I currently work as a TA in a mixed R/Y1 class in small ruarl school in an affluent area. I have been offered a job in a Y1 class in a school in a deprived area which is more hours (great). But there is something holding me back from accepting it.I spent a morning in teh class. The children seemed odd .The children seemed really subdued and rather surprised when i engaged them in conversatiom.There didn't seem a lot of kindness from the teachers to the individual children even though one was obviosly tired and in pain from a loose tooth. I didn't see ANY bad behaviour at all .Now I know that sounds as though it should be a good thing but.Another thing that was suspicious was the high number of supply teachers and TAs that were in covering sickness.
Not a teacher or TA, but I have two thoughts here - firstly trust your instinct and if it doesn't feel right then don't take it. Second thought however is that just maybe you could go in there and make a difference in a really positive way to these children. Obviously a lot of that depends on how much you have to conform to how it runs now, but if you are one of these people who can show the positives for change and get people on side without causing yourself or others stress then maybe this job came to your attention for a good reason. I guess you know if you are the sort of person to be able to do that, or safer to walk away - for what it's worth I'd be a walk away sort if I was in your shoes.