Role of Teaching Assistant

The role of a TA varies from school to school. TAs may work supporting an individual or a group of pupils, or they may support the teacher in the classroom.

Some schools employ TAs with a specialism, such as literacy, numeracy, English as an additional language, the creative arts or special education needs. TAs work under the guidance/supervision of the classroom teacher.

Day-to-day tasks could include:
  • planning, delivering and evaluating teaching and learning activities
  • preparing the classroom for lessons
  • helping pupils who need extra support to complete tasks, individually and in groups
  • observing pupil performance and reporting on observations to the teacher
  • supervising art and craft activities and displaying work
  • looking after children who are upset or have had accidents
  • playing educational games with children and encouraging younger children to learn through play
  • setting up information and communication technology (ICT) resources and supporting teaching and learning through the use of ICT
  • listening to pupils read, reading to them, or telling them stories
  • helping with outings and sports events, and
  • carrying out routine administrative tasks
TAs are not required to lead lessons but may supervise a class should its assigned teacher be temporarily unavailable. 

What skills does a TA need?
  • an ability to build good working relationships with both pupils and adults
  • good organisational skills
  • enjoy working with and have an interest in children
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • ability to manage groups of pupils and deal with challenging behaviour

Click on the attachment below for the excellent DfES guide to supporting the TA

Rohan Roberts,
Jul 1, 2011, 8:03 AM