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Training to become a Teaching Assistant

The job of a teaching assistant can be very rewarding but it is also very hard work and you do have to be prepared to work hard and long hours. Most TA’s only get about ten to twelve thousand pounds a year which is not a huge amount of money compare to the hours they have to work. This wage is often pro rata so they may well still get paid through the holidays.

To become a TA you do not have to have qualifications but most schools do now look for this. You may be able to go straight in to an apprenticeship TA role with the school or you may decide to go to college first and get the qualification you need to allow you to apply straight for a full time position.

As a TA you will be expected to provide support to pupils who may need extra help and to supervise groups or even the whole class for short periods of time where required. You will also need to be wiling to help create displays, prepare worksheets and set up the classroom for tasks. You may also be required to talk to parents or carers and help support them with their child’s education if needed.

Adapting your teaching to be able to cope with isolations

The whole world is going through a very strange time at present and a time like no other. All schools have had to adapt their way of working in order to reduce the risk of Covid to pupils and staff members. Most schools have staggered start and finish times to allow for a constant flow of students rather than an influx all at the same time.

Teaching has had to change as no longer can children learn the way they used to. Much of the teaching should be done outside if possible and equipment ideally limited and not shared with others as much. Teachers also need to think about how they are going to continue to teach students that are self-isolating. They may be doing this due to a family member having the illness or coming in to contact with someone who has the illness. Just because they have self-isolated once doesn’t mean that they won’t have to do it again, potentially meaning they miss out on lots of school work.

Most teachers have set up online portals where they can upload work for children to do at home and then send it back to them. This is not ideal but is certainly better than them missing out entirely.  

What is expected of a head teacher?

The role of a head teacher can vary quite significantly depending on which school they are working in.

A school may be without a permanent head teacher for a time but usually an acting head will be put in place for this duration. In an academy, there may be one head teacher across multiple schools so they may not be permanently based in one place. The job of the head teacher is to provide professional leadership for the school. They need to ensure that the correct procedures and guidelines are being adhered to and manage how the budget is to be effectively spent. When schools return in September, head teachers are going to have a very difficult job of managing the Covid-19 safety procedures that will need to be put in place to try and ensure that pupils and teachers are socially distancing as much as possible.  

Some head teachers also teach classes, this is often the case in smaller schools that cannot afford to have too many additional teachers. The head teacher may be available for cover of a class such as when the teacher has PPA time or to cover sick leave.

How is teaching going to be different if the schools reopen?

With Borris announcing that many of the primary schools will start to open there doors to some pupils from the 1st of June, many teachers are wondering how this is going to work. Schools are going to be expected to socially distance children from each other as much as possible and the whole day is going to run very differently. They will not be able to share equipment and work closely with others like they used to and start and end times are likely to be staggered. They will also do a lot of learning outside and may be split into smaller classes to be taught. It is likely that not all parents will want their children to go back to school when the schools first open so it is going to be difficult for the teachers to know exactly how many children they are going to be catering for.

When it comes to planning it is going to require a lot more time to ensure that social distancing is met but there is still a good educational value for the children. Teachers will want to follow the guidelines but also ensure that children are happy and learning.

How to make maths lessons fun

With most of the UK school children on lockdown, many parents and carers are having to turn their hand to teaching. This is a huge as of people that have no teaching experience and often struggle to get their children to sit still and concentrate like they do at school.

When it comes to maths or any lesson, it is important to try and make it fun. This will help keep the children’s interest and also help them take in what is being taught better.

Maths is one of those subjects that pupils either love or hate and this often comes down to whether they are good at it or not. Maths is a very important subject to do and is one of the main ones that you will use throughout your daily life.

For many students they simply find maths boring and therefore do not want to learn. When teaching younger children, you can often make maths fun by making the tasks more physical. So rather than being sat down working their way through a written task, why not go outside and use hop scotch as a way of counting. This not only gives the children a bit of excitement but will also help them to remember what is being taught.

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