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What do you parents/teachers think makes a good Learning Assistant?

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MissHooliesclassmonitor Mon 11-Jan-16 16:41:06

Starting a new job soon and wondered what you think makes a LA really helpful in the classroom, and what I should avoid doing that is a hinder to the pupil.
The pupils I am with have a range of learning abilities. Am worried about hovering over them too much and making them feel spotlighted!!

PolterGoose Mon 11-Jan-16 17:14:52

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Potterwolfie Mon 11-Jan-16 17:25:24

Would you mind me asking about your path to the role? It's something I've been interested in doing for years, and am now in a position to consider retraining, so am looking for advice and info. Thanks, and good luck in your new job!

MissHooliesclassmonitor Mon 11-Jan-16 17:35:19

Thank you PolterGoose, yes it's in secondary education. Your post was really helpful thank you and you made some very valuable points, especially about asking the students themselves.

Potterwolfie - I have been involved with SN adults and children for a long while and been on many courses to keep myself up to speed in my current role. But I needed a change of direction so am starting at the bottom again in this! Have a look at your local schools adverts on their websites which is what I did. I was surprised to get the job but I think even if your don't have the exact qualifications, the school can train you up for that, it seems to me more attitude they are looking for. All the best!

Potterwolfie Mon 11-Jan-16 17:39:25

Thanks MissHoolies, I have lots of primary school voluntary experience in the UK and overseas but would like to focus on secondary, so I think some more volunteering is needed while I research job opportunities. I work for myself part time so can volunteer alongside that.

MissHooliesclassmonitor Mon 11-Jan-16 19:08:51

I'm sure you'll be snapped up Potterwolfie! I wish I'd started at primary level and I maybe wouldn't be quite as daunted going straight to teenagers!!! But I have 3 of my own so I at least am not fazed by too much. It's just making sure I don't patronize them which is what I wanted dos/donts. Good luck smile

popuptent Mon 11-Jan-16 19:40:19

The key to not making them feel "spotlighted" is to hover around other students first and then casually make your move. Some will demand help when they should be learning independence, others won't ask when they desperately need it, others need to be ignored. Expect a full and varied day! You'll soon get the hang of it - it's great!

MissHooliesclassmonitor Mon 11-Jan-16 20:12:18

Thank you popuptent that's another good idea smile start with others first, how long have you been doing it for?

popuptent Mon 11-Jan-16 20:34:13

You can PM me if you like.

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