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Moving on from being a teaching assistant

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minimammy Mon 14-May-18 20:16:34

I'm wondering if this is a good place to ask this. Im a very experienced teaching assistant. I've worked for 20+ years in my role throughout a primary school.
As my children are a little older now I'm feeling the frustration of lack of room from growth. There isn't the money to train to be HLTA, nor a role.
I've taken on lots of extra responsibilities to develop within my job, unfortunately now I feel it could be time to move on.
My point is, what are my skills relevant to in the world of work after so long?
Have others moved on, what into?
Thank you in advance.

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minimammy Tue 15-May-18 10:22:15


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scurryfunge Tue 15-May-18 10:25:58

Teaching? Do you have a degree? Is a PGCE an option or another route into teaching. Private schools will take unqualified teachers ( not the top ones though).

PurpleDaisies Tue 15-May-18 20:11:04

Have you thought about moving into specialist provision? PRU, SEN etc? A change could be what you need.

What qualifications have you got? You’d havd no trouble getting on a pgce if you’ve got a degree (and want to do it!).

MaybeDoctor Tue 15-May-18 20:22:50

Social care?
Youth work?

Appuskidu Wed 16-May-18 18:51:43

My old TA left and went to work in a charity shop-she doubled her salary.

TAs are paid abysmally. They are all being got rid of in my local schools due to budget cuts as well-it’s just awful.

Teaandbiscuits35 Sun 20-May-18 20:38:10

Would you study again? I'm in a similar situation, 15 years TA, fed up and disheartened with the amount of work for such little money. I've decided to do a teaching degree. This might be an option for you.

user546425732 Tue 29-May-18 19:01:18

@Teaandbiscuits35 are you doing primary or secondary?
I'm torn between older primary or Secondary English but I think primary will be my final choice.

Teaandbiscuits35 Tue 29-May-18 19:42:19

I'm doing primary, I'm not cut out for secondary! I struggle with my own teenager 😂
English is a good specialism
Have you looked at entry exams? I'm currently studying for my science equivalency. Not fun.

user546425732 Tue 29-May-18 20:53:20

I think I'll stick with primary - that's a good point about your own teenager. I have spent 5 months trying to get mine to tidy their bedroom so I'd be useless in the classroom.

I thankfully don't need to do the science equivalent, I think that plus the maths skills test would push me over the edge!

Teaandbiscuits35 Tue 29-May-18 21:48:00

Ha ha! The joys of parenting.
Bloody entry tests! We have to remember this is all to make our lives better.

user546425732 Tue 29-May-18 21:51:29

Fuck the tests, I got 67% on the practice yesterday and 53% tonight. I'm never going to do this.

Scabetty Tue 29-May-18 21:59:05

What about a counselling course? HLTA in my school is doing her level 3 as she is used as a teacher most days.

user546425732 Tue 29-May-18 22:15:45

Round here three schools that I know of are making TAs redundant - two left where I work at Easter as they were made redundant at Xmas. I need to do teaching because it's all I know but this maths test will be the death of me.

Teaandbiscuits35 Wed 30-May-18 09:42:49

The day before my actual tests I failed the maths one for the first time. I passed them both on the day. I think 60% or thereabouts is the pass rate so sounds like you're doing fine. Keep practicing and I'm sure you'll be fine.
I agree though, such a pain in the arse. All of this to get on a course that is costing me £10k a year for the next three years!
Also agree that TA jobs are dying, it really is time to leave the job.

WilburIsSomePig Tue 05-Jun-18 18:52:21

Are there any Cover Supervisor jobs locally? Pay is still pretty shit but lots of variety!

Caaarrrl Sat 09-Jun-18 19:34:42

TAs are being cut all over the place where I live. I was a TA, now teacher and I really value my TA when I actually have her. Only for part of the mornings though. No TA in afternoons.

For those of you taking the skills tests, if I can pass the maths one then anyone can. I don't believe that there is any way other than training yourself to work the questions out in a certain way. Look at youtube for GAnumerical (IIRC). He goes through eahch question within the time limit and show syou how to work it out. It helped me no end. I also subscribed to Numeracy ready. I think it was about £20 for 3 months. I passed first time despite being completely convinced that I would fail and being physically terrified of the test.

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