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Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.

Tasks

  • Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom
  • Looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons
  • Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories
  • Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities
  • Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children’s work
  • Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.

Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications may be required by some employers, although entry is possible with relevant experience (possibly on a voluntary basis) alone. An NVQ Level 2 qualification is available. CRB clearance is mandatory.


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What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £18,000 per annum and can progress up to £23,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 51,972 employed Teaching Assistants in the region.

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Coronavirus update

Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/