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Teaching Assistant - Job Description

Teaching Assistant Job Description


Teaching and learning

  • Assist in the educational and social development of students under the direction and guidance of the faculty leader and class teachers.
  • Assist the faculty leader and class teachers in the planning of work programmes for individuals and groups of students and developing extended activities. Help monitor their progress.
  • Provide support for individual students inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities; support students with specific learning needs and help develop their social skills
  • Undertake planned and unplanned cover in the short-term absence of teachers in all curriculum areas. 
  • To undertake lunchtime supervision as directed. (Duties)


Administrative duties

  • Support teachers in preparation and production of classroom materials
  • Ensure that all departmental materials and equipment are in good, safe working order and stored safely and securely
  • Assist teachers with maintaining student records
  • Prepare and present displays of students' work both in the classroom and surrounding areas
  • Assist with the planning and organising of departmental trips
  • Assist with examination administration if required


Other Duties

  • To maintain confidentiality and observe data protection and associated guidelines where appropriate.
  • To understand and comply with all other relevant school policies.
  • Participate in in-service training as appropriate to role


Person Specification


Necessary requirements





  • A good level of education


  • A-Level in a related area.
  • Degree, Diploma or other recognised professional qualification in a relevant area.





  • Good organisational skills including the ability to plan, prioritise, work to deadline and manage time effectively
  • Good IT skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively to students, parents and other colleagues orally and in writing
  • Have a basic understanding of data and how it can be used to support student learning



  • Has previous similar experience working in a school (voluntary or paid)
  • Experience of analysing numerical data (statistics) and presenting it in readily accessible formats (Excel etc.)
  • First Aid Qualification




  • A basic knowledge of policy and issues surrounding education



  • Knowledge or experience of working in educational organisations or in youth related organisations.


Attitudes and Values


  • Enjoys being with children and seeing them learn in a positive climate
  • Ability to work in a systematic, orderly and organised manner without supervision.
  • Take pride in work, with an eye to accuracy and detail
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and diversity practice
  • Ability to self evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities



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