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diddlemethis Sat 11-Nov-17 10:27:59


Looking for advice. I have a BA in embroidery design (niche I realise) I am a practicing designer, and I enjoy that, but it is a bit lonesome.

I help at my children’s few paying prep school, I run a club teaching a few some basic embroidery skill,and I enjoy it.

I, for the usual relationship reasons, need to develop a career where I have a regular personal income, this is difficult to achieve with my freelance design work.

I am considering becoming a teaching assistant, ideally in the school my children attend. Would I need to get additional TA qualifications, or would my BA suffice?

Have I got an overly sweet view of what that might be like as a career, given I have only been a parent helper, is there a grim reality?

I realise I should ask the school, but I thought I should pick brains here first, it might be embarrassing for both them and me if the idea is a non starter.

Thank you, also I am 39 if that is relevant.

GinasGirl Sat 11-Nov-17 10:31:26

I'm a TA and have a BA, but I'm still doing the level 3 assisting teaching and learning course.
I started out at the school volunteering and am now covering full time, hoping that when a permanent job comes up the experience plus qualification will put me ahead.

diddlemethis Sat 11-Nov-17 10:53:53

Thank you Gina. Did you attend college or attain your TA qualification online? if that latter could you recommend somewhere? There seem to be a lot of folk offering courses with very different fees.

diddlemethis Sat 11-Nov-17 11:08:44

For example, I am considering this:

Would anyone rate this approach?

GinasGirl Sat 11-Nov-17 11:33:26

I'm doing it online through Stonebridge. It was recommended to be by another TA at school.

GinasGirl Sat 11-Nov-17 11:33:44


GinasGirl Sat 11-Nov-17 11:35:24

I'd also recommend getting a bit of class time and experience under your belt to make sure it's for you before paying for a course.

diddlemethis Sat 11-Nov-17 11:51:29

Thanks for the tip.

I did some workshops with the prep 4s, and now run a weekly club with a mix of prep 6s and 7s.

The kids and I are really enjoying it so far. Long may that last!

Changerofname987654321 Sat 11-Nov-17 16:37:08

What is your If your children’s school does not have any jobs or does not employ parents?

Appuskidu Sat 11-Nov-17 16:47:47

The money is dire and you may never be employed by your child’s school (some schools make a conscious decision not to hire parents) but otherwise, go for it!

Our TAs are a real mix.

Most are over 50 and started as parent helpers years ago-washing paint pots/heading readers etc when their own children were little at the school. None of them have any qualifications beyond a spattering of O Levels. We also have a couple of younger TAs who have degrees and are doing the job for a year or two to gain experience before applying to teacher training. We also have two new TAs who have come via the college doing a level 2 then 3 TA qualification-working with us on a voluntary basis one day a week and then have been offered jobs once they’ve finished the course.

diddlemethis Sat 11-Nov-17 17:09:35

Thanks all.

There are several parent teachers and TA staff, so there isn’t a no parent policy.

It isn’t a LA school, so they are very fortunate to have funds to pay for a great staff/child ratio, and recruit regularly.

Plan is to keep doing the club, and to volunteer for other activities within the school. I will speak to someone at the end of the school year about whether this could happen or not.

Thank you!

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