can advise ? If I worked in a 0.5 post - firstly are there many of these jobs available and also will I find myself still working almost full time anyway ? A teaching assistant sounds like a slightly less stressful job - but I am also told schools are not recruiting as many T.A.'s and that this job is not very secure. I do need to find a secure job. I live in a big city and I always see T.A jobs advertised so really unsure what the situation is. Any help greatly appreciated.
Thank you both for your advice. I was concerned that TA jobs are becoming scarce and it sounds as if they are. I wouldn’t want to spend money on a course and training only to find it nearly impossible to find a job. Chingling - I would like to work in a special school. Do you mean train to be a teacher through a school direct placement rather that via a University traditional PGCE ?