Teaching Assistant to Teacher – What’s involved?

Although working as a teaching assistant has numerous benefits and you may be content, it is only normal to want to advance in your profession and become a teacher. You can advance your career by switching from a teaching assistant to a teacher.

When you start teaching, things will alter. The degree of responsibility you will bear will be one of the most significant adjustments. Your position will change from one of assistance to one of educator. Lesson planning, preparation, and delivery will be your responsibility in accordance with national curriculum standards.

There are a variety of benefits to becoming a teacher, such as raising your income, and changing lives, and you’ll never stop learning.

You must take ITET with QTS to become a certified teacher. You can do this by enrolling in a university or in a QTS development programme run by your school, such as Straight to Teaching.

Teacher V’s Coach

Some people may think that a teacher and a coach are the same thing when they are not. Teaching is focused on acquiring new knowledge and skills, whereas coaching is focused on refining and developing existing knowledge and skills. Ownership and responsibility for success are placed on the teacher. Where with coaching, both parties have a responsibility, and it opens up a communication pathway. Coaching often happens when dealing with real-life, on-the-job problems. Teaching is a theoretical situation that may or may not arise. Teaching also usually has a defined timeline with an end goal or deadline in place. Coaching will happen over an undefined period of time.

Teaching is used when someone has no previous knowledge. Communication differs when coaching assumes a level of knowledge to be built upon. A teacher will be one-sided and instructional, whereas a coach is two-way, with the emphasis being on the person being coached to come up with their own conclusions.

Thinking about becoming a Teacher?

So you’d love to inspire our future generations? Would you know where to start?

You’d need to decide first who you want to teach. Would it be Early Years (Up to 5yrs), Primary (age 5-11yrs), Secondary (age 11-18yrs), or further education. You could look at getting some experience to decide which age group you prefer.

To be eligible for postgraduate primary or secondary initial teacher training courses, you would need a degree or equivalent qualification. You would also need Maths, English and Science grade 4 (C) or above.

If it’s the cost that’s putting you off, you could get funding that wouldn’t need to be paid back if you train to teach certain subjects.

Exploring the right training for you, would it be PGCE or directly into a school.

The final step would be actually applying, you could get a teacher training advisor who would be able to help with various stages, including getting your application ready.

Good Luck!

The Teaching Assistant Role

A teaching assistant is a member of the teaching staff that assists the teacher with instructional tasks. Teaching assistants are often employed in primary and secondary schools. They usually take care of administrative tasks such as taking attendance and managing classrooms.

The teaching assistant’s role is to provide classroom support, such as helping children with their work or giving assistance to the teacher to answer questions. They are also responsible for managing the class for minor tasks, such as distributing materials.

The best way to become a teaching assistant is through volunteering. This will let you explore your interest, build up your resume, and make connections with potential employers. You can also go back to school for an education degree or certificate if you want more formal training.

Teaching assistants can choose to specialise in supporting children with special educational needs. They are expected to know and understand the learning process from various perspectives, including the learners, parents, and teachers.

Ways to Train to become a teacher

Most posts require you to be of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to work within a school in England.  Here are a few ways to train, depending on your circumstances.

Have a Degree

University-led training: you will spend about one-third of your time in university and the rest in school placements.
Train as you teach: on a school direct (Fee-funded) course, you spend more time learning on the job than on the academic side.
Earn a salary: Some training programmes like School Direct (salaried) and postgraduate teaching apprenticeships offer you a salary.  Again this option means you spend less time learning at university.

Don’t have a Degree

Undergraduate teacher training degree: These courses can take up to 4 years. Qualifications vary depending on the course. You could get QTS with a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Education (BEd) or Bachelor of Science (BSc).