Support in the classroom is vital, for pupils and teachers alike. Support roles are essential for primary school learning and are key to helping develop a child’s education. Being a Teaching Assistant in Bedfordshire is a rewarding career move and you will play a pivotal role in a child’s academic journey. But why do you keep seeing vacancies for a Learning Support Assistant in Bedfordshire? Are Teaching Assistant roles and Learning Support Assistant roles the same thing? Do I need different qualifications?
Let’s take a look!
Firstly, you will be glad to hear the differences between the two are very subtle. Both roles require clear communication, enthusiasm, dedication and a decent level of English and Maths.
Looking to be a Teaching Assistant in Bedfordshire?
Often as a Teaching Assistant you would be assigned to either a year group, class or a set group of children.
As well as helping the pupils reach their max potential, you will also aid the class teacher with behaviour management. The class teacher may also ask you help a group of children improve their writing, English or Math skills.
By becoming a Teaching Assistant in Bedfordshire you will get to experience the enjoyment of the classroom without the stress of marking or lesson planning.
After you’ve become a Teaching Assistant you could consider studying to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). This type of role will involve assisting the teacher a lot more and you may end up helping with lesson planning.
There are several recognised qualifications to qualify you to become a Teaching Assistant including a CACHE/NVQ Level 2 and 3.
Looking to be a Learning Support Assistant?
The main difference as a Learning Support Assistant is that you would be assigned to one or two pupils who need pastoral support. These pupils often have special educational needs.
As well as working closely with the teacher you will also work closely with the school’s SENCo.
The type of support needed will vary. However, just like a Teaching Assistant you will need enthusiasm, passion and a basic knowledge of Maths and English.
You will have to deliver interventions with one or two pupils to help them keep up to speed with the rest of the class.
Check the vacancy details
A lot of the time vacancies being advertised will use the title of Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is important to check the vacancy details to ensure you are applying for the role most suited to you.
Tick Education can help you fill in any blanks and advise on what path might be best for you and your career. We often have Teaching Assistant in Bedfordshire and Learning Support Assistant in Bedfordshire roles available.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01234 975200 and check out our latest vacancies here – https://tickeducation.co.uk/tick-jobs/
Considering a qualification to become a Teaching Assistant in Bedforshire?
See https://www.ncchomelearning.co.uk/how-to-become-a-teaching-assistant for an up to date list of the qualifications you can undertake to become a Teaching Assistant.